Philadelphia Refugee Health Collaborative (PRHC)

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The Philadelphia Refugee Health Collaborative (PRHC) gives the following descriptive information:

Since the mid-1970s, large numbers of refugees have been resettled in the Philadelphia region. Currently, three local resettlement agencies – Nationalities Service Center, HIAS Pennsylvania, and Bethany Christian Services – are resettling approximately 800 refugees to the region each year.

Under a protocol established by the US government, refugees should obtain a domestic health screening and orientation to the US health care system within 30 days of arrival in the US. The screening should include immunizations and communicable disease screening as well as an assessment of personal health needs. PRHC clinics follow the screening protocol established by the Pennsylvania Refugee Health Program in accordance with the Office of Refugee Resettlement and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.

To ensure that newly arrived refugees have timely access to screenings and ongoing medical care, the resettlement agencies in Philadelphia have partnered with medical practices housed in the region’s university and federally qualified health systems to develop specialized refugee health clinics. Working in partnership with the Philadelphia Department of Public Health and the Pennsylvania Refugee Health Program, together, resettlement agencies and medical providers form a strong team, with the experience and skills necessary to effectively manage refugee health services in the region.

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