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Health Assessment Guidelines

Indiana follows the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Division of Global Migration and Quarantine guidelines for domestic refugee health assessments. The CDC also provides information regarding overseas pre-departure interventions for refugee populations.

The Indiana Refugee Health Program contracts with local health department, not-for-profit, and federally qualified health center clinics to perform domestic refugee health assessments in Indiana. These assessments can also be performed by private medical providers where needed after consultation with the Refugee Health Coordinator.

Health Assessment Records

The Marion County Public Health Department and the Allen County Department of Health are the two main healthcare providers that perform domestic refugee health assessments in Indiana. For records, please contact the county directly:

Marion County Public Health Department
3838 N. Rural Street
Indianapolis, IN 46205
(317) 221-2000

Allen County Department of Health
4813 New Haven Ave.
Fort Wayne, IN 46803
(260) 449-7504

The Indiana Refugee Health Program is working to onboard new screening clinics in 2022 in response to the resettlement of Afghans in Indiana through the Afghan Placement Assistance program and to the awarding of two additional Reception and Placement program sites in Indiana by the U.S. Department of State.

If a provider is uncertain where a refugee may have received a health assessment, they can contact the Indiana Refugee Health Program.

Health Education Materials for Refugees
It is important that people receive health information in their own language. Many educational materials are available in multiple languages. Check the links below to access translations on different topics.

HealthReach
Source: U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health
Summary: Translations available on a wide variety of topics and languages. This site focuses on refugee languages, conditions, and educational needs.

MedlinePlus
Source: U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health
Summary: Translations available in over fifty languages on a wide variety of diseases, conditions, and health behaviors.

EthnoMed
Source: University of Washington and Harborview Medical Center
Summary: Health education information in multiple languages are provided by EthnoMed including pediatric health, hypertension, flu, and diabetes. It may direct you to other websites that have the information you are looking for.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Resources in Languages Other than English
Source: CDC
Summary: A searchable library of CDC print materials and information that has been translated into languages other than English. Topics include emergency preparedness and response, diseases and conditions, data and statistics, environmental health, healthy living, injury, violence and safety, life stages and populations, travelers’ health, and workplace safety and health among others.

National Resource Center for Refugees, Immigrants, and Migrants (NRC-RIM)
Source: University of Minnesota
Summary: The National Resource Center for Refugees, Immigrants, and Migrants (NRC-RIM) is funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the International Organization for Migration to support health departments and community organizations working with refugee, immigrant, and migrant communities that have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19. They have a library of COVID-19 translated video and written materials.

Culturally Appropriate Care
The Indiana Department of Health is committed to providing and promoting culturally appropriate care. Understanding and respecting diversity and cultural differences is vital to promoting optimal health and reducing health disparities. This approach includes offering appropriate language services, assessing community health needs, and ensuring that information is provided at the appropriate level of health literacy while respecting cultural health beliefs. Check the resources below to learn more about each of the topics.

National CLAS Standards
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Summary: The National CLAS Standards were created by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health to improve the quality of healthcare for vulnerable populations and help eliminate health disparities by establishing a blueprint for health and health-care organizations.

Refugee Backgrounds Journal Publications
Source: Cultural Orientation Resource Center
Summary: The journals explain where each refugee group came from, their history, their economy, their food, their culture, their cultural medicines, and their languages.

Switchboard Technical Assistance
Source: Switchboard
Summary: When working with refugees, culture is an essential component of understanding and assisting clients. Switchboard has many types of technical assistance and trainings for everyone associated with the refugee resettlement processes.

Effective Communication for Healthcare Teams: Addressing Health Literacy, Limited English Proficiency and Cultural Differences
Source: TRAIN
Summary: This interactive training course, aims to raise the quality of interactions between health-care professionals and patients by providing an interactive guide to understanding health literacy and, cultural competency and assisting individuals with limited English proficiency.