Refugee and Immigrant Health Program

Support health and wellness in refugee and immigrant communities in Washington State by cultivating a community of trusted support, health equity centered systems and evidence-based practices.

Values

  • Health Equity
  • Diversity in Perspectives, Partnership and Collaboration
  • Evidence-Based Expertise and Practice
  • Trusted Resource
  • Humility

Contact us

Mailing address
Washington State Department of Health
Communicable Disease Epidemiology – Refugee and Immigrant Health Program
1610 NE 150th Street, MS: K17-9
Shoreline, WA 98155
(206) 418-5500 Phone
(206) 418-5515 Fax
refugeehealthprogram@doh.wa.gov

Background

A refugee is a person who is unable to return to their home country because of persecution, or a well-founded fear of persecution due to race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion. Other individuals who are eligible for services on the same basis as refugees include: persons granted asylum; certain Amerasians from Vietnam; Cuban/Haitian entrants; Iraqi and Afghan special immigrants; and victims of human trafficking.

Activities

We collaborate with federal, state and local partners to promote refugee health. Our work includes:

  • Coordinate and collaborate with DOH subject matter experts to monitor the health of refugee populations.
  • Maintain the Washington State Domestic Medical Screening Guidelines in accordance with Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines.
  • Utilize surveillance and evaluation data to guide health program activities for refugee populations.
  • Share information and resources with clinicians and community partners.