Physical and emotional wellness, as well as access to healthcare, are foundations for successful resettlement. Without feeling healthy, it is difficult to work, to go school, or take care of a family. Without health insurance, an injury or illness can threaten economic self-sufficiency.
Many factors can affect refugee health, including geographic origin and refugee camp conditions. Refugees may face a wide variety of acute or chronic health issues. Examples include infectious diseases such as tuberculosis or intestinal parasites, chronic illnesses such as diabetes or hypertension, and mental health issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder or depression. Some conditions present diagnostic and treatment challenges.
Refugee health screening programs, clinical resources, and access to healthcare varies among states.
Emergency Preparedness Booklet in refugee languages now available
Newly arriving refugees are among the most vulnerable of populations during a disaster in the United States due to language barriers and a lack of exposure to U.S. practices around emergencies. This booklet introduces refugees to the types of disasters that occur in the United States as well as what to do during them and how to be prepared.
Women's Health Videos now available
ORR is pleased to present a four-part video series, Somali Refugee Women: Learn about your Health! The goal of the 4-part video series is to educate Somali women refugees about a variety of health issues that can affect – and possibly save – their lives, including reproductive health, diet and exercise, cancer screening, prenatal care and pregnancy, and other health topics. Check them out on ACF's YouTube channel.
ORR publishes a quarterly newsletter, Refugee Health Together, which shares health-related information and resources with the resettlement network.
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