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Settlement Agency: Health and Iveson

settlement agency: On behalf of Edmonton city council, Mayor Don Iveson will write a letter to the Alberta government asking for more equitable health services for Syrian refugees in the city, according to Toronto Star. Kevin Tuong / Star Metro We want to have reassurance that refugee health is going to be looked after equitably, if not to the same standard as other large Canadian cities, Iveson told Star Metro. Mayor Don Iveson said Tuesday he plans to ask the province for better refugee health care after hearing from a settlement agency last week that Edmonton was far behind other cities, such as Calgary, for providing integrated care for refugees. His comments came almost a week after city administration presented its annual update on programs to settle and support Syrian refugees in Edmonton. Article Continued Below Rhianna Charchuk, a strategic engagement specialist with the Alberta Association of Immigrant Serving Agencies, told the city's public services committee last week that without a dedicated health centre specializing in refugee care, Edmonton is falling woefully short in servicing this population. According to the report, health is one of the key challenges for refugees trying to resettle newcomers struggling with English, and immigration stress have difficulties navigating the health-care system and often require more comprehensive and centralized support. ( As reported in the news.