Syrian refugee health and health service delivery in Jordan and Turkey: Project ASPIRE

April 25, 2019 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm


Columbia School of Social Work, Room C06: 1255 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10027

Event Organizer

ASPIRE Initiative


Since March 2011, millions have fled Syria to neighboring countries, leading the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to deem the crisis “the largest political, humanitarian, and development challenge of our time.” The ASPIRE initiative of Columbia University is uniting the academic community in finding actionable responses to the crisis. At this event, investigators based in the U.S., Jordan, and Turkey will present findings from the ASPIRE Project’s first two studies, Women ASPIRE and Providers ASPIRE, on the health concerns of Syrian refugees.

Panelists include:

  • Nabila El-Bassel (bio), Willma & Albert Musher Professor of Social Work and University Professor
  • Neeraj Kaushal (bio), Professor of Social Policy
  • Maysa’ Khadra (bio), Associate Professor, University of Jordan School of Medicine
  • Deniz Yukseker (bio), Professor, Political Science and International Relations Department, İstanbul Aydın University
  • Anindita Dasgupta (bio), Postdoctoral Research Scientist
  • Melissa Meinhart (bio), Doctoral Student

Livestream Information

About five minutes before the event, go to this link:

All registrants will receive a reminder of this link around 30 minutes before the program starts.


  • Do not open the link in more than one window or you will hear an echo.
  • Make sure your speaker volume is turned up.
  • Type your questions for the speakers into the chat.
  • Ethernet is more reliable than wifi.

Questions about Livestream? Please contact We look forward to your participation on Thursday, April 18.

About Project ASPIRE

ASPIRE—short for Advancing Solutions in Policy Implementation, Research and Engagement for Refugees—intends to bridge the gap between pedagogy and practice by uniting the academic community in finding actionable responses to the Syrian refugee crisis. ASPIRE’s current projects include Women ASPIRE, which focuses on the health needs of Syrian refugee women, and Providers ASPIRE, which studies how the crisis impacts the mental health of refugee service providers in Turkey. These projects are collaborations between the School of Social Work and the University of Jordan School of Medicine and Istanbul Aydin University.

Continuing Education Information

For a fee of $50.00, NYS-, NJ- and CT-licensed social workers and NYS licensed mental health counselors are eligible to receive 2.0 contact hours. Licensed social workers for other states, please email Columbia University School of Social Work is a CSWE accredited institution. Please see additional information on the registration page.