The Federal Refugee Act of 1980 created a uniform system of services for refugees resettled in the United States. As such, each newly arriving refugee is entitled to a comprehensive health screening within the first 30 days after arriving in the United States.
The Utah Refugee Health Program within the Utah Department of Health works alongside local and federal partners to ensure each newly arriving refugee to Utah receives a culturally and linguistically appropriate health screening. In addition, the program provides additional follow-up, mental health services, and health education.
Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting
In 2019 a law was passed in Utah that requires the Utah Department of Health to create an education program to alert the community to the health risks and emotional trauma of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C). For more information, please reference the following factsheet and resource.
Do you know how refugees are different than other immigrants? Do you understand the process of resettlement to the United States? How many refugees are resettled to Utah every year? Learn the answers to these questions and more information about refugees and global refugee statistics from the link below.
- Click here for additional Information
- Proposed Refugee Admissions Report
- Department of State, Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration
About the Utah Refugee Health Program
The Utah Refugee Health Program partners with local health departments, private health care providers, and community organizations to offer each new refugee arrival a comprehensive health screening, appropriate follow-up or referral, mental health services and community-based health education. Learn about the Utah Refugee Health Program by reading our program manual or use the links below to learn about our community partners.
Refugee Health Statistics
To access statistics about refugees and refugee health, use the resources below.
Refugee Health Provider Resources
Utah Department of Health Refugee Health Program Resources
Clinical Resources & Guidelines
- (CDC) Immigrant and Refugee Health
- (CDC) Guidelines Medical Examination Guidelines for Newly Arriving Refugees
Conferences and Trainings
- Click here to find information about various online courses, lectures, and conferences regarding refugee health.
Refugee Health Provider Listserv
- The Society of Refugee Healthcare Providers has a listserv where refugee health stakeholders can communicate with each other about refugee health specific topics.
- Refugee Society
Mental Health Resources/Cultural Competency Standards
- Click here to find Utah-specific and national information about refugee mental health, cultural competency, and linguistically appropriate standards.
Health Education Materials for Refugees
Use the links below to locate health-related information translated into languages commonly spoken by people with refugee backgrounds.
- Multilingual Library - Office of Health Disparities
- Health Reach
- Medline Plus
- Healthy Living Toolkit and Food / Nutrition Handouts
- Healthy Roads Media
- Click here to find health education materials translated into various languages.