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The Florida Department of Health works to protect, promote & improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county & community efforts.
Refugee Health Services
Most Refugee Resettlement Program participants received an overseas medical examination prior to coming to the U.S. Once here, refugees* are offered a health assessment to be completed within eight months from their date of arrival at no charge to them, including the vaccinations needed for adjustment of immigration status. These health services are administered by the Refugee Health Program and provided by county health departments. Refugees with identified health conditions are referred to primary care physicians and specialists for follow-up healthcare. Refugee Health Case Managers, where available, assist refugees with identified health conditions in accessing and navigating the healthcare system. For complete information about refugee health services, see the Refugee Health Program Guidelines.
- Health Assessments
- Case Management
- Height, Weight & BMI Measurements
- Blood Pressure
- Hearing & Vision Exams
- Dental Screening
- Lead Screening
- Complete Blood Count & Metabolic Panel
- Pregnancy Testing
- Hepatitis Screening
- Tuberculosis Testing
- Ova & Parasite Screening
- Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) Screening
- Hepatitis A & B
- Measles, Mumps, & Rubella
- Inactivated Poliovirus
- Haemophilus influenza type B
- Human Papillomavirus
* Free immunizations are available for eligible refugees within 12 months of arrival. Immunizations are administered according to Advisory Committee on Immigration Practices (ACIP) Guidelines.
The primary role of the Refugee Health Case Managers is to assist refugees in need of follow-up medical care. They assist refugees with a variety of medical conditions including diabetes, hypertension, Taenia solium, and pregnancy among others.
In addition to assisting with follow-up medical care, Refugee Health Case Managers provide assistance in accessing medical care benefits, transportation, and medical services for the refugee’s identified medical conditions. Refugees are often given little education about the healthcare system as they enter our country. As this can become a detriment to the public health system, Refugee Health Case Managers also provide education on navigating the healthcare system, the appropriate use of various healthcare facilities, and accessing public transportation for the purposes of attending medical care appointments. They work in close collaboration with refugee resettlement agencies to ensure refugees receive the maximum benefit from services available to them.
Refugee Health Case Managers are currently located in Duval, Hillsborough, and Orange counties. To learn more about their services, contact the Refugee Health Case Manager in your county.
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*The term “refugee”, used in this website for convenience, is intended to encompass all categories of individuals who are eligible to participate in the refugee program.