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Refugee Health

Resources for Health Care Providers

Title VI of the Civil Rights Act

Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits recipients of federal funds from discriminating against any person on the basis of race, color, or national origin. If your agency receives federal funds, you are required by law to take reasonable steps to ensure that limited English proficient (LEP) persons have meaningful access to your services. This means providing the client with a qualified interpreter and translated documents at no cost to the client.

Refugee Medical Assistance Program (RMAP)

The Refugee Medical Assistance Program (RMAP) is a temporary, federally-funded health benefit program for refugees, asylees, and other special immigrants. RMAP covers the domestic preventive health screening and functions as health insurance coverage for essential health services for the first 60 days after arrival to the US.

Cultural Competency

The increased racial, ethnic, and linguistic diversity of patient populations presents both challenges and opportunities for health care providers. Cultural competency is defined as a set of congruent behaviors, attitudes, and policies that enables effective work in cross-cultural situations.

Understanding, valuing, and accommodating cultural differences are essential for reducing health disparities and providing quality health care to all patients. Health services that are respectful of and responsive to the cultural and linguistic needs of refugee patients can have a positive impact on health outcomes and the overall resettlement process.

Community Profiles

The Arizona Refugee Health Program has developed a community profile for each of the major refugee groups resettled in Arizona. The purpose of these community profiles is to build on the capacity of health care providers to provide culturally and linguistically appropriate care for refugee patients. These community profiles are only meant to provide a general orientation to the culture, and may not apply to every individual in the group. Each refugee brings his or her own story and own culture.

List of references for the cultural information found in these community profiles