Afghan Health Resources


The Washington State Department of Health welcomes all new Afghan community members to our great state of Washington. We stand in solidarity and partnership with the community partners working tirelessly to support newly arriving individuals and families. We're committed to identifying all of the ways we can help provide a healthy and safe future for our newest community members.

From 2010 to 2020, Washington welcomed about 30,213 refugees, including 4,166 Afghan Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) holders. Over the past two to three years, Washington welcomed about eight percent of the nation's total Afghan SIV arrivals. The highest concentration of Afghan Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) holders have arrived in King County, with some people resettling in Pierce, Snohomish, and Spokane counties.

As of mid-September 2021, the U.S. Department of State has approved local refugee resettlement agencies in Washington to welcome 1,679 people out of the initial 37,000 people processed. The federal government anticipates needing to resettle more than 70,000 people through Operation Allies Welcome. Washington is expected to be in the top five states to welcome Afghan arrivals. More information on welcoming Afghans to Washington is available from the DSHS Office of Refugee and Immigrant Assistance, including posters welcoming our Afghan neighbors.

The information below includes fact sheets, Webinars, videos, and other health resources to support new arrivals from Afghanistan.

Fact Sheets and Webinars

State agencies
Community resources
Afghan culture and health
Behavioral health
Benefits eligibility
Health outcomes
Federal fact sheets

Health promotion and education resources


CDC Wash Your Hands English (PDF) | Dari (PDF) | Pashto (PDF) | Urdu (PDF)

Vaccine Information Statements (VIS)
Varicella (chickenpox)