The Challenges And Rewards Of Caring For Refugees

“We work with refugees from many countries, and they arrive with so little. Many have been in refugee camps, in some cases for many years. We have had a tremendous influx of Afghan refugees over the past few months. We do health screenings for the families after they’ve spent months on various military bases, and it has been challenging to keep up with demand.”

Dr. Bryan Johnston, All Saints Faculty Physician, Director of Global Health

We spoke with Dr. Bryan Johnston about his experiences working with refugees on their health screenings. Dr. Johnston shared that he is so impressed with the infrastructure that has been established at All Saints. He credits the hard work and diligent efforts of Laura Mesenbrink, APNP, FNP-C, and Gianna Sabatino, APNP, FNP-C, who lead the program and the entire health care team at All Saints.

“As physicians, we are seeing health issues that we don’t typically treat in our U.S. resident patients. This kind of experience is invaluable, and we want to get more of our residents involved with the refugee health screenings. Working with the refugees is so rewarding. They are so kind and grateful for the care we are providing to their families.”



Biluge Ntabala and Dawnisha Boyd are our Refugee Community Health Coordinators. They develop and coordinate the community programming that brings our refugee families together, helping them connect with the community and other families.

The All Saints staff and community also support the refugees by donating coats, blankets, and clothes to help the families begin their new lives here in the Milwaukee area. 

Thank you to Dr. Johnston, Laura Mesenbrink, Gianna Sabatino, Biluge Ntabala, and our entire team for everything you do for our refugee patients.

We are so grateful to our staff for providing exceptional care and creating a welcoming environment that helps the families adjust to their new homes.