Health Challenges among Displaced Populations

Tuesday, September 5  7:00 PM MT

Doctors Without Borders presents a panel discussion about the medical challenges faced by refugees, internally displaced people, and asylum seekers. This special event is part of the launch of our interactive exhibition about the global refugee crisis: Forced From Home. We will explore the specific health care needs of people on the move, and examine the impact of border closures and other restrictive measures. MSF aid workers will share their first-hand experiences treating refugees and displaced people in various settings around the world. We will also explore the medical challenges people may face after resettlement in the United States.

6:00 PM – Reception

Join Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) for a short reception before the start of this important global health discussion.


Dr. John Lawrence, MSF-USA Board of Directors President, was appointed president of the board of directors of MSF-USA in June 2016, having previously served as vice president of the board. Dr. Lawrence attended Dartmouth College and Dartmouth Medical School, then completed a family practice internship and worked as a general medical officer in Tuba City, Arizona, on the Navajo Reservation. He then returned to residency and completed training in general surgery at the University of Rochester, in Rochester, New York, and pediatric surgery at St. Christopher’s Hospital in Philadelphia. For the past 20 years, he has been a practicing pediatric surgeon, primarily in academic settings, and he is currently a staff pediatric surgeon at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY. Owing in part to a longstanding interest in global health, Lawrence has completed eight surgical missions with MSF since 2009 and recently began coursework for an MPH degree through the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Lawrence has served MSF as a surgeon in the Central African Republic, Ivory Coast, Haiti, Syria, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Dr. Africa Stewart, MSF-USA Board of Dircetors, graduated with honors from Johns Hopkins University in 1995 with a BA in psychology and mathematical science. She then attended Drexel University Medical School in Philadelphia. In 1999 she completed a Masters of Business Administration with a concentration in Strategic Planning from the University of Pittsburgh’s Katz School of Business. She then returned to Philadelphia to finish her medical training at Drexel. In 2000 she received a Doctorate in Medicine and began Obstetrics and Gynecology residency at Hahnemann University Hospital. Her career with MSF began in Sudan in June 2011. Dr. Stewart has completed 4 surgical field missions and served as a guide for the Forced From Home exhibit in 2016. She continues to support women’s health care locally and abroad with an emphasis on education and prevention.

Kit Taintor is the Colorado State Refugee Coordinator, responsible for statewide coordination of Colorado’s refugee resettlement program. She oversees the Colorado Refugee Services Program (CRSP) which is part of the Colorado Department of Human Services. Prior to her appointment as State Refugee Coordinator, Kit served CRSP as the Grant and Program Manager and worked with refugees and immigrants as the Executive Director of the Colorado African Organization. Kit’s background includes graduate study at Tulane University’s School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. She has a BA in English Literature from the University of Virginia. She served in the Peace Corps as a volunteer in Mulanje District, Malawi, and has worked extensively in both Uganda and Malawi.

Dr. Jamaluddin Moloo is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Radiology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and is Director of the Urban Underserved Track at the school. His work with refugees includes being part of a team which developed a clinic for refugees in Central America and more recently he spearheaded the development of the Colorado Refugee Wellness Center, a clinic for newly arriving refugees in the Denver-metro region. He continues to work with a number of underserved populations including refugees. Dr. Moloo was born in Bangladesh and with his family escaped during its civil war to Pakistan, and thereafter to Canada, before immigrating to the US.

Moderator TBA.

NOTE: Seating i​s available on a first-come, first-served basis.Please check in at least five minutes before the start of the panel in order to guarantee your reservation.

This event is part of the Forced From Home exhibition in Boulder, CO


Tue, September 5, 2017

7:00 PM – 8:30 PM MDT

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