Refugee Health FAQs

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  • Where do the Refugees come from?

    Refugees arrive from all areas of the world.

  • Where can I get my healthcare?

    The Refugee Health Clinic provides communicable disease screenings, immunizations, and referrals for much-needed medical care and services to refugees who are newly arrived in Durham County. Through this process, the refugees receive an introduction to the health care system in the United States. Services are provided together with area relief agencies, service organizations, and other local healthcare facilities and providers.

  • What Refugee Health services are provided by the Health Department?

    As directed by the North Carolina Refugee Health Program, the Health Department provides a refugee health assessment which includes:

    • Communicable disease screening
    • Appropriate follow-up
    • Immunizations
    • Referral for a physical exam
    • Referral to a social worker
  • Do these services cost money?

    Most of these services are covered by Medicaid and are free to the covered individual. There may be costs associated with some services such as the I-693. Refugees seeking assistance with their I-693 form need to schedule an appointment. The Health Department is also a designated Civil Surgeon for refugees only.

  • What is an I-693?

    Generally, all applicants filing for adjustment of status to that of a lawful permanent resident must submit Form I-693 completed by a designated civil surgeon. Form I-693 is used to report results of a medical examination to USCIS. The examination is required to establish that an applicant is not inadmissible to the United States on public health grounds.

  • Who can I call and speak to about making and appointment for my I-693?

    You may call and schedule an appointment at (919) 560-7608.

  • What if I don’t speak English?

    Services are provided through the use of interpreters or a language line as needed.

  • What do I do if I think I have a communicable disease?

    Recognizing and treatment of communicable diseases in the refugee population ensures the health of the individual refugee and the community.

  • Who is eligible for Refugee Health services?

    Refugee Health services are provided to individuals with refugee, asylee or parolee status, who have recently relocated to the United States. Certain other groups are also eligible for these special “Refugee” health services, including Cubans.