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Office of Global Health Initiatives to Host Panel on Treating Patients From Ukraine and Afghanistan

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 26, 2022) — The University of Kentucky International Center’s Office of Global Health Initiatives will host a virtual panel discussion noon Wednesday, April 27, focused on treating patients from Afghanistan and Ukraine. Refugee populations pose unique challenges for health care providers, and this discussion aims to equip providers with the tools to best treat their patients.

“This discussion is the perfect opportunity for those working in health care to learn about some of the current political, cultural, legal and health challenges we’re seeing in treating these populations,” said Assistant Provost for Global Health Initiatives Melody Ryan. "We want to prepare health care providers, so they can provide the best care possible.”

The panel will be moderated by Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine Joel Hamm, and will feature experts in their field, including:

  • Marilyn Daniel, attorney;
  • Katherine Crabtree, physician;
  • Robert Farley, author; and
  • Jeanmarie Rouhier-Willoughby, professor of Russian studies, folklore and linguistics.

Registration for “Think Globally, Act Locally: Special Considerations for Patients from Afghanistan and Ukraine” can be found here.

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