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Refugee Health

Florida Department of Health in Osceola County

Florida’s Refugee Health Program is a leader in providing culturally sensitive health services to all refugees in search for a better life and self-sufficiency in America. The primary goal of the Refugee Health Program is to offer protection of public health from communicable disease through the review of overseas medical examination records and the provision of health screenings and immunizations. The health assessment will help identify and treat conditions that could keep you from getting a job and is needed by all children entering public school.

Florida Department of Health in Osceola County Refugee Health Assessment Program

  1. protects the health of the general population in Osceola County by identifying eligible newly arriving refugees with communicable diseases
  2. reduces and/or eliminates health-related barriers that adversely impact the effective resettlement of eligible newly arriving refugees into our community.
  3. provides culturally sensitive health assessments, immunizations, and referrals for follow-up health care services to eligible newly arriving refugees in Osceola County.

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.

Who is eligible for services?
Eligibility for programs of Refugee Services is determined by federal law and includes the following:

  • Refugees: individuals fleeing persecution who received refugee status prior arriving in 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, Parolees, Amerasians, and Special Immigrants

How to Make an Appointment
To make an appointment at the Florida Department of Health in Osceola County Refugee Health Assessment Program call at 407-343-2168

Do I have to pay for services?
No, services you will receive are free of charge.

What if I do not 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 initial health screening, you should collect and bring the following items to your appointment if you have them:

  • Overseas medical records and X-rays
  • Immunization records
  • 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
  • A photo identification card

What services are provided for eligible refugees?
The services that you will receive may include:

  • Tuberculosis (TB) skin test or Quantiferon
  • Read Tuberculosis test/referral, as needed
  • Referral for Latent TB Infection Treatment
  • Pregnancy test, if applicable
  • Referral for an initial primary care visit
  • HIV testing, pre and post counseling
  • Sickle cell and Malaria blood test
  • Mental health evaluation and referral
  • Test for sexually transmitted disease
  • Domestic Violence Assessmen
  • tImmunizations for children and adults
  • School physicals, as needed
  • Dental check
  • Vision and hearing test
  • Chest X-ray services
  • Blood pressure check
  • Cholesterol total - HDL
  • Anemia test
  • Postural Assessement
  • Parasitic infection test
  • Lead screening
  • Health education
  • Malnutrition test
  • Hepatitis panel
  • Test for diabetes

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