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1 Minnesota Refugee Health Program Minnesota Department of Health Infectious Disease Division Immunizations, Tuberculosis and International Health Section

2 Refugee Health Screening in MN Exam w/in the first 90 days of arrival Public health clinics and private providers Goal:...to control communicable disease among, and resulting from, the arrival of new refugees through: health assessment treatment referral

3 Refugee Health Assessment Information Flow Quarantine Station/CDC MDH Local Health Dept. Screens Forwards to primary provider Forwards to primary provider Primary provider screens Primary provider screens Screening form completed & returned Screening form completed & returned VOLAG HIV+ assurance all assurances Refugee Health Program, Minnesota Department of Health

4 Refugee Health Program Partners Volags Local Health Dept. Health Care Provider MDH 8/03

5 Functions of MDH Refugee Health Program Coordinate health assessments for newly arrived refugees Create standardized best practices for refugee health screening in Minnesota Collect and disseminate health screening data Collaborate with Volags, Local Public Health, MAAs, and other community-based organizations Provide health resources for foreign-born populations and their health care providers 8/08

6 Extended Mission Educate medical community about refugees Pocket Guide Provider Guide Provider Directory Educate refugees about US health system –Presentations –Presence at community events –Resources Website Ethnic radio/TV/newspapers ESL Classroom –Metro Refugee Health Task Force

7 Role of Local Public Health Collaborate with Volag caseworker to assist new refugees in accessing health assessment Assure a complete, culturally and linguistically competent health screening Assist in provider education regarding screening protocols Verify completion of health assessment Notify MDH of all screening results 8/08

8 Catholic Charities (CC) Lutheran Social Services (LSS) Jewish Family Services or Minneapolis Jewish Family and Children's Services (JFS) MN Council of Churches (MCC) International Institute of Minnesota (IIM) World Relief Minnesota (WRM) MN Volags (Voluntary Agencies): Refugee Resettlement Programs 8/08

9 Minnesota Refugee Health Program Phone: Phone: or Web site: Web site: Address: Address: Minnesota Department of Health Refugee Health Program Freeman Building 625 N. Robert Street Box St. Paul, MN /08


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