Suzinne Pak-Gorstein is Associate Professor of pediatrics and Adjunct Associate Professor of global health at the University of Washington. She is Medical Director of the Harborview Pediatric clinics that serve refugee immigrant children and other vulnerable families. She is the lead author of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) national guidelines for nutrition and growth screening of refugee children in the United States. She has also worked with international nutrition programs, including the United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) collaborations supporting government monitoring and evaluation of young child and infant feeding services in Bangladesh, Indonesia, Laos, Nepal, and the Philippines.
Dr. Pak-Gorstein codirects the Global Health Pathways Program at Seattle Children’s Hospital, partnering with the University of Nairobi to train Seattle and Kenyan pediatric residents on community child health priorities. As Chair of the Academic Pediatric Associations Global Health special-interest group, she also leads educational programs for U.S. pediatricians on global health.
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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.