Summer Institute Series

Institute in Peace, Health and Sustainability with McGill University

View information below pertaining to our five courses over three weeks from May 23-June 09, 2023 in collaboration with McGill University.

Peace through Health

May 23 – May 26, 2023


Online only. Course will be live approximately 8:00am-12:30pm (ET) each day May 23-26, 2023. Live content will be recorded.


The course explores basic principles and practice of “Peace through Health”, demonstrating how peace and health perspectives and work can complement each other. By examining concepts, competencies, determinants, indicators and real-world examples of the interrelationships and interlinkages between peace/war/violence and health/disease/illness, it allows for the critical analysis of integrated peace and health paradigms and delves into the effects of conflict on health and the practice of healthcare, and subsequently the use of health-based concepts and practice to transform conflict.


Neil Arya (BASc MD CCFP FCFP DLitt)

  • Fellow, Balsillie School for International Affairs
  • Past VP, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) Congress
  • Founding President, PEGASUS Institute for Peace, Global Health, and Sustainability
  • Physicians for Global Survival (Canadian Affiliate of IPPNW) 2000-2002 President
  • Canadian Physicians for Research and Education in Peace (CPREP) 2013- January 2020– President/ Chair
  • Has taught Peace through Health at McMaster University, the University of Waterloo and has lectured around the world on this topic
  • Editor of Peace through Health: How Health Professionals Work for A Less Violent World
  • Dr. Arya has also participated in a number of international consultancies related to Peace through Health
  • Detailed biography of Dr. Arya
  • Neil Arya –  (BASc MD CCFP FCFP DLitt) is a past Vice President of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW), which won the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize and of President of Physicians for Global Survival (PGS) and has written and lectured around the world about Peace through Health.
  • Barry S. Levy- Bs a physician and epidemiologist who has written and spoken for many years about the impact of armed conflict on health, human rights, and the environment. He is the author of the recently published book “From Horror to Hope: Recognizing and Preventing the Health Impacts of War,” editor of several other books on this and related subjects, and author of numerous journal articles and book chapters.
  • Eliana Barrios Suarez –  is an Emeritus Associate Professor at Wilfrid Laurier University as well as an Adjunct Research Faculty. Eliana received her PhD and MSW from the University of Toronto. Born and raised in Peru, she began involvement with the Pegasus Institute as a peace and human rights advocate.
  • Chloe Eward (MPH, HBA)- Chloe Eward (MPH, HBA) chose a career path in Public Health after discovering and studying the numerous cross relationships between both the built and natural environment, social and economic inequities, and a population’s state of health. What really hit home and pushed her to continue her work in peace, global health, and sustainability, was learning the political complexities and inequities that exist within the practice of Sustainable Development in places where a good state of health and access to healthcare is a privilege. Chloé’s work with the Pegasus Institute is to help build its Francophone and Emerging Leaders networks.
  • Emperatriz Crespin, M.D. is a Salvadoran public health doctor, with a specialty in health workforce policies and an MA in health economics. Currently, Dr Crespin works at the Ministry of Health for the SIBASI CENTRO (Central Comprehensive Basic Health System) in San Salvador and has over 20 years experience in violence prevention and public health including technical tools, Capacity Works Model for Development, Gender Based Violence, Human Rights and Public Administration.
  • Friederike Bubenzer leads Peacebuilding Interventions Programme on interconnectedness between mental health and psycho-social support (MHPSS) and peace building at the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation in South Africa on. In this capacity she contributes to peacebuilding, social cohesion and reconciliation processes with policy makers and civil society leaders across the continent to develop inclusive and context-specific 
  • Innocent Ntaganira, MD, MSc, MA – is a Global/Public Health practitioner with more than 38 years of professional experience including 19 years with the World Health Organization (WHO). He retired from the WHO on 30 June 2021, the last position being that of Head of the WHO Liaison Office to the African Union (AU) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Dr Ntaganira’s public health journey took him through various levels of national health system governance, from primary health care level to national policy making levels in Burundi and Rwanda.
