State Letter #07-06
Federal Refugee Health Partners Roles and Responsibilities
TO: STATE REFUGEE COORDINATORS
REFUGEE HEALTH COORDINATORS
NATIONAL VOLUNTARY AGENCIES
OTHER INTERESTED PARTIES
FROM: Martha Newton
Office of Refugee Resettlement
SUBJECT: Federal Refugee Health Partners Roles and Responsibilities
This State Letter conveys in the attached document the delineation of roles and responsibilities among the four offices within the Federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) which address issues related to refugee health and mental health. These offices are the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Office of Global Health Affairs (OGHA), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR). These offices comprise the Federal Refugee Health Partners Team that provides technical assistance and consultation to the refugee resettlement network. The Federal Refugee Health Partners Team meets monthly to coordinate our work and to discuss emerging refugee health needs and issues in medical screening and refugee health programs.
I am confident that this document will assist you in knowing which of these Federal offices to contact on behalf of refugee clients resettled in your area. Specific contact information is included in the description of each Federal office. Please do not hesitate to call Ms. Marta Brenden (202-205-3589) for more information regarding refugee health.