Children of Conflict: the Syrian War's Impacts on Child Health and Resettlement

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In celebration of Universal Children's Day, the CHRC and its co-sponsors, Center for Community and Global Health, Neiswanger Institute for Bioethics, Health Sciences Division: University Ministry, and the Department of Public Health Sciences, present two events focusing on the Syrian war, its impact on children, and efforts to support Syrian children both locally and abroad. 

 

At 8 am – 9 am, Dr. Zaher Sahloul, physician and past president of the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS), will speak about current efforts to provide medical support to children in Syria and later at 12-1 pm, Suzanne Akhras Sahloul and Hadia Zahour, of the Syrian Community Network will speak about the conflict, its impact on children, and efforts to resettle refugees in the Chicago community.

 

Details:

Conflict in Syria: #WhatIsAleppo? A Global Health Perspective

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016, 8:00 – 9:00 AM

Stritch School of Medicine, Room 360

Zaher Sahloul, MD

It Takes a Community - #RefugeesWelcome

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016, 12:00 – 1:00 PM

Stritch School of Medicine, Room 190

Suzanne Akhras Sahloul

Hadia Zarzour

Stritch School of Medicine is located at  2160 S 1st Ave, Maywood, Illinois. 


Get to know the event speakers:

Zaher Sahloul, MD is a senior advisor and past president of the Syrian American Medical Society, SAMS. He is the founder of American Relief Coalition for Syria, a coalition of 14 humanitarian US-based organizations working in Syria. He led SAMS to be one of the most important medical relief and advocacy organization providing medical relief to Syrians and Syrian refugees. Currently, he leads SAMS Global Response to address the refugee crisis in Europe and provide medical relief in disaster areas. Dr. Sahloul also is a leading advocate in the Syrian humanitarian and refugee crisis in medical circles, the media, USG and the UN. He wrote several influential articles on the impact of the Syrian crisis on patients, public health. He is the past chairman of the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago and the Mosque Foundation. He is an Associate Clinical Professor at the University of Illinois in Chicago and a practicing physician in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine.

Suzanne Akhras Sahloul is the founder and Executive Director of the Syrian Community Network, a community-based refugee support network focused on supporting Syrian refugees in their resettlement in the Chicagoland area. Suzanne is also the founder of the Syrian American Medical Society's Midwest Foundation serving as its President from 2004-2006. She served as the Intern/Volunteer Director at the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago. She holds a Master's Degree in Organizational Leadership from Lewis University. Suzanne is currently pursuing a Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership at the Kellogg School of Management. Additionally, Suzanne has also served as PTA President and as a board member at her children's school, the Universal School. 

Hadia Zarzour is a founding member and the vice president of Syrian Community Network; a non profit organization that focuses on supporting the Syrian refugees in their resettlement in the Chicagoland area. Hadia is also a co-founder of Insan; an international non-profit organization which was founded in 2012 and is dedicated to providing psychosocial and spiritual support to Syrian refugee children and adults in Syria’s neighboring countries; Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey. Hadia is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor who came to the US in 2009 on a Fulbright Scholarship to pursue her Masters in Community Counseling. She has a Bachelor degree in Psychology and a Diploma in Education from Damascus University, Syria. She enjoyed her eight-year teaching experience in her home country where she taught English as a second language to school students and Introduction to Psychology to university students. Since receiving her Masters in 2011 from Loyola University Chicago, Hadia has been working with refugees, immigrants and the underserved from different parts of the globe. She has recently been certified in Global Refugee Trauma from Harvard University.

 

This event is sponsored by: Center for the Human Rights of Children, Center for Community and Global Health, Neiswanger Institute for Bioethics, Health Sciences Division: University Ministry, and the Department of Public Health Sciences.