Approximately 250 refugees arrive in the Greater New Haven area yearly though in some years like 2016, the numbers were much higher. In addition to many other resettlement needs, these refugees need medical care soon after arrival. Health care needs of refugees vary depending on previous access to health care and physical and psychological effects of forced migration.
The Yale Refugee Clinics are at the center of health services provided to refugees in New Haven. The clinics are housed in the Yale Primary Care Center (YPCC) of Yale New Haven Hospital (YNHH) and have been operating since 2009. We partner with the local refugee resettlement agency in New Haven, Integrated Refugee and Immigrations Services (IRIS). We provide the first domestic screening examination for all legally resettled refugees coming into the Greater New Haven area and establish them for longitudinal care in one of the primary care sites at YNHH.
Refugees face many challenges navigating the U.S. health care system due to complexity of the system, differences in access compared to their home countries and language barriers. Our goal is to provide high quality health care to refugees and support their transition into a new health care system.
Provide a medical home for refugees arriving in the Greater New Haven area and promote clinical innovation, education and research in refugee health care.