The Refugee Health Program works with many partners at the local, state, and federal levels. Ensuring refugees have the knowledge and resources they need to be healthy and successful in Indiana requires collaboration from many sectors, including state and local government, resettlement agencies, school systems, community organizations, health care entities, law enforcement, faith-based organizations, and many more. See below to find contact information for some of our partners.
Indiana Refugee Resettlement Agencies
Exodus Refugee Immigration
Exodus has welcomed refugees and asylees since 1981, helping thousands of refugees from more than 50 different countries establish new lives in Indiana. Its programs and services include reception and placement, English language learning, employment program, mental wellness, women’s program, and a youth program. Exodus’s primary office is located in Indianapolis; it plans to open an office in Bloomington in 2022.
Catholic Charities of Indianapolis
Catholic Charities has resettled more than 20,000 refugees in the Indianapolis area since 1975. Its Refugee and Immigrant Services include reception and placement, employment and job readiness, and immigration legal services for refugees.
Catholic Charities of Ft. Wayne -South Bend
Catholic Charities provides immigrants and refugees with the services needed to find employment and assimilate into their community. Its services include reception and placement, job training and placement services, health services navigation, homework help, and immigration services. Its primary office is located in Fort Wayne; it plans to open a second office in South Bend in 2022.
Local Health Department Screening Clinics
Marion County Public Health Department (MCPHD)
MCPHD’s Foreign-born/Refugee Health Program works in partnership with the Indiana Department of Health, FSSA, and local resettlement agencies to provide refugees with culturally and linguistically appropriate health screenings, assessments, and referrals. MCPHD plays a vital role in ensuring refugee health and well-being as well as improving the public health of their communities.
Allen County Department of Health
The Allen County Department of Health provides eligible clients with culturally and linguistically appropriate health screening and assessments, including follow-ups and referrals to other healthcare providers as appropriate. It serves newly arriving refugees, asylees, victims of human trafficking and those seeking to become permanent U.S. residents.
Indiana Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA)
(855) 673-0193 Extension 5831 or 5838
Indiana Refugee Services ensures that refugees are provided assistance and services through state-administered programs that enable them to become employed and economically self-sufficient as soon as possible after their arrival in the United States. They provide technical assistance to ensure compliance with federal and state regulations governing the delivery of refugee assistance and services, including cash and medical assistance.
U.S. Government Agencies
Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR)
ORR is a program of the Administration for Children and Families within the United States Department of Health and Human Services. ORR offers support to states and designated agencies to provide programs and services to facilitate refugees’ successful transition to life in the U.S. and help them to attain self-sufficiency. All funding for the Indiana Refugee Health Program comes from ORR.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
The CDC is the leading national public health agency and is under the Department of Health and Human Services. Its goal is to protect public health and safety through the control and prevention of disease, injury, and disability in the U.S. and internationally. The Indiana Department of Health works closely with the CDC to receive information from refugees’ pre-immigration medical exams and ensure their health and safety during travel to the U.S.
The Bureau of Population, Refugee, and Migration (PRM)
As part of the U.S. Department of State, PRM supports efforts to protect and assist refugees and vulnerable migrants around the world. Their works include formulating policies on population, refugees, and migrants and provide funds for reception and placement services for refugees.