Who is eligible for Refugee Health services?
Refugee Health services are provided to individuals with refugee, asylee or parolee status, who have recently relocated to the United States and are living in Guilford County. Certain other groups are also eligible for these special “refugee” health services, including Amerasians, Cuban/Haitian entrants and victims of severe forms of trafficking.
Services also are provided for refugee children, birth to 20 years of age. After the initial health assessment, these children are referred to health care providers in the community, so they may establish a permanent medical home.
What Refugee Health services are provided by the Health Department?
As directed by the NC Refugee Health Program, the Health Department provides a refugee health assessment, which includes:
- Communicable disease screening
- Appropriate follow-up
- Lead testing for children ages 6 months to 16 years
- Physical exam (or referral for an exam)
The Health Department is also a designated Civil Surgeon for refugee immunizations only. Refugees seeking assistance with their I-693 form need to schedule an appointment. Refugee clients may call 336-641-4801 for appointments or information.
Do these services cost money?
Most of these services are covered by Medicaid and/or Refugee Medical Assistance, and are free to the covered individual. There may be costs associated with some services such as some immunizations. The cost for the I-693 is $40.
How do I make an appointment or get more information?
Appointments for the physical exams are usually made by the associated resettlement agencies, with the assistance of our Health Department Refugee Health Nursing Coordinator. Appointments are required for physical exams and I-693 completion and may be made by calling 336-641-4801. For refugee immunizations, call 336-641-3245.