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  • March 2, 2021 from 12:00pm to 1:30pm


Global Public Health and Migration: People, Borders, and Health Systems in the Time of the Pandemic

About this Event

This webinar is the first in a two-part event organized to launch the Public Health & Migration area at the DLSPH. The webinar is open to the general public and will be held on Tuesday, March 2, 2021 from 12:00pm-1:30pm EST. The second part of the event will follow on Thursday March 4, 2021 from 4:00pm-6:00pm EST, and is intended for DLSPH faculty and students only. A detailed program for the second part will be made available in a few days.


Migration is one of the defining phenomena of our time and a major global determinant of health. Designed to reach a broad audience, from health systems and services researchers to clinicians, policy makers, social scientists, and the general public, this event will explore the significance and complexity of the migration phenomenon with the help of two exceptional speakers. Dr. Heide Castañeda and Dr. Miriam Orcutt will guide attendants through a broad exploration of the links between migration and public health, reflecting on migrant identities, mobility and borders in a pandemic and post-pandemic worlds; global health policy and governance; health systems responses; and structural and political determinants of health impacting migrants and societies in general.


Heide Castañeda is a Professor of Anthropology at the University of South Florida. Her research areas include medical anthropology, migrant health, borders, migration, citizenship, and policing, focusing on the United States, Mexico, Germany, and Morocco. She is the author of Borders of Belonging: Struggle and Solidarity in Mixed-Status Immigrant Families (Stanford University Press, 2019) and co-editor of Unequal Coverage: The Experience of Health Care Reform in the United States (NYU Press, 2018). Her latest book, Migrant Health: Cross-Disciplinary and Critical Perspectives, is forthcoming with Routledge. Dr. Castañeda has also published dozens of research articles on migration and health care access for immigrant populations. Her work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, the Fulbright Program, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), and the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research.

Dr Miriam Orcutt (MBBS, MSc) is a Senior Research Fellow in Global Public Health and Forced Migration at the Institute for Global Health, University College London, and Executive Director of Lancet Migration: global collaboration to advance migration health. Her main areas of academic and policy interest in migration and health are: global health policy and governance, health system and medical-humanitarian resilience and response, forced migration and health, structural and political determinants of health for migrants. Miriam has a particular interest in the effective translation of research into policy and practice. She worked as a Migration Health Specialist for Médecins sans Frontières for a year between 2018 and 2019, and as a Public Health and Migration Consultant at the World Health Organisation. Miriam previously worked as a medical doctor in the UK’s National Health Service (NHS), on the Academic Clinical Foundation Programme in Epidemiology and Global Public Health, in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. In 2018 she was named a Canadian Woman Leader in Global Health, on the inaugural list by The Lancet. She is lead editor on the forthcoming book (April 2021), the Handbook of Refugee Health, published with Routledge.

Remarks will be provided by:

• Dr. Steini Brown, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, UofT

• Dr. Andrea A. Cortinois, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, UofT

• Dr. Erica Di Ruggiero, Centre for Global Health, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, UofT

Please register to secure your spot. You will receive a link and password for the webinar two (2) hours before the event. A recording of the event will be made available on the DLSPH YouTube page.

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