Refugee Health: Resources for Providers

General resources

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Refugee Health Guidance – Includes pre-departure and post-arrival medical screening and treatment of U.S.-bound refugees
  • CDC Technical Instructions for Panel Physicians and Civil Surgeons – Provides the Department of State (DOS) and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) with medical screening guidelines (referred to as technical instructions) for all examining physicians, which outline in detail the scope of the medical examination
  • Health Information Translations – Provides plain language health education resources for health care professionals working in communities with limited English proficient populations
  • HealthReach: Health Information in Many Languages – Includes information about the potential health conditions and cultural experiences of refugees and asylees
  • Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health (HHS OMH) Think Cultural Health – Provides information on the flagship initiative of the OMH Center for Linguistic and Cultural Competence in Health Care with the goal of advancing health equity at every point of contact through the development and promotion of culturally and linguistically appropriate services
  • HHS OMH – Provides information on improving the health of racial and ethnic minority populations through the development of health policies and programs that will help eliminate health disparities
  • MedlinePlus – Produced by the National NLM, it brings you information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in language you can understand as well as reliable, up-to-date health information, anytime, anywhere, and for free
  • Migrant Clinicians Network (MCN) – Contains sources of essential clinical information for clinicians working with migrants and provides a menu of services to meet a variety of needs, engages in research, develops appropriate resources, advocates for migrants and clinicians, trains providers, engages outside partners, and runs programs that support clinical care on the frontline of migrant health
  • National Resource Center for Refugees, Immigrants, and Migrants – A website through the University of Minnesota that provides webinars, translated resources, toolkits, vaccine campaigns, and more, all tailored for the care of RIM populations
  • Office of Refugee Resettlement – Oversees the Refugee Medical Assistance and Refugee Medical Screening programs in collaboration with the Division of Refugee Assistance
  • Refugee Health Technical Assistance Center (RHTAC) – Provides tools, resources, and support for health and mental health providers in order to better meet the needs of refugees in resettlement
  • Traditional Knowledge and Medicine – The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office identifies directories and databases covering common and scientific names for medical terms, pharmacology, and chemistry
  • U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) – USCIS offers helpful information about education, child care, employment, what to do in case of an emergency, and a number of popular topics that will help new immigrants settle in the U.S.
  • NLM – Provides access to the National Institutes of Health's (NIH) website for patients and their families and friends

Culturally informed care

Translated health materials

  • CDC Communication Toolkit – Print and audiovisual health resources and information for refugees translated into different languages
  • CDC - COVID-19 in Newly Resettled Populations – Resources for refugees and providers, including translated guidance on COVID-19 upon arrival. guidance for health practitioners, resettlement agencies, community organizations, and public health professionals, and information on the determinants of increased risk for COVID-19 in refugee populations
  • CDC Resources in Other Languages – A hub of over 1,300 translated CDC materials with a search and filter function
  • CORE COVID-19 Translated Information – A webpage with COVID-19 educational materials for refugees translated into over 15 languages
  • Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) – Works in concert with the CDC for the purpose of educating health professionals about U.S. vaccine recommendations and provides vaccine information statements (VISs) for professionals and their patients in 50 languages, including the provision of infant, child, teen and adult informational handouts for health professionals and individuals
  • NRC-RIM Translated Materials Library – A hub of over 8,000 translated health materials for refugees from across the US compiled by NRC-RIM covering different topics, formats, and languages

NOTE: For health resource translations in Dari and Pashto, see the Wisconsin Refugee Health Program's Afghan Health Resources webpage.

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Last Revised: July 20, 2022