Refugee & Immigrant Health Services

14680_loresThe Department of Health provides eligible clients with culturally and linguistically-appropriate health screening and assessments, including follow-ups and referrals to other healthcare providers as appropriate. We serve newly arriving refugees, asylees, victims of human trafficking and those seeking to become permanent U.S. residents.

We do this in partnership with healthcare providers, voluntary resettlement agencies and the state and federal offices of refugee resettlement. These agencies provide resettlement orientation, benefits eligibility assistance, case management, language and vocational training. They also assist with language interpretation, transportation and follow-up related health assessments and referrals.

Screening Services

The Department of Health provides an initial health screening to all eligible refugees within 30 days of their U.S. arrival and resettlement into Allen County. Other health screening services are offered upon request or referral.

Refugee Health Screening
For newly arriving refugees to Allen County, this includes a complete health history assessment, physical examination, diagnostic tests, an evaluation (skin test/chest x-ray examination) for tuberculosis and screenings for other communicable disease of public health significance. Any recommended vaccinations would also be given. We also perform an assessment of mental health and social service needs. Referrals to healthcare providers for further medical evaluation, treatment and follow-up are made when necessary.

Civil Surgeon Exam
For those applying for permanent residency status in the United States, this includes a complete health history assessment, a physical examination, diagnostic testing, an evaluation (blood test/chest x-ray examination) for tuberculosis and screenings for other communicable disease of public health significance. Any recommended vaccinations would also be given. We also perform an assessment of mental health and social service needs. Referrals to healthcare providers for further medical evaluation, treatment and follow-up are made when necessary.

TB Skin Test (Placement & Reading)
A skin test used to indicate if an individual has been exposed to tuberculosis (TB). For individuals who have either a positive TB skin test or positive TB blood test, the Department of Health will require a chest X-ray to rule out active tuberculosis. A symptom review will be performed and an order for the chest x-ray will be given.

Blood Draws
These services might include a screening for blood lead levels, cholesterol or nutritional deficiencies.

Clinic Location and Hours

The clinic is located in the Department of Health Medical Annex at 4813 New Haven Avenue. Parking is free and the clinic is located along a Citilink bus route, Bus #10. The clinic is open 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday except on holidays observed by Allen County Government.

To schedule an appointment:

  • Call 449-7504 and press option #1. Calls are answered beginning at 8 a.m. each day, Monday-Friday.

Translated Materials

Below are links to videos and publications that have been translated into the Burmese language.

Learning to Jump Rope (DOH)
My TB Story (DOH)
Healthy Homes 101 (DOH)
What is a Pharmacy? (DOH)
What is a Refill? (DOH)
Get a Prescription Refilled (DOH)
Making a Doctor’s Appointment (DOH)

Burmese