The Health Department in collaboration with the Maryland Department of Health, provides a comprehensive health assessment, screenings and follow-up care to federally determined and State referred Refugees, Asylees, Parolees, and other immigrants.


Why should I get a a health assessment?

    • It is free for refugees & asylees.
    • To identify health problems & receive treatment
    • Prevent the spread of sickness to others
  • Immunizations from the health assessment will be needed to adjust residency status and get a Green Card
    Schools require immunizations

When should I get the health assessment?

  • As soon as possible, you may have to wait a few weeks for an appointment
  • Preferably within 90 days after arriving in the US or after being granted asylum

What should I expect from the health assessment?

  • A complete health assessment will usually involve 2-3 appointments
  • The doctor/nurse will review your medical history
  • A physical exam, which may include taking your height/weight, blood pressure, vision, hearing, oral health, blood test, and pregnancy test (women)
  • Screening for TB, blood lead level (children), hepatitis B, sexually transmitted infections (adults), and intestinal parasites
  • Document immunization history and provide immunizations
  • The doctor or nurse will discuss your test results with you
  • Treatment for tuberculosis if needed
  • Referrals to other medical providers if health conditions are identified

If I cannot speak English, how will I understand the doctor or nurse?

  • The Health Department or Provider should use Language Line (phone interpreting service) or someone on staff that can speak your language.

What should I bring with me to the health assessment?

  • Identification, such as I-94, asylum approval letter
  • Bring your overseas medical examination papers and chest x-rays if available

Administrative Care Coordination / Ombudsman Program

443-523-1700 Administrative Care Coordination/Ombudsman Program This program provides education and outreach to Medical Assistance (MA) recipients to increase awareness of Medical Assistance Programs. Assists beneficiaries to navigate the Medicaid/HealthChoice Program Serves as a resource for beneficiaries and providers Helps beneficiaries to understand and utilize their Medicaid benefits Educates on the importance of preventive health care…

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Reproductive Health – Family Planning; Pregnancy Testing; STI Services

Somerset County Health Department offers a variety of reproductive health services to teens and women of childbearing age, as well as males. Routine GYN exams Screening for cervical cancer (pap smear) Screening for sexually transmitted infections, including testing for HIV Variety of birth control methods, information and education Pregnancy testing, counseling, and referral to community…

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