  • Izzeldin Abuelaish, MD, MPH – is a Palestinian medical doctor who was born and raised in Jabalia Refugee Camp in the Gaza Strip. He is a passionate and eloquent proponent of peace between Palestinians and Israelis and has dedicated his life to using health as a vehicle for peace. He has succeeded despite all odds through a great determination of spirit, a strong faith, and a stalwart belief in hope and family
  • Katelyn Cassin, Ph.D – is a Postdoctoral Fellow for the Peacebuilding and Local Knowledge Network (PLKN), which explores the ways in which international security organizations understand, acquire and integrate local knowledge(s) into their decision making and practices. She has also been a Sessional Professor for the School of International Development and Global Studies at the University of Ottawa, teaching on global citizenship and cosmopolitanism, as well as the security-development nexus.
  • Kaveh Khoshnood Ph.D – is a Postdoctoral Fellow for the Peacebuilding and Local Knowledge Network (PLKN), which explores the ways in which international security organizations understand, acquire and integrate local knowledge(s) into their decision making and practices. She has also been a Sessional Professor for the School of International Development and Global Studies at the University of Ottawa, teaching on global citizenship and cosmopolitanism, as well as the security-development nexus.
  • Nathan C. Funk, Ph.D- is Associate Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies at Conrad Grebel University College, the University of Waterloo, in Waterloo, Ontario. His research and writing address religious and cultural dimensions of conflict and peacemaking, and focus especially on the Middle Eastern context, on local empowerment in international peacebuilding, and on sustained dialogue.
  • Pakisa Tshimika MPH, DrPH MMH Hope Executive Director and Founder –  He was born in Kajiji, Democratic Republic of Congo near the border of Angola to a Mennonite Brethren (MB) pastor and his hospitable mother Rebecca Makeka. He began in 1974 studies at Pacific College in Fresno CA with the intention of returning as the first native surgeon in Kajiji.
  • Rob Chase MD MSc FRCPC – Assistant Professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba. His medical specialty area is Public Health and Preventive Medicine with clinical interest in Occupational Health. In the 1990s he was involved in the formation of ‘Peace Through Health’ at McMaster University with project work in Sri Lanka and Afghanistan.
  • Samer Jabbour –  pursues a dual path in medicine as a cardiologist and in public health as a professor of public health practice, American University of Beirut (AUB) in Lebanon. He previously directed the Department of Noncommunicable Diseases & Mental Health at WHO EMRO and led the Public Health in the Arab World initiative at AUB. His current work focuses on health in relation to war/conflict, human rights, and humanitarian research.
  • Steve Hargarten –  is a Professor of Emergency Medicine and the Founding and former Director of the Medical College of Wisconsin’s Comprehensive Injury Center, where he currently serves as the Senior Injury and Policy Advisor. He was the Founding Dean at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW).
  • Valerie Percival – Associate Professor of International Affairs Health and Conflict, Post Conflict Health Reconstruction, Health Systems, HIV/AIDS and Conflict Analysis Valerie Percival is an Associate Professor at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (NPSIA) at Carleton University and a Commissioner with the LancetSIGHT Commission on Peace, Justice, and Gender Equality for Healthy Societies.
  • Vinay Jindal (MD) – is co-chair of Toronto’s Hiroshima Nagasaki Day Coalition (HNDC) and Past-president of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War Canada (IPPNWC). In 2006, Dr. Jindal worked in Myanmar with Médecins Sans Frontières and witnessed the effects of an underfunded, inequitable healthcare system in one of the world’s “least developed countries”—a country that was contemplating funding a nuclear weapons program. 
  • Yogesh Choudhri –   is a public health physician with a Masters in preventive and social medicine from India and a Master’s in Public Health from Israel. He has worked in Public Health policy and programming on a cross section of public health issues for the last three decades, including communicable diseases, Vaccine-preventable diseases, Environmental Health (lead toxicity, nuclear accidents, chemical spills). He has been involved with introducing health care reforms in India (public-private mix), planning and evaluation of hospital services and building community partnerships
  • Faculty are still being confirmed and there may be changes to the above list.

