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Elizabeth Dawson-Hahn is Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Washington (UW) and the Seattle Children’s Research Institute. She completed her medical degree at SUNY Upstate Medical University, her pediatric residency and chief residency at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University at Hasbro Children’s Hospital, and her general academic pediatrics research fellowship and her master of public health degree (MPH) in epidemiology at UW.
Dr. Dawson-Hahn has provided clinical care, conducted research, and led outreach to refugee and immigrant children in Upstate New York; Rhode Island; King County, Washington State; Haiti; and Tanzania. She has developed research collaborations and led studies with academic and federally qualified health centers, the Washington State Department of Health, and in partnership with institutions in other states. Her primary interest is in promoting the health, nutrition, and development of refugee and immigrant children and families.
Refugee children are vulnerable to health and nutrition risks that can have long-term consequences for their development and well-being. This report examines the prevalence of malnutrition—from stunting and wasting to overweight and obesity—among refugee children from birth to age 10, using data from an overseas medical screening exam before they were resettled in Washington State between 2012 and 2014.