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For more information or to schedule an appointment call:

Lourdes Ramos -Pearson

 (919) 560-7639

Refugee Health Supervisor:

Ponice Moore Bryant

 (919) 560-7886

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Refugees

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Why Refugees come to the United States?

 

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Refugees come to the United States for a variety of reasons. The most widely known reasons are to escape from war torn areas, or political/personal persecution.

That being the case, several categories have been established to classify the people entering the United States.

  • Refugee*
  • Asylee** & Parolee*** (for Cubans & Haitians)
  • Class B Immigrant
  • Class B Refugee
  1. Refugee- by definition is escaping an area of conflict.
    1. Apply to United States for refugee status
    2. Go through a screening process for disease and vaccinations
    3. Can take up to 10 years
  2. Asylees- are under the protection of the United States Government if they:
    1. Had a visa to enter the United States or are here illegally (Parolee)
    2. Asked the government for asylum due to threats to their personal safety
  3. Class B Immigrant- are immigrants into the United States but have a medical condition that must be addressed soon after arrival i.e.: Abnormal chest x-ray, pregnancy, Hypertension, Cancer, HIV.
  4. Class B Refugees- are considered the same as regular refugees, except for abnormal medical findings on their pre-departure physical that is done in the country of origin.
     *    Refugees:    Individuals granted refugee status by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) while outside the U.S. Refugees are unable to live in their country of origin because of persecution or a well-founded fear of persecution due to race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion.
         
     **   Asylees:    Individuals granted asylum by the USCIS after entering the U.S. Asylees are unable to return to their country of origin because of persecution or a well-founded fear of persecution due to race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion.
         
     *** Parolees:    Individuals with special permission to enter the U.S. under emergency conditions or when that person’s entry into the U.S. is considered to be in the public’s interest.

    Refugees arrive from all areas of the world. 

    Services provided by the Refugee Health Clinic

     blue_arrow    Communicable disease screenings 
     blue_arrow    Immunizations
     blue_arrow    Refugees receive an introduction to the health care system in the United States 
     blue_arrow    Services are provided with area relief agencies, service organizations, local healthcare facilities and providers. 
     blue_arrow    Services are provided through the use of interpreters or a language line as needed 
     blue_arrow    Referrals for medical care

     

     Location    Hours    Contact
             
     
    • located on the 1st Floor of the
      Durham County  Human Services
      Building in Clinic 6
       

    Monday - Friday
    from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

    New refugee screenings are provided every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday by appointment only. 

    Follow-up appointments for immunizations are also provided by appointment.

       

    • For more information or to schedule an appointment call: Lourdes Ramos -Pearson (919) 560-7639.

    • Refugee Health Supervisor: Ponice Moore Bryant (919) 560-7886

     

    To learn more about Refugees

     Immigration and Refugee Program    Immigrant and Refugee Health

    Church World Service
    112 South Duke Street, # 4B
    Durham, NC 27701
    (919) 680-4310

       Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
         
     Refugee Resettlement    NC Refugee Assistance Program
     World Relief 

    801 Gilbert Street, # 209
    Durham, NC 27701
    (919) 286-3496

       

     

    "Refugees resettled in  Durham County are scheduled for health screening, and the refugee is tested for communicable illness and conditions, including tuberculosis and HIV. "

    Please click here to visit the DCoDPH Refugee FAQ Page