The connections between health-disease and peace-war are multiple. Militarized violence and war have serious and negative effects on human health, both directly and indirectly- directly, through casualties and injuries, and indirectly, through disrupted economic and social systems that address health needs as well as instilled fear and distrust. Thus, working against violence in all its forms should promote human health and wellbeing. The health sector offers an especially interesting form of peacebuilding, known as “Peace through Health” or as termed by WHO “Health as a Bridge to Peace”. The course is meant to allow critical analysis of the interrelationships between health-disease and peace-violence and the role of health-related interventions and humanitarian work as a means of discouraging violence and addressing root causes. A case study approach including examples from personal experiences of lecturers in Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Israel/Palestine, El Salvador, Sri Lanka through a theoretical lens of primary, secondary and tertiary prevention.

Scholarships Apply Here

Scholarships covering the full cost of registration are available for participants from low and middle income countries (LMICs) and from underserved communities in high-income countries to register for the McGill-PEGASUS Institute Peace through Health Course courtesy of the Lionel Penrose Trust.

If you would like to apply for a scholarship to register for this course, please commplete this form. Include your resume and a short cover letter describing your motivation and interest in the course, how will it might benefit your career and personal goals, any previous experience you have had in peace/health work, situations of conflict, development or humanitarian work. Deadline is rolling and applications will be reviewed and approved until funding is exhausted. Email with any questions.

Find out more about our Peace through Health scholarship

Environment and Global Health 

May 29 -June 2, 2023


Course will be live in French approximately 8:30am-12:00pm (Montreal time) and in English approximately 1:00-4:30pm on May 29 – June 2, 2023. Participants are welcome to join either French or English sessions or both. There will be some unique material and some overlap of materials between the two languages, but each part is meant to be stand alone. All teaching will be recorded and available to view until July 1, 2023.


Global health crises unfolding around the world are inextricably linked to the sustainability of vital bio-physical systems. Environmental health approaches explore the interdependent relationship between human health and natural ecosystems. This course examines the environment-health links from healthcare practitioner, environmental science, public health and policy perspectives. It is designed for those who wish to gain insight into how human health and well-being is directly affected by environmental factors and to explore a variety of approaches to environment and health problems on macro and micro-scales.


Neil Arya (BASc MD CCFP FCFP DLitt)

  • Founding Board President PEGASUS Institute
    Adjunct Professor- Environment and Resource Studies, University of Waterloo
    Former Chair Ontario College of Family Physicians (OCFP) Environmental Health Committee and member Pest Management Advisory Council of Health Canada
  • Detailed biography of Dr. Arya

