Non-Accredited Activities

Issues in Immigrant Health and Cross Cultural Communication

Activity Details
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  • Cost: Free
  • Release: Jul 18, 2017
  • Expires: Jul 18, 2019
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John O.  Gibson John O. Gibson, MD, FAAFP, DIMPH
UNTHSC, Assistant Professor, Family Medicine and Community Health
UNTHSC, Director, Global Health Education
JPS, Faculty, Family Medicine Residency
JPS, Director, Global Health Training and Fellowship
JPS, Faculty, Family Medicine Obstetric Fellowship
JPS, Director, Ultrasound Training
Suranaree University of Technology, Nakornrachasima, Thailand, Adjunct Faculty, Medicine

Needs Statement

The United States and the DFW area are experiencing significant increases in the immigrant and refugee population arriving to our communities.  This lecture will briefly explore the various countries and people groups that are coming to our area and the reasons for their migration and circumstances for refugee status.  We will then look at specific issues in cross cultural communication for these various groups.  Finally we will look at some specific health concerns of recent immigrants and refugees and how to increase our competency as providers to care for this vulnerable population.

Target Audience

This activity is intended for medical professionals, including physicians, NPs, PAs, nurses, and others.


  • Identify the primary counties of origin for our refugee population and discuss the factors creating this situation;
  • Enhance competency in cross cultural communication and understanding to better meet the needs of our refugee population; and
  • Describe some of the disease processes common to the differing people groups immigrating to our area to enhance our medical knowledge and ability to treat our patients effectively.

Faculty Disclosure

John Gibson has nothing to disclose.