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Office of Refugee Health Overview  

Program Description

The Federal Refugee Act of 1980 created the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) to fund and coordinate post-arrival health assessments, time-limited medical services and cash assistance, and other benefits to newly arrived refugees, asylees, and other eligible entrants to help them achieve economic self-sufficiency as quickly as possible after their arrival to the United States.  In California, the Office of Refugee Health (ORH) coordinates the following programs supported with ORR funds:

  • Refugee Health Assessment Program (RHAP)

  • Impacted local health jurisdictions provide culturally and linguistically-appropriate comprehensive health assessments to newly arrived refugees, asylees, federally-certified victims of severe forms of trafficking, and other eligible entrants.  The RHAP focuses on screening of and prevention of communicable diseases; early identification and diagnosis of chronic diseases and other important conditions; assessment of immunization status for children and adults; mental health screening; and referral to health providers for further medical evaluation, treatment, and follow-up. 
    Funded Local Refugee Health Assessment Programs 
  • Refugee Preventive Health Program (RPHP)

  • Impacted local health jurisdictions and selected Voluntary Agencies develop and implement culturally and linguistically appropriate strategies, interventions, and activities that improve the follow-up and treatment of chronic health conditions amongst refugees and asylees identified during the initial refugee health assessment process.  The goal of the RPHP is to assist refugees in achieving self-sufficiency by becoming and staying healthy through prevention, early detection, and management of chronic conditions.  This program also promotes overall well being, change in behaviors for healthy living, and improving self-management of cardiovascular risk factors related to chronic health conditions using culturally and linguistically-appropriate interventions.
    Funded Local Refugee Preventive Health Programs 
  • Refugee Medical Assistance Program (RMA)

  • In coordination with the Department of Health Care Services, Medi-Cal Eligibility Division, the RHP provides time-limited RMA-based Medi-Cal benefits to refugees, asylees, federally-certified victims of human trafficking, and other entrants who are not eligible to receive Title XIX Medi-Cal benefits.  This benefit is available only for the first eight months from the date admitted to the U.S. or from the date of certification.


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