Nolwenn Noisel PhD

  • Holds a master’s degree in applied and environmental chemistry from the University of Orleans in France, as well as a master’s degree in toxicology and a PhD in public health from the University of Montreal.
  • She is an assistant professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at the School of Public Health of the Université de Montréal. She specialises in public health, with expertise in toxicology and biomonitoring of environmental contaminants for the general population and the workers.
  • She actively collaborates with Health Canada’s national biomonitoring program and acts as an expert for Santé Publique France and the Agence nationale de sécurité sanitaire de l’alimentation, de l’environnement et du travail (Anses) in France.
  • Trevor Hancock– is a public health physician and health promotion consultant. He ‘retired’ in 2018 from his role as Professor and Senior Scholar at the School of Public Health and Social Policy at the University of Victoria.
  • George R. Lueddeke [Ph.D., MEd, Dipl. AVES (Hon.)] is an education advisor in higher, medical and One Health education and leads the international One Health for One Planet Education initiative (1 HOPE) in association with national and global organisations. 
  • Jonathan Guillemot- is a lecturer and researcher in gerontology at the College of Health Sciences of Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador, where he currently directs the Institute of Social Medicine & Global Challenges USFQ (Instituto de Medicina Social & Desafíos Globales).
  • Esther Yazzie-Lewis – grew up south of Farmington, herding sheep and farming. Navajo is her first language and she acquired English at school. Ms. Yazzie-Lewis received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, and a Master of Arts in Public Administration and in American Studies from the University of New Mexico.
  • Simron Singh, PhD – conducts socio-metabolic research on small islands. As an industrial ecologist, he tracks material and energy flows through island systems: what and how many resources are locally produced, imported, transformed, used, stocked, and discarded.
  • Bénédicte Jacquemin – has a degree in Medicine from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (2000), a Master in Environmental Sciences from the Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain (2005) and a PhD in Life and Health Sciences from the University Pompeu Fabra of Barcelona, Spain (2007). She did a postdoc (2007-2009) at the Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale (INSERM), in the Respiratory and Environmental Epidemiology team in Villejuif, France. In October 2009 she became a researcher in the same institution.
  • Michael Gilbertson, PhD worked for the Canadian Federal Government for 34 years (1969-2004) at the interface between science and regulatory policy. During sixteen years at the International Joint Commission, at the Great Lakes Regional Office, he organized conferences encouraging research scientists to apply Hill’s approach to their case studies of injury in Great Lakes fish, wildlife and human populations exposed to persistent toxic substances.
  • Mylene Ratelle  (PhD, MSc, PMP) is an Adjunct Professor and Research Scientist working in the School of Public Health Sciences at University of Waterloo, Ontario (Canada). She is specialized in public health, with an expertise in environmental risk assessment and management for vulnerable or remote populations.
  • Jean-Paul Joseph GONZALEZ, M.D., Ph.D. Dr. Gonzalez is a medical professional, with a career as a scientist, research director, professor, and author. With over 35 years of worldwide experience, he continues to manage medical research under contract mainly directed to low- and medium-income countries.
  • Sherilee Harper – Biography to be announced
  • Bénédicte Jacquemin has a degree in Medicine, a Master in Environmental Sciences and a PhD in Life and Health Sciences. She was a researcher at the Respiratory and Environmental Epidemiology and joined the Research Institute for Environmental and Occupational Health (INSERM-U1085).
  • Tina Lines, MSc – Tina has an MSc in Global Public Health & more than 10 years of experience in international development; having worked in project development for health and education projects primarily for countries in Africa, working with Plan Canada, the IOM, Canadian Feed the Children, and IDRF, among others.
  • Jen Moore –  is an Associate Fellow based in Mexico City with the Global Economy Program at the Institute for Policy Studies, a U.S. think tank dedicated to building a more equitable, ecologically sustainable, and peaceful society in partnership with social movements. For over ten years, Jen Moore has been researching, writing and collaborating closely with the struggles of mining-affected communities and allied organizations in Latin America, Canada and other parts of the world.
  • Gilles Dufrasne – Is a policy officer at Carbon Market Watch, an NGO specialised in carbon pricing and carbon markets. Gilles works on international climate policies, with a special focus on international carbon markets and offsetting. He tracks developments at the United Nations climate talks, in voluntary offsetting initiatives, as well as in the aviation sector. 
  • Thierno Diallo – is an assistant professor in the Faculty of Nursing at the Université Laval, Canada. His research interests focus on approaches to intersectoral action for health, urban health and climate change and health. He has worked with public interest organizations, higher education institutions and government agencies in Europe and Canada, as well as United Nations agencies including the United Nations Environment Programme. 
  • Riina Bray – Biography to be announced
  • Charlotte Scheerens – Biography to be announced
  • Eveline Decoster – is a medical doctor with a specialization in dermatology and venereology as well as an additional master in global health at the Ghent University in Belgium. She is both working as a dermatologic surgeon at AZ Delta Hospital (Belgium) and as an advisor on environment & health at the office of the Belgian Minister of Climate, Environment, Sustainable Development & Green deal
  • Warren Bell – is a past president of Physicians for Global Survival, and past founding president of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment. He is also a past president of the Association of Complementary and Integrative Physicians of B.C.
  • Melissa Lem – Biography to be announced
  • Faculty are still being confirmed and there may be changes to the above list

Speakers will share experiences and expertise on local and global issues such as: climate change, pesticides, air, water and food contamination related to extractive industries, agricultural practices, different ways of knowing and advocacy from health perspectives. Course participants will also be encouraged to reflect and share their own observations and examples.

