Notification of Refugee Resettlement

When the State Office of Refugee Health receives notification of refugee arrivals from the USPHS quarantine station, a copy of the document is forwarded to the local health department of the community in which the refugee(s) will be resettled. The referral is discussed with the health provider and appropriate instructions, cultural information and fact sheets are forwarded at the time of mailing the notification. Usually the VOLAG/sponsors make appointments for the new refugees within days of arrival. The health departments and VOLAGs, as a team, follow-up new arrivals to assure initial health screenings are performed.