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Refugee Health Program

The Refugee Health Program (RHP) provides newly-arrived refugees with integrated medical and mental health screenings. We serve as the entry point into the US health system, strive to prevent the transmission of communicable diseases to the public, and ensure follow-up for conditions that could affect the client’s well-being or impede their ability to effectively resettle in New Mexico.

The RHP collaborates with the NM Human Services Department, Managed Care Organizations, Lutheran Family Services, primary care providers, behavioral health providers and community-based organizations to facilitate access to culturally sensitive and trauma-informed healthcare. Language interpretation services are available to refugees during all healthcare visits. We also collaborate extensively with federal partners including, the Office of Refugee Resettlement, the Division of global Migration and Quarantine, and the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).


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Who We Serve

The RHP serves refugees, asylees, and Cuban/Haitian Entrants. Approximately 470 refugees received medical and mental health screening and educational services during State Fiscal Year 2017. The majority of clients were from Cuba, Afghanistan, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The largest age groups consisted of persons between the ages of 30-45 years followed by persons under the age of 18 years.


Program Components

In collaboration with local public health offices, other public and private healthcare providers, community-based organization, and non-governmental organizations we provide:

  • Health screening that includes testing for tuberculosis, sexually transmitted infections, hepatitis B and C, and some chronic conditions for all newly-arrived refugees, and immigrants with refugee-like status (i.e. Cuban/Haitian entrants, victims of human trafficking, and asylees.
  • Vaccinations following national recommendations.
  • Referrals for primary medical care, as well as, follow-up for any acute and/or chronic condition identified during the health screen.
  • Mental health screening, education, and referrals to mental health providers within the network of Refugee Mental Health Providers.
  • Provide educational sessions to refugees regarding health and community safety issues.
  • Provide on-going education and technical assistance to healthcare providers within the refugee health network.
  • Access to language interpreters during domestic health screening and education services.

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