Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University

Refugee Health

MISSION

To achieve equity in healthcare access and health outcomes for refugees resettled in the United States.

GOALS

  • Deliver compassionate, comprehensive, longitudinal clinical care to refugees and asylees in our community.
  • Educate students and providers to procure culturally competent evidence based care for the socio-medically complex population within a collaborative framework.
  • Conduct research to evaluate and improve the delivery of care to refugees.
  • Advocate for refugees, asylees, and other immigrant populations at the local, state and federal levels.

RECENT PROJECTS

  • Healthcare Utilization Patterns among Resettled Refugees in the United States: A Systematic Review
  • Retrospective Cohort Study of Refugee Healthcare Utilization in Philadelphia, 2007-2016
  • Changes in BMI of Refugee Children Resettled in Philadelphia, PA
  • Collaborative Identification of Barriers to Overcome Cervical Cancer Screening
  • Comprehensive Refugee Health Surveillance Program (Funder: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
  • Contraception Choices of Refugee Women in Philadelphia
  • Epidemiology of Refugees Resettled in US and HBV in Refugee Children
  • Hypertensive Management for Refugees in a Patient-Centered Medical Home
  • Needs Assessment of Older Refugees
  • Perinatal Outcomes in Refugee Women
  • Post-resettlement Refugee Growth Trajectories
  • Refugee Health Screening in Philadelphia
  • The Patient-Centered Medical Home as an Effective Framework for Treating Adult Refugee Patients With Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus

DFCM RESEARCH TEAM

Marc Altshuler, MD
Rickie Brawer, PhD
Ellen Plumb, MD
Colleen Payton, MPH

CONTACT: Marc Altshuler, MD

RECENT PUBLICATIONS

Yun, K; Urban, K; Mamo, B; Matheson, J; Payton, C; Scott, K; Song, L; Stauffer, W; Stone, B; Young, J;  Lin, H. Increasing Hepatitis B vaccine prevalence among refugee children arriving in the United States, 2006-2012. American Journal of Public Health, 106(8), 1460-1462.

Subedi P, Drezner KA, Dogbey MC, Newbern EC, Yun K, Scott KC, Garland JM, Altshuler MJ, Johnson CC. Evaluation of latent tuberculous infection and treatment completion for refugees in Philadelphia, PA, 2010-2012. Int J Tuberc Lung Dis. 2015 May;19(5):565-9.

Yun, K; Matheson, J; Payton, C; Scott, K; Stone, B; Song, L; Stauffer, W; Urban, K; Young, J; Mamo, B. Health Profiles of Newly-Arrived Refugee Children in Four States, 2006-2012. American Journal of Public Health, 106(1), 128-135.

Careyva B, LaNoue M, Bangura M, de la Paz A, Gee A, Patel N, Mills G. The effect of living in the United States on body mass index in refugee patients. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2015;26(2):421-30.

Goodkind JR, Hess JM, Isakson B, LaNoue M, Githinji A, Roche N, Vadnais K, Parker DP. Reducing refugee mental health disparities: a community-based intervention to address postmigration stressors with African adults. Psychol Serv. 2014 Aug;11(3):333-46.

Pickle, S., Altshuler, M., Scott, K.  Cervical cancer screening outcomes in a refugee population. J Immigr Refug Stud. 2014;12(1):1-8.

RECENT PRESENTATIONS

Payton, C; Parente, L; Al-Hawarrim D; Manasseh, P; Scott, K; Altshuler, M. (2016, June). Barriers and facilitators to cervical cancer screening in Middle Eastern refugee women resettled in Philadelphia: A qualitative analysis of patient and provider perceptions. Oral presentation at the 6th Annual North American Refugee Health Conference, Niagara Falls, New York. 

Payton, C; DiVito, B; Shanfeld, G; Agoos, Z; Scott, K; Altshuler, M. (2016, June). Comprehensive refugee health surveillance in Philadelphia: A combined resettlement and clinical patient registry. Oral presentation at the 6th Annual North American Refugee Health Conference, Niagara Falls, New York. 