Environnement et santé mondiale

Du 29 mai au 2 juin 2023


En ligne seulement. Le cours sera donné en temps réel en français d’environ 8 h 30 à 12 h (heure de Montréal) et en anglais d’environ 13 h à 16 h 30, du 29 mai au 2 juin 2023. Les participant(e)s sont invité(e)s à assister aux séances dans l’une ou l’autre des langues (ou les deux). Une partie de la documentation sera commune aux deux langues, mais le cours français est conçu indépendamment du cours anglais. Toutes les séances seront enregistrées.


Les crises sanitaires qui font rage à l’échelle de la planète sont indissociables des problèmes de durabilité liés aux systèmes biophysiques essentiels. Dans la démarche axée sur la santé environnementale, on s’intéresse particulièrement à l’interdépendance entre la santé humaine et les écosystèmes naturels. Le présent cours examine les liens entre l’environnement et la santé du point de vue de la médecine, des sciences environnementales ainsi que des politiques publiques. Il est destiné aux étudiant(e)s qui souhaitent comprendre pourquoi et comment les facteurs environnementaux influent directement sur la santé et le bien-être humains, et explorer les problématiques environnementales et sanitaires, à grande comme à petite échelle.


Neil Arya (BASc MD CCFP FCFP DLitt)

  • Président fondateur du PEGASUS Institute
    Professeur associé, Études sur l’environnement et les ressources, Université de Waterloo
    Ancien président du comité Santé environnementale du Collège des médecins de famille de l’Ontario et membre du Conseil consultatif de la lutte antiparasitaire de
  • Detailed biography of Dr. Arya

Nolwenn Noisel PhD

  • Professeure adjointeÉcole de santé publique, Département de santé environnementale et santé au travail, Université de Montréal

Les intervenant(e)s discuteront de leur expérience et transmettront leurs connaissances spécialisées sur des questions d’importance, ici et ailleurs, notamment : les changements climatiques, les pesticides, la contamination de l’air, de l’eau et des aliments associée aux industries extractives, les pratiques agricoles, les savoirs traditionnels et le militantisme sous l’angle de la santé. Les participant(e)s seront invité(e)s à participer à la réflexion et à parler de leurs propres expériences et observations, exemples à l’appui.

Introduction to Migration and Health

June 5-June 9, 2023


Course will be live to both the in-person and online participants approximately 8:30am-12:30pm (Montreal time) each day June 5-June 9, 2023. Live content will be recorded.


There is a recognition that the global humanitarian system is built on a colonial structure resulting in widespread injustices shown so starkly during the COVID-19 pandemic. This unique course will explore the challenges and dilemmas of decolonizing humanitarian action by looking at three key issues confronting humanitarian action today: forced migration, climate crisis, and access to medicines. Through a combination of inspiring lectures and interactive case studies, the course will explore emerging ethical dilemmas and current controversies around these issues. Building a bridge between theory and practice, this course will enable participants to tackle the challenges within their own spheres of influence.


Neil Arya (BASc MD CCFP FCFP DLitt)

