The New Canadians Health Centre aims to help refugees thrive

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The Refugee Health Coalition was formed to advocate for the establishment of the centre after a previous clinic was closed in 2017, leaving Edmonton as the only major city in Canada without a dedicated refugee health service, Caine said. Led previously by Velasquez and Caine, the coalition also included the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry’s Stan Houston and Tehseen Ladha, and is now led by U of A grad Rhianna Charchuk and emergency physician Jessie Breton.

For now, the New Canadians Health Centre is located within Catholic Social Services’ main refugee reception building in downtown Edmonton, but the long-term goal is to provide stand-alone services to new immigrants, regardless of their refugee status.

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