The Refugee Primary Care Work Group has collaborated to create an educational tool we call "Refugee 101" which covers the basic questions that health care provider settings may have about their refugee patients, and the best practices for working with refugee families and communities, and refugee resettlement agencies.
The Refugee 101 presentation is conducted by members of a speakers' bureau comprised of Refugee Primary Care Work Group members representing health care providers, refugee resettlement agencies, and refugee members. When a presentation is requested, the group mobilizes to schedule a training session, and adapt the presentation to the needs of the agencies requesting the presentation.

The presentation has the following sections:
  • Refugee Status
    Refugee Data and Statistics - global and local
  • Cultural Overview of Refugees Resettled to Tucson
  • Refugee Resettlement Agency Services
  • Health Screening Requirements - overseas and domestic
  • Refugee Health Issues
  • Mental Health

The Refugee 101 presentation (2 hour version) can be viewed here:

Additional presentations have been tailored to complement this presentation, to allow for shorter time slots and diverse provider audiences.

Below are some annotated websites with additional information about refugee status in the US and worldwide.

1. Congressional Records:
This Bill is from the 112th Congress, First Session and discusses what is required to become a Refugee and what rights Refugees have once they are in the United States. Most importantly it outlines the resettlement data, which includes health information. The Bill states: "The Assistant Secretary shall coordinate with the Centers for Disease Control, national resettlement agencies, community based organizations, and State refugee health programs to track national and State trends on refugees arriving with Class A medical conditions and other urgent medical needs. The Assistant Secretary shall utilize initial refugee health screening data, including history of severe trauma, torture, mental health symptoms, depression, anxiety and PTSD, recorded during domestic and international health screenings, and Refugee Medical Assistance utilization rate data in collecting this information."

2. Code of Federal Regulations:
The United States Code of Refugee Resettlement outlines the program that assists Refugees and their families attain economic independence, health care and cultural adjustment. Funding for the Refugee Resettlement Program is provided through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Refugee Resettlement.

3. Department of State Information:
Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration. This is the main site for government refugee information because it includes the Department of State's information on refugees and the conflicts taking place throughout the world. This is a good resource to have while working with refugees because it will provide a basis to understanding a refugee's situation.
Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration(PRM): U.S. Foreign Assistance Performance Publication outlines the support that is provided to people in need of international protection and durable solutions. The PRM is the UN Refugees Agency primary support for protection, emergency shelter and camp management on behalf of internally and externally displaced persons. This Publication outlines the Protection and Solutions, Assistance and Recovery, and Migration Management in order to outline how their funding is being allocated.

This is a good link for refugee information and includes information about what countries refugees come from and what kinds of political conflicts are taking place in those countries.

Overview of U.S. Refugee Policy. This explains the United State's policy on admitting refugees into the country from Africa, East Asia, Latin America, the Near East, Europe and Central America.

4. United Nations Information:
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees webpage discusses the Geneva Convention and the history of displaced people. The site also outlines what countries receive assistance from the UNHCR, how they help, and what programs they offer.