Migrants and Asylum Seekers: The Solution to Filling NYC’s Health Workforce Gaps


Start Date and Time: Fri, Nov 17, 2023, 12:00 pm ET

End Date and Time: Fri, Nov 17, 2023, 1:30 pm ET


Online, Registration Closed

The public health and healthcare workforce is shrinking. Nationally, an estimated 80,000 new hires are needed in order for state and local health departments to continue providing core public health services. New York State, and many other jurisdictions, has grappled with a shortage of nurses and other healthcare professionals since 2021. Many of the 100,000 migrants and asylum seekers who have arrived in New York City, and the countless more arriving in other cities and states, were trained professionals in their countries of origin.

This webinar will examine the opportunities presented by the flow of migrants and asylum seekers to address workforce shortages in the health system. Panelists will provide an overview of the migrant and asylum seeker experience, the challenges they face, and the government and civic response. Then, panelists will present global, national and local case studies illustrating effective approaches to engaging migrants and asylum seekers in the healthcare workforce. Panelists will speak on strategies ranging from adapting legislation, to leveraging employment, and other strategies that empower migrants and asylum seekers to work. 

This NYC Pandemic Response Institute (PRI) webinar is held in partnership with the Center for Immigrant, Refugee and Global Health (CIRGH) at the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy and is part of the Dean’s Grand Rounds Series at CUNY SPH. Continuing education credit for certified public health professionals (CPH-CE, 1 hour) may be earned by viewing this webinar. Visit the National Board of Public Health Examiners to learn more.

This event has ended, please see recordings in both English and Spanish below.


Ayman El-Mohandes, MBBCh, MD, MPH, FAAP

CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy
Lead, NYC Pandemic Response Institute


Kathleen Cravero, PhD, MPH, MA

Center for Immigrant, Refugee and Global Health (CIRGH) at CUNY SPH

Felipe De La Hoz, BA

Visiting Fellow, Center for Urban Futures

Contributing member, NY Daily News Editorial Board

Co-founder, BORDER/LINES

Jasmijn Slootjes, PhD, MSc

Associate Director
Migration Policy Institute (MPI) Europe

Rishi Sood, MPH

Executive Director, Health Care Access and Policy
Bureau of Equitable Health Systems
NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene

Adjunct Lecturer of Health Policy and Management
CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy

Avigail Ziv, MPA,  MPH

Vice President of Programs
Upwardly Global