  • Dr. Arya remains an Assistant Clinical Professor in Family Medicine at McMaster University (part-time) and continues as the Founder & Director of the Centre for Family Medicine Refugee Health Clinic in collaboration with the Kitchener Waterloo Reception Centre. The Refugee Health Clinic has provided case-specific specialized care since 2008. Dr. Arya was lead physician developing the Psychiatric Outreach Project, providing mental health services for those with precarious housing in St. John’s Kitchen in Kitchener–tasks which led to him receiving the 2009 College of Family Physicians of Canada “Geeta Gupta Award for Equity and Diversity” and in 2013 he received an Ontario College of Family Physicians Award of Excellence. He later participated in development of national Homeless Health Guidelines. Dr. Arya was a Fellow at the International Migration Research Centre (IMRC), Wilfrid Laurier University and is on the conference committee North American Refugee Health Conference (NARHC). He co-edited the book, Underserved: Health Determinants of Indigenous, Inner-City and Migrant Populations in Canada in 2018
  • Detailed biography of Dr. Arya
  • Monica Abdelkader– is the Director of Resettlement and Settlement Services at the Association for New Canadians in Newfoundland and Labrador. Over the last 15 years her career has included working in refugee protection and resettlement in Canada, Egypt and Guatemala, focusing on psychosocial and (re)settlement services. She has a Masters in Health Policy and Equity from York University and has taught courses on migration and global health at York University, the American University of Cairo and Memorial University of Newfoundland..
  • Abdou Beggar – is an Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Religion and Culture. He is also a Research Affiliate at the Tshepo Institute for Contemporary African Studies and an Adjunct Professor, at the Department of French Studies, at York University.
  • Maissaa Almustafa-  is a Postdoctoral Fellow at Glendon Political Science at York University, Toronto, working on the Whole-COMM, a research project on migrant integration in Europe and Canada, funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020. Dr. Almustafa is an Adjunct Professor at the Department of Political Science at the University of Waterloo, where she teaches courses in Middle East Politics, Global South, Global Governance, and Globalization. She earned her Ph.D. in Global Governance and Master’s in International Public Policy at the Balsillie School of International Affairs, Wilfrid Laurier University.
  • Carmel Bouclaous – is Assistant Professor at the Gilbert and Rose-Marie Chagoury School of Medicine, Lebanese American University (LAU), Lebanon. She teaches social medicine, global health, and nutrition. Her research focuses on the effects of the social, political and economic environments on health and health disparities among host and refugee populations. She has a number of peer-reviewed publications and ongoing projects on such topics as health literacy, mental health following collective trauma, food insecurity, sexual beliefs and practices and others. In addition to being active in several international research networks, she has been invited by the World Health Organization Enhanced Wellbeing Unit to serve on an expert panel for the assessment of population health literacy.
  • Bree Akesson – is the Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in Global Adversity and Wellbeing, Associate Professor of Social Work at Wilfrid Laurier University, and Faculty Affiliate with the Child Protection in Crisis (CPC) Learning Network at Columbia University. With a background in both social work and public health, she has worked for over two decades with children and families impacted by war and displacement in settings such as Chechnya, Northern Uganda, Palestine, Lebanon, and Afghanistan. Her program of research ranges from micro-level understandings of the Bree Akesson Email: experiences of war-affected families to macro-level initiatives to strengthen global social service workforce systems.
  • Stephanie Hansel – MSc Public Health has worked in public health and international development for more than 20 years. Working closely with partners in low and middle-income countries, she has contributed to the design and implementation of several innovative health service and education models in maternal and child health, mental health, family health and emergency care.
  • Alexis Benos – is a public health physician, Emeritus Professor in Social Medicine and Primary Health Care at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. His work, combining academic research and teaching with political activism defending health as a social right, is centered on the development of Primary Health Care and Public Health.
  • Feride Aksu Tanık  – is physician, specialized in public health. Worked in Ankara and Ege Universities as Professor of Public Health. She is signatory of “Peace Petition” and dismissed from Ege University with a Government Decree in 2017. Bio link She took part in establishment Academy in Human Rights Foundation Turkey. She is among the founding board members of Human Rights Foundation Turkey.
