Research Symposium

EXPERIENCE THE 17TH ANNUAL

RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM


Register for Mercy College of Health Sciences’ 17th Annual Research Symposium: Immigrant & Refugee Journeys: Healthcare Issues & Opportunities. The event will take place on Monday, April 8, 2024, on Mercy College’s campus. Registration for the event is free. This year’s keynote speaker will be Amaya Alexandra Ramos, MSW, CPH, MA.

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Immigrant & Refugee Journeys: Healthcare Issues & Opportunities
Monday,  April 8, 2024 | 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

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SPEAKER


  • AMAYA ALEXANDRA RAMOS, MSW, CPH, MA
    Amaya Alexandra Ramos (Alexandra), MSW, CPH, MA, is an interdisciplinary researcher focusing on mental/public health programming for survivors of forced migration, torture and targeted violence. Committed to bridging the gap between research and practice, Alexandra advocates for ethnography as a vehicle for institutional learning, the enforcement of human rights, and the furtherance of equitable access to integrated health systems. Multilingual and proficient in all levels of engagement, she has supported humanitarian and development efforts from direct service provision through to administration for global bodies, including national and international-level: psychosocial program design and related research; crisis stabilization; immigration policy alignment; communications; monitoring and evaluation; education; and curriculum development. Alexandra has also worked in anti-human trafficking, post-disaster gender-based violence, and infectious disease research. Certified in Public health, Alexandra holds master’s degrees in Social Work, International Affairs (Middle East and modern languages emphasis), and Music (Ethnomusicology emphasis). Her regional specialization is working with Persian-speaking populations, as well as the broader Middle East/Central Asian regions. In addition to her work in research and social services, Alexandra is a lifelong visual and performing artist and seeks to incorporate the arts into holistic human rights practice. Alexandra is the founder and Chair of HazRav, non-profit displacement health/mental health research organization and information-sharing professional network that supports integrated wellbeing for both humanitarian beneficiaries, as well as their providers and advocates by mobilizing and synthesizing diverse sources of knowledge across a variety of interconnected sectors. Alexandra also holds an adjunct position teaching graduate coursework in Diversity and Social Justice in the University of South Florida’s school of Social Work.

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