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An overview of the current Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP) in Canada

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An overview of the current Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP) in Canada

Thursday, October 05, 2017 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM (CST) (1 pm – 2 pm EST)

This webinar is available in English.

Concept:The National Collaborating Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCCID) continues its series of public health podcasts and webinars on refugee health. This time our webinar will offer an overview to service providers and policy makers of the current Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP), coverage offered to various refugee streams in Canada.

Dr. Y.Y. Brandon Chen and Ms. Siffan Rahman will discuss in detail the beneficiaries and coverage, the recent changes to the program, registration and reimbursement process for service providers and ongoing challenges and gaps of the IFHP. Dr. Chen will also explain some key findings and recommendations from his pilot study conducted in Ottawa.

Participants will have a chance to discuss problems and practical issues in an interactive Q & A session period following the presentation. Registrants are invited to submit questions of interest prior to the webinar to S.M. Zeeshan Qadar at

Access Instructions:

Please click the link below and sign in into the webinar room as a guest with your full name.

We recommend attendees listen to the webinar through their computer speakers or headphones. However, if this is not possible you can use the teleconference dial-in information below (please be sure to mute your phone to minimize disruption).

Toll-free dial-in number: 1-866-792-1319

Conference ID: 4992517

Thank you and we look forward to your participation,



Dr. Y.Y. Brandon Chen

Y.Y. Brandon Chen is an Assistant Professor at the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law, Common Law Section. He holds Master of Social Work and Juris Doctor degrees from the University of Toronto, and is currently a Doctor of Juridical Science candidate at the same university. His research program focuses on the examination of health inequities facing marginalized populations, particularly noncitizens and racialized minorities. His published work has touched on such topics as health rights litigation, refugee health care, social determinant of health, and medical tourism. Between 2009 and 2011, Y.Y. was publicly appointed to the Ontario Advisory Committee on HIV/AIDS. He served as the Co-Chair of the Committee for Accessible AIDS Treatment from 2014 to 2016. He is currently a Board member of the Canadian Centre on Statelessness.

Ms. Siffan Rahman

Siffan Rahman, Program Manager at Somerset West Community Health Centre, oversees the activities of the Ottawa Newcomer Health Centre, which serves and advocates for immigrants and refugees in different capacities. She sits on the Ottawa Local Immigration Partnership’s Health and Wellbeing Sector Table and co-chairs a working group striving to increase access to mental health services for immigrants and refugees. Siffan is a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Association of Community Health Centres and co-chairs its Newcomer Health working group. She also sits on the advisory committee of Connecting Ottawa. Siffan has a B.Sc. in Psychology and is currently enrolled in the Masters of Health Administration program at University of Ottawa.

Note: Funding for the series was provided by the Public Health Agency of Canada. The opinions expressed are those of the speaker(s) and do not necessarily reflect the official views of the Public Health Agency of Canada or the host organization, National Collaborating Centre for Infectious Disease (NCCID).

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