  • Lisa Ariemma – is a journalist, researcher, educator and activist. She particularly focuses on issues linked to participatory citizenship, active democracy and migration. She has created and taught courses on intercultural dialogue and multiculturalism and has been published in peer-reviewed academic journals, newspapers, online journals and blogs.
  • Ilene Hyman (BSc PT, MHSc, PhD) – is an Adjunct Professor in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto and the Graduate Health Program at York University. Her research focuses on and engages with immigrant and racialized communities to identify health and social inequities, build capacity and address structural barriers through policies and programs. Ilene has conducted dozens of qualitative, quantitative and mixed method studies exploring the determinants of immigrant and refugee health, effectiveness of settlement programs, intersectoral partnerships and policy initiatives for immigrant integration and inclusion.
  • Dan Vandebelt – works with the Waterloo Region Immigration Partnership as a Community Engagement Coordinator – bringing together settlement and immigrant service providers, non-profit and ethnocultural groups and private individuals to work collectively to solve emerging and intractable challenges in the local community. These issues are always evolving – whether it is language interpretation, housing, health care access, language learning, collaborative settlement strategies, digital service delivery, etc.
  • Jessica Kwik –  s the Director of the Peel Newcomer Strategy Group (PNSG), a local immigration partnership project based out of the United Way of Greater Toronto in Peel region, Ontario, Canada. As a community collaborative, PNSG engages stakeholders to facilitate better integration of services for newcomers based on local data and planning.
  • Janet McLaughlin –  is an Associate Professor of Health Studies and a Research Associate at the International Migration Research Centre at Wilfrid Laurier University in Ontario. Since 2004, she has been conducting research on issues related to migrant agricultural workers’ health and human rights, and their access to health care and protections in Canada, and their sending states, particularly Mexico and Jamaica. This scholarship has formed the basis of numerous academic articles, book chapters, policy papers, op-eds, and documentary films, as well as over 100 media interviews/profiles.
  • Meb Rashid –  has had the privilege of working with newly arrived refugees for nearly twenty years. He is the medical director of the Crossroads Clinic, a medical clinic that serves refugees arriving in Toronto. He also co-founded the Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care, an organization founded to advocate for refugees to access health insurance and was on the steering committee of the CCIRH, a group that developed evidence-based guidelines for the assessment of newly arrived immigrants and refugees.
  • Kevin Pottie – has led a 20-year research program in global health equity and evidence-based guidelines. His systematic reviews and clinical guidelines are transforming the clinical approach to refugee care. During the European refugee health crisis, he worked at WHO and then led the European Migrant health guidelines (ECDC, 2018).
  • Rachel Talavlikar – is a primary care physician dedicated to providing equitable, high-quality care for marginalized populations including refugees and immigrants. She completed medical school and residency with additional training in global and women’s health at the University of Calgary in 2014. Her current clinical practice is based in North East Calgary, Alberta at the Mosaic Refugee Health Clinic (MRHC) Prior to medical school, she completed a degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of Alberta.
  • Bhooma Bhayana– Is a family physician who graduated from Western University MD’85. After postgraduate studies at the University of Toronto in family medicine, she practised in Toronto for five years with an emphasis on women’s health and mental health. She has been practising in London, ON for the past thirty-three years. Her interests include women’s health, obstetrics, the care of newcomers and refugees and mental health.
  • Clare Pain MD, MSc., FRCPC., D.Sc (Hons) – addis Ababa University, Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto. She works at Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto and at the Canadian Center for Victims of Torture for refugee mental health in Toronto, and at the new Mount Sinai Hospital partnership in indigenous mental health with the Community Mental Health Program and Addictions Program; a Division of Weeneebayko Area Health Authority.
  • Saly Abbas – Biography to be announced
  • Michaela Beder –  is a psychiatrist with Inner City Health Associates and with the ACT team at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto. Her work is focused on improving the system for, and providing care to, people who experience severe mental illness, homelessness, substance use, criminalization, and immigration-related difficulties. She is the Director of Mental Health and Substance Use Care for Inner City Health Associates and an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto.
  • Faculty are still being confirmed and there may be changes to the above list.


