- To help ensure that refugees receive an initial domestic health assessment soon after arrival in Connecticut, receive diagnosis and treatment for conditions of potential public health significance, and have referrals and treatment for chronic diseases and disorders;
- To notify appropriate health officials if entrants are diagnosed with conditions of public health significance;
- To compile, analyze, and report selected health data about entrants to Connecticut; and
- To provide technical assistance about refugee health matters.
Before coming to the United States, refugees undergo an overseas medical screening to determine eligibility for U.S. entry. Soon after U.S. Entry, refugees are advised to undergo an initial domestic refugee health assessment (RHA). In Connecticut, refugee resettlement agencies and other sponsors work with health care providers and local health departments to schedule these RHAs.
The RIHP conducts certain tuberculosis (TB) control activities as part of the broader mission of the TB Control Program at DPH. Entrants who arrive with an overseas TB classification should undergo a U.S.-based TB evaluation soon after U.S. entry. The RIHP collaborates with sponsors, health care providers, and local health departments to ensure that evaluations, diagnoses, and treatment for TB or latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI) are obtained.
Division of Global Migration and Quarantine (CDC)
Immigrant and Refugee Health (CDC)
Refugee Health Guidelines: Pre-and Post- U.S. Arrival (CDC)
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (DHS)
Office of Refugee Resettlement (DHHS)
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
Refugee Health Technical Assistance Center (RHTAC)
Center for Applied Linguistics: Immigrant and Refugee Integration (CAL)
CDC Immigrant and Refugee Health, Technical Instructions for Civil Surgeons
Civil Surgeon Locator (USCIS)
National Standards on Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS Standards)
Guidance to Federal Financial Assistance Recipients Regarding Title VI Prohibition Against National Origin Discrimination Affecting Limited English Proficient Persons (8/8/2003)
Connecticut Department of Public Health
410 Capitol Avenue, MS# 11-TUB
Hartford, CT 06134