Center of Excellence in Refugee Health - Minnesota Department of Health

Center of Excellence in Refugee Health

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The Minnesota Department of Health Refugee and International Health Program and its principal partners received funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2015 to establish the Center of Excellence, a Network for Training and Epidemiology in Refugee health.

The Center of Excellence builds on existing infrastructure and its partners’ extensive experience to identify and monitor refugee health issues and needs, contribute to evidence-based policies and guidelines, and ultimately improve continuity of care and health outcomes for refugees.

Working with clinicians, state refugee health coordinators and other stakeholders, the Center will promote communication among refugee health professionals and dissemination of best practices.

Webinar Series

Webex Recording (April 28, 2020):
Center of Excellence Webinar Series: Hepatitis B in Refugees (1 hour)
Data and quality improvement efforts supporting improved testing, vaccination, & and linkage to ongoing care

Topics for future webinars in the series include intestinal parasites, female genital cutting/mutilation, and best practices for working with newly arriving families. Check back soon for dates and additional details.


  • Minnesota Department of Health
  • Denver Health and Hospital Authority, Colorado
  • HealthPartners Research Institute and Center for International Health, Minnesota
  • Nationalities Service Center (NSC), along with Thomas Jefferson University and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • University of Minnesota
  • Various Consultants


  • Write and update CDC refugee health guidelines (topics such as women’s health, preventive care, pediatrics, and mental health)
  • Develop electronic health record tools and an interactive online guidance tool for clinicians working with refugees
  • Train clinicians and service providers on refugee health
  • Evaluate refugee health issues (both epidemiology and care/management), such as hepatitis B, mental health, tuberculosis, cancers related to infectious diseases
  • Develop accessible health education resources for refugees, including a mobile application
  • Promote communication among refugee health professionals and dissemination of best practices
  • As a member of Colorado’s multi-site Refugee Health Surveillance Network, contribute refugee health screening data to help protect the health of refugees and the broader public
Updated Tuesday, 19-May-2020 15:38:38 CDT