Payton, C; Ahmed, A; Agoos, Z; Parente, L; DiVito, B; Nihill, D. (2017, Apr. 6). Assessing pediatric refugee health outcomes in Philadelphia: A focus on lead screening, immunizations, and asthma diagnosis. Poster presentation at the 2017 Pennsylvania Public and Community Health Annual Conference, Lancaster, PA.

Singer, D; Djatche, L; Payton, C; Maio, V; Scott, K. (2017, May). Prevalence and Factors Associated with Completing MMR Vaccination Series in a Recently Resettled Refugee Population. Poster presentation at the 2017 International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR) Conference, Boston, MA.

Baarck, N; Fell, A; Pandya, N; Shaddock, K; Ahmed, A; Kuikel, L; Altshuler, M. (2017, June). Addressing the challenges of Bhutanese refugee elders through a senior engagement program. Poster presentation at the 2017 North American Refugee Health Conference, Toronto, Canada

Carter KL, O’Leary CM, Garland J, Altshuler M, Scott K. Improving medication adherence rates and decreasing treatment burden on physicians – An interdisciplinary model through the use of advanced practice pharmacists. North American Refugee Health Conference, Toronto, Canada, June 2015.

Patel N, Beldowski K, Salzman B. Geriatric Assessments in Older Refugees. North American Refugee Health Conference, Toronto, Canada, June 2015.

Altshuler M, Hervada-Page M, McManus RP, Scott K. A Unique Residency Experience About Refugee Health Care. Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Annual Spring Conference, Orlando, FL, April 2015.

Altshuler M, Hervada-Page M, McManus RP, Scott K. Differences in the Growth Trajectories of Refugee Children compared to a Reference Group After US Resettlement. North American Refugee Health Conference, Toronto, Canada, June 2015;Pediatric Academic Societies annual conference, San Diego, CA, April 2015.

Yun K, Song L, Matheson JS, Nelson KR, Payton C, Scott KC, Stone B, Young J, Mamo B. Health Status of Refugee Children in the US, 2006-2012. Pediatric Academic Societies annual conference, San Diego, CA, April 2015.

Yun K, Urban K, Song L, Matheson JS, Payton C, Scott KC, Stauffer W, Stone B, Young J, Mamo B.Hepatitis B infection, exposure, and immune status: Refugee children at the time of arrival in the U.S. Pediatric Academic Societies annual conference, San Diego, CA, April 2015.

Soin K, Beldowski K, Garcia KP, Bates E, Naik S. Contraception choices of refugee women in Philadelphia: A retrospective and observational study examining barriers, beliefs, and practices. Poster presented at the 2015 CUGH Global Health Conference, Mobilizing Research for Global Health, Boston, MA, March 2015.

Beldowski K, Patel N, Salzman B. Characterizing the Older Refugee Population at Jefferson Family Medicine Associates. American Geriatrics Society Annual Meeting, National Harbor, MD, May 2015.

McGrath K, Bettner L, Payton C, Mills M, Altshuler M, Scott KC. The Patient-Centered Medical Home as a Model for Treating Adult Refugee Patients with Hypertension: A Retrospective Chart Review. North American Primary Care Research Group Annual Meeting, New York, NY, November 2014.

Soin K, Beldowski K, Garcia P, Bates E, Naik S, Altschuler M.Contraception Choices of Refugee Women in Philadelphia: A Retrospective and Observational Study Examining Barriers, Beliefs, and Practices. American Academy of Family Physicians Global Health Conference, Baltimore, Maryland, October 2013; Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, San Antonio, TX, May 2014; North American Refugee Health Conference, Rochester, NY June 2014.

O’Leary CM, Altshuler M, Scott K., Hervada-Page M, Kitagawa-James K. An interdisciplinary model to improve completion of latent tuberculosis infection treatment in the refugee population. Poster presented at the AAFP 2013 Family Medicine Global Health Workshop, Baltimore, MD October 2013.

Scott, K. Ethical Considerations in Conducting Research with Refugee Communities. North American Refugee Health Conference, June 6-8, 2013, Toronto, Canada.