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