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R I Med J (2013). 2013 Apr 1;96(4):28-32.

Health screening of newly resettled refugees in a primary care setting.

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  • 1Infectious Disease Fellow at the University of Washington, Seattle. Previously she was a Fogarty International Clinical Research Fellow with the UNC Project in Lilongwe, Malawi, and a former Medicine/Pediatrics Resident at Rhode Island Hospital.


Since October 2008, the Medicine/Pediatrics Primary Care Center (MPPCC) has been working with Rhode Island's refugee resettlement agency to coordinate medial care for newly resettled adults and adolescent refugees. The process includes obtaining extensive screening labs and providing immunizations. This review discusses the results of selected screening tests for latent TB, stool parasites, vitamin D, and vaccine-preventable diseases, such as hepatitis, performed as part of the initial intake exam during the first two years of operation of the MPPCC Refugee Clinic.


Medicine/ Pediatrics Primary Care Center; Refugee clinic; TB; hepatitis

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