Refugee Health Program General Resources

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Individuals identified as a refugee, asylee, Cuban/Haitian entrant, victim of trafficking, Amerasian or those assisting them can access resettlement and health information on these sites.


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.

Voluntary Resettlement Agencies (VOLAGs) contains links to agencies located throughout Wisconsin. The U.S. Department of State has cooperative agreements with voluntary resettlement agencies (VOLAGs) to deliver refugee reception and placement services.


CDC - Refugee Health Guidelines includes pre-departure and post-arrival medical screening and treatment of U.S. bound refugees.

CDC - Division of Global Migration and Quarantine 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.

Healthy Roads Media contains health education materials in a number of languages and several formats developed to provide health information for diverse populations in a variety of settings.

HHS - OMH - Think Cultural Health (TCH) provides information on the flagship initiative of the OMH Center for Linguistic and Cultural Competence in Health Care. The goal of Think Cultural Health is to Advance Health Equity at Every Point of Contact through the development and promotion of culturally and linguistically appropriate services.

HHS - U.S. Specialized Information Services (SIS) - Health Hotlines provides toll-free numbers from the NLM online database of health-related organizations operating toll-free telephone services. The database also includes information on services and publications available in Spanish.

HHS - U.S. Specialized Information Services (SIS) provides information on Minority Health Information Outreach services.

HHS - U.S. Office of Minority Health (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.

Immunization Action Coalition (AIC) 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. Site includes infant, child, teen and adult informational handouts for health professionals and individuals.

MedlinePlus - U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) provides access to the National Institutes of Health's (NIH) website for patients and their families and friends. Produced by the National Library of Medicine, it brings you information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in language you can understand. MedlinePlus offers reliable, up-to-date health information, anytime, anywhere, for free.

Migrant Clinicians Network (MCN) contains sources of essential clinical information for clinicians working with migrants. MCN 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.

Office of Refugee Resettlement - Division of Refugee Health (DRH) provides information for two grant programs: Preventive Health and Services to Survivors of Torture. DRH also oversees the Refugee Medical Assistance and Refugee Medical Screening programs in collaboration with the Division of Refugee Assistance.

Refugee Health Information Network (RHIN) provides a database of quality multilingual, public health resources for those providing care to resettled refugees and asylees.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Information Database provides information on all aspects of TCM including formulation, herbal composition, chemical composition, molecular structure and functional properties, therapeutic and toxicity effects, clinical indication and application, and related literatures.

Traditional Knowledge and Medicine - U.S. Patent and Trademark Office identifies directories and databases covering common and scientific names for medical terms, pharmacology, and chemistry.

Traditional South African Medicines - University of Cape Town, S.A. provides a traditional medicines database developed by the South African Traditional Medicines Research Unit, Dept. of Pharmacology, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town, including South African plants, treatments, toxicology, pharmacology and chemistry.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) - accesses the U.S. Government's official web portal for new immigrants: Healthcare and Families - Taking care of your health.


Wisconsin Local Health Departments - Regional offices - Tribal agencies

Respiratory Diseases and International Health Unit

Savitri Tsering - Refugee Health Coordinator 
 Norma Denbrook - Dispensary and interjurisdictional transfers
Jo Mercurio - Office operations
 Pa Vang - TB nurse consultant 
Philip Wegner - TB nurse consultant


Last Revised: January 6, 2015