Refugee Health Program


The Georgia Department of Public Health Refugee Health Program promotes the physical, mental, and social well-being of all newly arriving refugees in the state of Georgia.

The program ensures that refugees receive adequate healthcare that is not provided in their native country. The refugee health screening (also referred to as the domestic health assessment) has four central purposes: 

  1. To reduce and recognize health-related barriers to successful resettlement,
  2. To protect the health of local, state, and national populations,
  3. Identify physical and mental health issues that may need continued care over and beyond public health’s capacity and
  4. Ensure that the refugee fully uses Medicaid during their 12-month eligibility as mandated by the Federal Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR). In correlation, outreach services provide health education and outreach to the refugee community, further ensuring infirmity prevention.

Domestic Health Assessment

The program collaborates with local resettlement agencies, local county health departments, and health care providers to screen newly arriving refugees in Georgia to administer the domestic refugee health assessment and follow-up process. This screening aims to identify and treat health problems that may interfere with a refugee’s successful resettlement. This appointment should be initiated within 30 days of the refugee’s arrival.

Medical Interpretation

Provides limited medical interpretation services during the initial health screening and follow-up.

  • Available languages for Interpretation: Somali, Arabic, Dari, and Pashto


  1. Pre-screening health orientation and education
  2. Refugee health linkage coordination assistance for complex medical issues
  3. Home visits to ensure compliance with medical treatment plans


  • Who is a Refugee?

    A refugee, as defined by the Refugee Act of 1980, is a person who is outside of and unable or unwilling to avail himself/herself of the protection of the home country because of persecution or fear of persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion.

  • Who is Eligible?

    Refugees, Asylees, Cuban/Haitian Entrants, Special Immigrant Visa Iraqis, Victims of Trafficking, and Humanitarian Parolees are eligible for the program.

  • Where are services located?


Refugee Health Data Request

The Public Health Information Portal (PHIP) is an online system where you can request public health data from the Georgia Department of Public Health. You will need to create a user account and complete the data request form:

Refugee Domestic Health Screening

The Georgia Refugee Health Program collaborates with local health jurisdictions and healthcare providers to conduct a comprehensive medical screening examination in line with the CDC Guidance for the U.S. Domestic Medical Examination for Newly Arriving Refugees (Click Here For CDC Refugees Guidelines). The Refugee Health Medical Screening Guidelines Manual ( Download this pdf file. Download Manual offers state-specific guidance for this screening examination.

Refugee Health Screening Resources

  • Office of Refugee Resettlement Domestic Screening Checklist – ( Download this pdf file. Download Checklist )
  • Clinical Assessment for Refugees (Click Here) - A tool for clinicians with screening information based on current guidelines.
  • CDC Technical Instructions for Civil Surgeons (Click Here)
  • National Resource Center for Refugees, Immigrants, & Migrants (Click Here) - A website through the University of Minnesota that provides webinars, translated resources, toolkits, vaccine campaigns, and more, all tailored for the care of RIM populations.


  1. Download this pdf file. Refugee Health Referral Form
  2. Download this pdf file. Domestic Health Screening Invoice


Page last updated 05/08/24