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Refugee Health

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.

Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting Factsheet

Bridging Refugee Youth & Children’s Services


About Refugees

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.

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.

Interagency Partners

Refugee Health Statistics

Refugee Health Provider Resources

Utah Department of Health Refugee Health Program Resources

Clinical Resources & Guidelines

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.

Emergency Preparedness

National Resources

Language Materials

  • Click here to find health education materials translated into various languages.


Utah Department of Health
Bureau of Epidemiology
Fax: 801-538-9913
288 North 1460 West
PO Box 142104
Salt Lake City, Utah 84114-2104

24-Hour Urgent Event & Disease Reporting

1-888-EPI-UTAH (374-8824)

Regular Business Hours:

Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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