Refugee and Minority Health - About Us

The Minority and Refugee Health program focuses on the needs of Maine’s Minority and Refugee populations.
The purpose of the program is:

  • To improve the population health of Racial/Ethnic and other Minority Communities
  • To work with providers to ensure cultural and linguistic appropriate services.
  • To educate and inform the community and stakeholders of the presence and importance of public health issues, initiatives, programs and services for refugees and other categories of immigrants resettling in Maine
  • To ensure timely and comprehensive initial health screenings for newly arriving primary refugee, identify and manage health conditions or health related issues that could impede their successful resettlement in Maine

We work In partnership with Refugee Resettlement agency (Catholic Charity), Population Health entity (Public Health Nurses), Refugee Health providers entities and other stakeholders.

We conduct:

  • Racial and Ethnic Minority regular health need assessments
  • Address social determinants that affect the populations health of Racial/Ethnic and Tribal communities in the state of Maine
  • Regular training on CLAS (Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Service) for health service providers
  • Minority Health Coordination:
    Regular inventory and assessment of the social determinants of health that are affecting the population health of racial/ethnic and tribal communities living in the state of Maine also working actively toward addressing those social determinants subsequently reduce health disparities.
    Regular training on CLAS ( Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services ) for Health services providers.
  • Refugee Health Assessment Care Coordination
    We work with refugee resettlement agencies, state programs, and health and social service providers to develop coordinated and comprehensive health services for refugees.
  • Refugee Health Education
    We provide training and technical assistance to medical providers who work with refugees in order to ensure culturally and linguistically appropriate care.
  • Refugee data Collection, Reporting and surveillance
    We track refugee health information for planning and reporting purposes, develop priorities, gather resources, and plan and implement actions to improve public health