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The Yale Pediatric Refugee Clinic

The Yale Pediatric Refugee Clinic, a resident initiated program, is a partnership between the Yale Pediatric Residency Program and Integrated Refugee and Resettlement Services of New Haven. This optional experience for residents offers the opportunity to care for children resettling in the United States..

Mission Statement

The Yale Pediatric Refugee Clinic aims to provide a medical home for refugees arriving in the Greater New Haven area and to promote clinical innovation, education and research in refugee health care. For residents choosing to become a refugee clinic team member, the clinic aims to provide pediatric and medicine-pediatric residents with an in-depth clinical experience combined with didactics, research, health literacy and advocacy projects to become leaders in pediatric refugee health care.

Clinic Overview

The Yale Pediatric Refugee Clinic was established in 2007 as a partnership between New Haven’s refugee resettlement agency Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services (IRIS) and the Yale Primary Care Clinic, YPCC. Together with the adult refugee clinic, these clinics serve families resettling in the greater New Haven area. Approximately 250 refugees arrive in the Greater New Haven area each year and about 50% are under the age of 18 yrs. Over the past several years, the pediatric clinic has annually performed 85-155 initial health assessments on recently resettled children, most of whom continue their longitudinal care at the YPCC. The majority of these children and their families come from war-torn countries including Afghanistan, The Democratic Republic of the Congo, Iraq, Sudan and Syria.

Refugees face many challenges navigating the U.S. healthcare system due to the 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. The pediatric refugee clinic team is composed of pediatric medical providers, pediatric nurses, interpreters, a consulting pediatric psychiatrist and neuropsychologist. We work closely with the healthcare coordinators at IRIS, and we partner with the YPCC social worker, care coordinator and medical-legal partnership. The YPCC becomes the medical home for a majority of the children seen for their initial Refugee Health Assessment.

Yale Refugee Health Program

Visit the Yale Refugee Health Program website for more information on health services provided to refugees in New Haven.