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Newcomers Health Program 

Refugee Health Assessment Program (RHAP)

In collaboration with the Family Health Center's Refugee Medical Clinic at San Francisco General Hospital, newly arriving refugees, asylees, certified victims of trafficking (and others with designated 'refugee' status) receive compressive medical and mental health assessments, treatment and referrals. Newcomers Health Program staff provides community outreach, resources, health education and medical interpretation. The health care providers and staff of Refugee Medical Clinic provide the clinical services for the refugees. This program is funded primarily by the California Department of Public Health, Refugee Health Program.

Medical Interpretation & Patient Health Education

These services are provided at both Refugee Medical Clinic and Ocean Park Health Center. Medical interpreters/health workers work with Mandarin-Cantonese- Spanish-, Arabic-, Burmese-, Mongolian-, Russian- and Tagalog-speaking patients at Refugee Medical Clinic, and Russian-speaking patients at Ocean Park Health Center. The purpose is to provide linguistic and cultural access for mental health and primary health care newcomer patients.

Health Education & Resources

Health education services include one-on-one patient education as well as review, translation and distribution of health materials. These services are provided to assist them in achieving and maintaining health and well-being through individualized and one-on-one patient education during their health screening. Areas of focus include, but are not limited to, community resources on healthy living and chronic disease prevention, promotion of physical activity and healthy eating, patient self-management of chronic health conditions and mental health support and referrals.
These services are funded in part by San Francisco Department of Public Health's General Fund.

SUNSET Russian Tobacco Education Project

In collaboration with Bay Area Community Resources, Newcomers Health Program is implementing the SUNSET project. This project focuses on informing the Russian-speaking newcomer community about the impact of tobacco, and developing policies and conducting initiatives to decrease environmental tobacco smoke exposure and tobacco use in the community. Funding for this program comes from the California Department of Public Health, Tobacco Control Program.

Other Programs and Services

  • Community Assessments - Newcomers Health Program conducts various assessments of different refugee communities in San Francisco. One purpose of the assessments is to research health, resettlement, and other issues impacting refugee. A second purpose is to initiate a community organizing process by integrating community input and process into the assessments. These assessments help develop our understanding of the refugees' overall health and well-being, determine future directions and collaborations for Newcomers Health Program, and lead to local efforts that lead to  positive impacts for the communities. Please go to Newcomers reports to view or download copies of our assessment reports.
  • Community Presentations and Workshops - Educational workshops are conducted for refugees and immigrants, and staff at collaborating community-based organizations, with topics such as access to healthcare in the U.S., tuberculosis education, healthier lifestyles, tobacco and smoking, the health care system, and family planning. . In addition, staff present to community agencies on various issues related to providing health and social services to newcomers. Topics include cultural and health issues of refugees and immigrants, human trafficking identification, and  effective use of medical interpreters.
  • Information and Referral Services - Newcomers Health Program assists agency partners, and new refugees and immigrants in accessing needed services through our bilingual/bicultural staff and our community referral guide.  

Newcomers Health Program is one of the founding agency of SF-CAIRS, the San Francisco Coalition for Asylees, Immigrants and Refugee Services.  The Newcomers Health Program Coordinator is also the current SF-CAIRS secretary.  Please visit Staff, Sites & Collaborations for more information on SF-CAIRS.