People around the world are facing profound challenges and are living in increasingly fragile contexts. These changing dynamics are forcing us to reflect on how humanitarian assistance is conceptualized and delivered to benefit vulnerable and marginalized populations. There is a recognition that the global health system is built on a colonial structure resulting in widespread injustices shown so starkly during the COVID-19 pandemic. Structural racism is a pillar of the colonial system. Today, over 65 million people have been forced to leave their homes because of conflict, violence, climate change, or extreme poverty. They are increasingly demonized by society. At the same time, inequitable access to affordable medicines and diagnostics, and significant health impacts of accelerating climate change continue to challenge our ability to deliver meaningful humanitarian assistance. This course aims to provoke reflection and debate on these trends through the lens of decolonizing humanitarian action. With input from thought leaders and community advocates from the humanitarian, environmental, and human rights field, participants will use practical examples and case studies to explore the political, human, and ethical dimensions of these three global realities.

Introducción a la Migración y la Salud

 5-9 de junio de 2023



Disponible en línea (online). El curso será en directo, en inglés comenzará aproximadamente de 8:30 a 11:30 am (hora de Montreal) y en español aproximadamente de 1:30 a 4:30 pm del 5 al 9 de junio de 2023. Los participantes pueden unirse a las cursos en inglés o/y español. Habrá material único en cada idioma y cierta repetición de material entre los dos idiomas, pero cada curso va ser independiente. Todo el curso será grabado.

Este curso multidisciplinario abordará los determinantes y problemas de salud de los migrantes, incluyendo refugiados, los solicitantes de asilo y los desplazados internos. El curso dará énfasis a los migrantes de Oriente Medio, Afganistán, el Cuerno de África y Latino América que llegan a las fronteras de América del Norte y Europa. Abordaremos esta temática desde una perspectiva de salud global abordando temas de cultura, justicia, equidad, genero, derechos humanos y marcos jurídicos, enfoques participativos y descolonizadores. Tomaremos nota del impacto de la política en los servicios sociales y la atención de la salud (incluidas las clínicas especializadas). También en la gestión no especialidad en temas como la integración, la salud mental, la salud de la mujer, la salud de los niños y el acceso a la seguridad alimentaria, el empleo, la educación y los servicios de interpretación y traducción adecuados.


Neil Arya (BASc MD CCFP FCFP DLitt)

  • Director Fundador – CFFM Refugee Health Clinic KW,
  • Miembro, Centro de Investigación de Migración Internacional y Escuela Balsillie de Asuntos Internacionales
  • Detailed biography of Dr. Arya

Cheryl Martens, PhD

  • Directora Instituto de Estudios Avanzados en Desigualdades (IEAD)
    Coordinadora de Sociología, Investigadora Departamento de Sociología y Profesora, Universidad San Francisco de Quito;
    Founding member, Pegasus Institute Latin American Network

Comenzaremos con una explicación de la historia y la geografía de los flujos migratorios, incluidos los tipos de migraciones, las razones, las clases de migrantes, el movimiento rural y urbano, las necesidades en las fronteras y los determinantes políticos de la migración. Abordaremos los problemas de salud de los migrantes, principalmente después de llegar al Norte, pero también de las poblaciones desplazadas internamente y los problemas en los campos de refugiados.

Se explorará la importancia de las consideraciones culturales en la salud mental, emocional y espiritual. Se discutirán los determinantes sociales de la salud y la importancia de los centros de acogida. Se abordarán los problemas de los trabajadores migrantes y los desafíos específicos relacionados con los solicitantes de asilo y los migrantes en condición irregulares frente a los refugiados “legales” o “legítimos”. Los profesionales de la salud especializados en la salud de los migrantes explicarán los problemas, incluso desde su propia experiencia clínica. Se abordarán temas más amplios, como el neocolonialismo y la defensa de la justicia social.

La versión en inglés va estar más orientada a los profesionales de salud y la versión en español va más orientada a los científicos sociales. La versión en español también incluirá más información sobre los pueblos indígenas como población vulnerable/desatendidos. Ambas sesiones cubrirán la salud pública y los determinantes de la salud.


Post Course Opportunities

The Peace through Health and Environment and Human Health courses Pegasus Institute will offer complimentary post-course opportunities such as mentorship opportunities with facilitators, and other international experts from our Board, Advisory Board and extensive networks. Participants will also be able to access additional information, resources and toolkits.

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