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The Refugee Health Program serves refugees and other eligible populations during the first 90 days after arrival in the United States or within 90 days of an eligible status being granted.

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Refugees, Asylees, Cuban/Haitian entrants, Amerasians, victims of human trafficking, unaccompanied alien children, Special Immigrant Visas (SIV), Special Immigrant Juveniles (SIJ), secondary migrants with a relevant immigration status, and survivors of torture are eligible for services.

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The Refugee Health Program provides all eligible populations with a refugee medical and mental health screening.  This includes a complete physical, screening for parasites, HIV, Hepatitis B & C, and Tuberculosis, immunization updates, health education, and referrals to primary care, as needed.

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Refugee medical screenings are currenlty provided primarily at three sites in Colorado.  The majority of refugees (91% in 2010) are screened at the Refugee Health Clinic located in Aurora, CO.  Refugees in northern Colorado are screened by Salud Family Health Center's mobile unit.  Refugees in southern Colorado are screened at Peak Vista Community Health Center's Myron-Stratton Clinic, located in Colorado Springs, CO.  Refugees who resettle in other parts of the state are screened with assistance of the local public health agencies and/or community health centers.

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The purpose of the post-arrival medical screening is to protect the health of Colorado residents by referring and treating refugees identified as having diseases of public health significance and provide refugees with a level of health, mental health, and well-being required for and supportive of successful resettlement in the United States.

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The program is supported by federal grant funding received from the Office of Refugee Resettlement.  The majority of this funding is funneled through the Colorado Refugee Services Program (CRSP) at the Colorado Department of Human Services.

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The Refugee Health Program does not provide on-going medical care for refugees.  During the refugee medical screening, refugees are provided with information on a nearby clinic that provides primary care.  Refugees are encouraged to establish primary care for both preventative and on-going health needs.

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Live, trained interpretation services are provided at all refugee medical screening appointments.  The Refugee Health Program does not provide interpretation for outside healthcare providers.

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Referrals for a refugee medical screening typically come from the refugee resettlement agencies in Colorado and the Division of Global Migration and Quarantine at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  If you believe you are eligible for a refugee medical screening please ask your case manager for help.  If you do not have a case manager you may contact Barb Hummel at 303-692-2647 for more information.