Health is a major issue for refugees arriving in the Capital Region and refugees in general. Refugees have been living in war-torn countries or refugee camps for many years, often without access to adequate health care. Many come to the United States with many preexisting conditions and must face a new and complex healthcare system.
Navigating the American healthcare system is complicated enough for those who grew up in the system and speak English, and it is even more complicated for those who are unfamiliar with the system and have limited English skills.
Health care providers in the Capital Region are constantly working to make the healthcare system easier for refugees to navigate. Volunteers and community members are working daily to help our new neighbors adjust to the new healthcare system. If you would like to know more about the health resources available to refugees in the Capital Region, and how you can become involved in refugee health issues, please see this list of Community Resources.
If you have a specific question about refugee health in the Capital Region, please see our Frequently Asked Questions.