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San Francisco Health Network
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Community Health Equity and Promotion

Newcomers Health Program


How can we collaborate to serve newcomer clients?

You can contact our program manager  at (628-206-7627) to discuss how we can collaborate with you.

Some collaborative activities include:

  • Outreach to asylees and/or victims of trafficking, and newcomer populations with information about community health and social services
  • Provide culturally and linguistically tailored healthy living workshops in the community
  • Share cross-referral information

Collaborate by joining SF-CAIRS, San Francisco Coalition for Asylee, Immigrant and Refugee Services (the SF Refugee Forum), SF-CAIRS A San Francisco-based coalition of community-based organizations coming together to share ideas, resources, and create a cohesive network focused on issues for refugees, asylees and other immigrants.  Send an email request to  

What are the differences between refugees and asylees?

A refugee is someone who has fled his or her country because he/she has a well-founded fear of persecution for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group or political opinion. The U.S. has a refugee resettlement program through which refugees can apply to live here legally.

An asylee is a person who is already present in the U.S. or is still in another country and, like a refugee, is granted legal status to live in the U.S. based on a claim of persecution or feared persecution in his/her home country.

What health benefits are asylees and refugees eligible for?

Asylees and refugees are eligible for public health benefits which include Medi-Cal or Refugee Medical Assistance (depending on income level) for up to eight months after asylum is granted or refugee arrival in the USA. With Medi-Cal or RMA coverage,  they can receive comprehensive health assessments within the first eight months after asylum is granted or refugee arrival. Contact us at (415) 206-8608 to find out more about these health benefits.