Refugee Health Screening
As soon as possible after arrival to Summit County, refugees/refugee families, receive a comprehensive health screening as a follow-up to the exam they received overseas. The primary purpose of the screening is to identify for treatment any communicable disease that may threaten public health and other medical conditions that may act as barriers to successful resettlement. Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services (ODJFS) contracts with health care providers located in numerous resettlement counties throughout Ohio. These agencies perform screenings and make appropriate referrals for follow-up care.
Summit County Public Health has provided screening physicals for newly arrived refugees for over 25 years. Staff utilizes interpreters while providing culturally sensitive health care to maximize the outcome for this population. Summit County Public Health works closely with a local resettlement agency and multiple health care agencies within Summit County to assist with the refugee’s transition into the American health care system.
Appointments are arranged through the International Institute of Akron.