Refugee Health Program
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In collaboration with refugee resettlement
agencies, local health departments, and private health care
Wisconsin's Refugee Health Program:
- Assures all new refugees receive a comprehensive health assessment
upon U.S. arrival.
- Coordinates refugee health screening services with federal and state
refugee resettlement partners.
- Supplies public health providers with information on
specific health concerns of various refugee populations.
- Advocates for culturally competent care and
the use of appropriately qualified medical interpreters for quality assurance.
- Coordinates refugee health concerns with other programs within the Wisconsin Division of Public Health.
An individual identified as a
refugee, asylee, Cuban/Haitian entrant,
victim of trafficking, or
Amerasian is eligible for refugee health screening.
Refugee health screening is a thorough physical exam
that includes comprehensive communicable
The purpose of refugee medical screening is:
To ensure follow-up of medical issues identified in the refugee's
overseas medical screening.
To identify persons with communicable diseases of potential public
To enable successful resettlement by identifying personal
health conditions that could adversely affect the refugee's ability to resettle.
To refer refugees to a primary care provider for ongoing health care.
In Wisconsin, refugee screening is often a partnership between local
health departments and private providers. Local health departments have
contracts with the Department of Children and Families (DCF), Refugee
Services reimburses local health departments
for services provided with federal Refugee Medical Assistance funds. Private providers
bill Medicaid directly for the
services they provide.
Refugees and the Affordable Care Act (ACA)
A video is available on the
Office of Refugee Resettlement
(ORR). It highlights health
insurance options from the Affordable Care Act for refugees . The video
is available in English, Sgaw Karen, Arabic, Somali, Nepali, and
Wisconsin Health Screening Results
Background material from the
Cultural Resource Center.
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December 03, 2013