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Refugee healthcare to be discussed March 12 in Livingston

February 20, 2009 -- From MSU News Service

A woman cares for her orphaned grandson in their small home on the slopes of Mount Meru in northern Tanzania. The child's mother died of malaria. (Photo by Dr. Louise Bennett).   High-Res Available

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MSU News Service
Tel: (406) 994-4571
BOZEMAN -- The unique healthcare needs of refugees will be discussed at the next Café Scientifique to be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 12, at the Northern Pacific Beanery, 108 W Park St in Livingston. The public is invited to this free informal discussion.

Dr. Louise Bennett, medical director for the Westside Health Services' Refugee Health Program, Rochester, N.Y., will speak on "Practicing Refugee Medicine: Pills versus Community Action." The Refugee Health Program provides ongoing health care to more than 3,000 refugees from Sudan, Burma, Somalia, Cuba and other parts of the world who settle in the Rochester community.

The award-winning healthcare program provides a wide range of services, including comprehensive health assessments and screenings, family health and preventive care, coordination of care and interpretive services for many other health-related services. The program is staffed by a team of medical professionals, medical and health student volunteers, and interpreters who provide services in Burmese, Somali, Spanish, Russian, Ukrainian and Vietnamese.

Café Scientifique, co-sponsored by Montana's INBRE Program and Montana State University's College of Letters and Science, provides a relaxed setting for people to learn about current scientific topics. The concept started in England in 1998 and has spread to a handful of locations in the United States. Following a short presentation by a scientific expert, the majority of time is reserved for questions, answers and lively discussion.

Café Scientifique seating is limited and the event is popular, so attendees may want to arrive early.

For more information, call Laurie Howell at (406) 994-7531 or For more information about the Café Scientifique concept, check the Web at

Evelyn Boswell, (406) 994-5135 or