Refugee Health Initiative

What is the Refugee Health Initiative?

  • RHI logoAn exciting new FLEX opportunity that pairs medical students with newly arrived refugee families in the Lower Mainland.
  • Through personal mentorship over the course of one year, we aim to help refugees adapt to life in BC through:
    • facilitating access to various community resources
    • increasing refugees’ health literacy and ability to navigate the BC healthcare system
    • promoting healthy living
    • advocacy
    • acting as a friendly resource in a new and unfamiliar setting
  • Together with a volunteer interpreter, medical students will meet with their paired family 2-4 times per month during their FLEX time.

Why get involved?

  • Gain experience in working with a population that you WILL encounter in your future careers!
  • Improve your cross-cultural communication skills.
  • Learn about the different social resources available in BC and how to access these.
  • Practice working with interpreters.
  • Shadowing opportunities at the Bridge Clinic.
  • Learn about the exciting field of refugee health in Canada.
  • Opportunities for research projects.

Note: Unfortunately, the Refugee Health Initiative is not able to accept non-medical students at this time. A large component of the project involves shadowing in clinics and looking at medical records, both of which are tasks requiring an educational medical license to perform.

Where can I find out more?

  • Visit the Refugee Health Initiative website:
  • Contact the RHI Team Leaders (Adam Stich, Yasmeen Mansoor & Jasper Johar):