Refugee Health


UNHCR Baby polio immunizationPhysical 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.

Somali woman

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ORR publishes a quarterly newsletter, Refugee Health Together, which shares health-related information and resources with the resettlement network.

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  • Unaccompanied Children's Services

    Published: August 9, 2012
    Key Documents for the Unaccompanied Children's Services Program   FOR PROVIDERS AND SPONSORS: Request for UAC Case File Information
  • Refugee Arrival Data

    Published: July 17, 2012
    Overseas Refugee Arrival Data ORR provides the option to view refugee arrival data sorted by country of origin and state of initial resettlement in the
  • ORR Staff Directory

    Published: November 6, 2014
    Complete listing of ORR Staff, with email and phone contacts, organized by Division.
  • The Refugee Act

    Published: August 29, 2012
    The Refugee Act of 1980 created The Federal Refugee Resettlement Program to provide for the effective resettlement of refugees and to assist them to achieve
  • Fiscal Year 2012 Refugee Arrivals

    Published: January 24, 2013
    Refugee Arrivals for FY 2012 by State and Country of Origin - (xls 33KB) State AFGHANISTAN ANGOLA ARMENIA
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