ISTM Migrant and Refugee Health Interest Group

  • Chair: Chris Greenaway, Canada
  • Vice-Chair: Jose Flores, Mexico
  • Immediate Past Chair: Elizabeth Barnett, United States of America
  • Masatoki Adachi, Japan
  • Prajwol Joshi, United States of America
  • Ann McDonald, United Kingdom
  • William Stauffer, United States of America
  • Board Advisor, Francesco Castelli, Italy

Welcome to the Migrants and Refugees Health Interest Group page on the ISTM website. We will be updating this page regularly and hope you will visit often. The Interest Group invites all ISTM members who are interested in the travel health of migrant and other mobile populations to join our group. There is no cost to join, and it's easy. Click here to join or for more information.

The focus of the Support Group is to address issues pertaining to travel health influences and implications related to migrants and other mobile populations.

The Migrants and Refugees Health Interest Group Charter:

  • Develop Migrant and Refugee Health within ISTM;
  • Develop and propose initiatives to increase the membership of Migrant and Refugee Health practitioners within the ISTM; and,
  • Propose specific programs or initiatives to serve the interest of Migrant and Refugee Health.

If you have suggestions regarding the activities listed below or new ideas for the Interest Group to consider, please direct your comments to Elizabeth Barnett. We look forward to hearing from you!

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ISTM Migrants Interest Group Organizational Structure and Leadership Plan

Basic Operational Structure

The ISTM Migrants Interest Group will be governed by a Steering Council elected by its membership. The Steering Council will consist of 7 members, one of which will be Chair, one Chair-Elect and three Council Members. It is anticipated that subcommittees will be formed from within the group members, and the elected council may appoint cooperating members. The Elected Steering Council will need to fine tune the process once elected, including developing policies for vacancy of positions. The Group Chair will report to the ISTM Executive Board.

Steering Council Membership

  • Seven members
  • The council members must represent different world regions and at a minimum three continents must be represented. A minimum of 2 seats in the Council will be reserved for ISTM members from Africa, Asia or Latin America
  • Interest Group membership may be multi-disciplinary.
  • Interest Group members must be full ISTM Members.
  • Members seek participation out of genuine interest in the Group and its initiatives.
  • Potential council members are required to present their CV and a written vision statement. This application need not be proposed and seconded and can be self declared on advertisement of the open position.
  • Members and Officers serve terms of two years, with a limit of two terms in succession.
  • Approximately one third of members are elected every two years to allow for continuity.

Steering Council Officers

  • Two officers: Chair and Chair Elect, each serving for a two year term.
  • Chair Elect becomes Chair at end of term
  • Immediate Past Chair remains on Council as Ex-Officio (non-voting) Member for 1 two-year term.

Election of Steering Council Members and Group Officers

  • A call for nominations will be sent to all members of the Group, with a deadline date to submit application forms to the ISTM Secretariat. This time frame is anticipated to be 3 weeks or more.
  • The Group Members will elect the initial Chair, Chair-Elect and Steering Council Members. After the first election, the Chair-Elect will succeed the Chair.
  • For future elections, a 3 Person Nominating Task Force will be appointed by the Steering Council to review applications, ensure completeness and eligibility to run, and construct the final ballot to ensure regional representation. Note the Nominating Task Force Members will not be eligible to run in the election. One ISTM leader may be asked to serve on the Nominating Task Force.
  • Electronic ballots will be distributed. Only members of the Group will be eligible to vote for the Steering Council. The voting time frame is anticipated to be 4 weeks or more.

Basic Operational Structure

The ISTM Migrants Interest Group will be governed by a Steering Council elected by its membership. The Steering Council will consist of 7 members, one of which will be Chair, one Chair-Elect and three Council Members. It is anticipated that subcommittees will be formed from within the group members, and the elected council may appoint cooperating members. The Elected Steering Council will need to fine tune the process once elected, including developing policies for vacancy of positions. The Group Chair will report to the ISTM Executive Board.

Steering Council Membership

  • Seven members
  • The council members must represent different world regions and at a minimum three continents must be represented. A minimum of 2 seats in the Council will be reserved for ISTM members from Africa, Asia or Latin America
  • Interest Group membership may be multi-disciplinary.
  • Interest Group members must be full ISTM Members.
  • Members seek participation out of genuine interest in the Group and its initiatives.
  • Potential council members are required to present their CV and a written vision statement. This application need not be proposed and seconded and can be self declared on advertisement of the open position.
  • Members and Officers serve terms of two years, with a limit of two terms in succession.
  • Approximately one third of members are elected every two years to allow for continuity.

Steering Council Officers

  • Two officers: Chair and Chair Elect, each serving for a two year term.
  • Chair Elect becomes Chair at end of term
  • Immediate Past Chair remains on Council as Ex-Officio (non-voting) Member for 1 two-year term.

Election of Steering Council Members and Group Officers

  • A call for nominations will be sent to all members of the Group, with a deadline date to submit application forms to the ISTM Secretariat. This time frame is anticipated to be 3 weeks or more.
  • The Group Members will elect the initial Chair, Chair-Elect and Steering Council Members. After the first election, the Chair-Elect will succeed the Chair.
  • For future elections, a 3 Person Nominating Task Force will be appointed by the Steering Council to review applications, ensure completeness and eligibility to run, and construct the final ballot to ensure regional representation. Note the Nominating Task Force Members will not be eligible to run in the election. One ISTM leader may be asked to serve on the Nominating Task Force.
  • Electronic ballots will be distributed. Only members of the Group will be eligible to vote for the Steering Council. The voting time frame is anticipated to be 4 weeks or more.

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Migrants and Refugees Health Interest Group Activities

The Interest Group works to define and understand the travel health influences and implications related to migrants and other mobile populations. Activities recognize and reflect the role played by migrants in the area of travel health.

Specifically:

  1. In many locations migrants represent the cohort of international travelers with the greatest incidence and prevalence of, travel related disease. (malaria, parasitic disease, tropical infectious diseases);
  2. In several locations migrants represent the major or significant case loads of practitioners who deal with tropical medicine or imported infections in the developed world;
  3. Migrants who visit friends and relatives represent an increasingly important travel medicine risk group; and,
  4. Increasing migration is expanding the number of physicians and health care providers involved with the care of these populations.

Through improved research and understanding of these relationships the Interest Group strives to increase the awareness and provision of relevant information to those practitioners involved with managing health issues in migrant travelers.

At the present time the Interest Group is involved in two major activities:

  • The development and delivery of a series of reference documents and updating these as needed.
  • Increasing the awareness of the importance of migrant-related travel to Visit Friends or Relatives (VFR Travel) and developing strategies to ensure that VFR travelers both seek and are provided with relevant travel health information and risk reducing interventions.

ISTM Members: Click here to go to manage my membership and join this group.

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