Research on Refugee Health Care in Ottawa

New members of Mobility & Politics, Devon Atherton and Emma Thuot, began working in an exciting field of research which they are hoping to continue in the upcoming year. Under Martin Geiger’s supervision, the two have been looking into the issues surrounding transitional refugee health care in Ottawa – with the goal of creating accessible research that can be used broadly by community members.

Although gaining ethics approval took longer than anticipated, Devon and Emma have maintained separate projects while successfully collaborating their research to provide both a short-term and long-term assessment of the transitional health care system – especially as it pertains to the recent influx of Syrian refugees.

Devon, a recipient of one of Carleton’s Summer Research Internship Awards, has focused on the short-term impacts of Syrian newcomers. Her work assesses the needs of service providers and stakeholders in the transitional health care system for Syrian refugees in Ottawa, and points to the greater need for inter-organizational communication across service provision. Her goal is to help further discussion and raise awareness to the needs of community and family healthcare centers and settlement agencies in continuing work in transitional healthcare.

Emma is finishing her final year in Public Affairs and Policy Management, and has chosen to write her Honors Research Essay in this area of study. Her project will continue where Devon’s research ends, looking at the longer-term impacts of migration on transitional healthcare and the effects of Syrian resettlement on the system as a whole. Emma finds that local organizations and health care providers face many challenges in regards to servicing refugees, and her research will explore any potential gaps in accessibility and provision.

Both Devon and Emma have been conducting interviews with professionals in the field, and are open to suggestions and comments! One of their other projects in pipeline is a workshop for practictioners in Ottawa. Please feel free to contact them to learn more about their research, or to connect them with anyone you think would be helpful.