Eligible newly arriving refugees are given the opportunity to receive a health assessment as part of the resettlement process within the first 90 days of entrance in the United States. This health assessment is different and more complete than the one received before entering the country. The health assessment will help ensure that you are free of health problems, which could affect your family and your new community in Florida (1).
Who is eligible for services?
Eligibility for programs of Refugee Services is determined by federal law and includes the following (2):
Refugees: individuals fleeing persecution who received refugee status before arriving to the United States.
Asylees: individuals fleeing persecution granted asylum once in the United States.
Cuban and Haitian entrants: Nationals of Cuba or Haiti, who have been granted a parole, applied for asylum or are in removal proceedings.
Certified victims of human trafficking.
Clinic hours: 7:30 am to 4:00 pm, Monday thru Friday
Do I have to pay for services?
No, services you will receive are free of charge.
What if I don't speak English?
In the Refugee Health Assessment Program, we have qualified health personnel who speak English, Spanish and Creole. Our staff is ready to assist you during your visit or over the phone.
What do you need to bring to the Refugee Health Assessment clinic?
To be prepared for your initiation screening, you will need to collect and bring the following items to your appointment (1):
- Overseas medical records and X-rays (if you have them)
- Immunization records (if you have them)
- Other medical records or information concerning your health
- Any medicines you are currently taking
- I-94 card or other immigration documents showing your immigration status and arrival date
- Medicaid and Social Security cards (if you have received them)
- A photo identification card
What services are provided for eligible refugees?
The services that you will receive may include:
- Tuberculosis (TB) skin test
- Read tuberculosis test/referral, if necessary
- Referral for Latent TB infection Treatment
- Chest X-ray services
- Vision and hearing test
- Dental check
- Blood pressure check
- Malnutrition test
- Cholesterol test
- Sickle cell and Malaria blood test
- Anemia test
- Parasitic infection test
- Hepatitis B and C panel
- Test for diabetes
- Test for sexually transmitted diseases
- Pregnancy test, if applicable
- Mental health evaluation and referral
- Lead screening
- School physicals
- HIV testing and counseling
- Immunization for children and adults
- Health education
- Referral for an initial primary care visit
If a problem is found during your health screening, you will be informed how to get more medical attention.
(1) Florida Department of Health, Division of Disease Control. Bureau of Tuberculosis and Refugee Health. Refugee Health Program
(2) Florida Department of Children and Families. Refugee Services Program. Populations Eligible for Services.