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Refugee and Immigrant Health

Family physicians care for individuals from diverse backgrounds across the nation and across the globe. Greensboro serves as a refugee resettlement city. For decades, community agencies have helped refugees relocate and settle in Greensboro. Cone Health Family Medicine partners with these agencies to provide primary care to families arriving from all across the globe---ranging from the Democratic Republic of Congo to Columbia to Bhutan.

Goals and Objectives

  1. Provide comprehensive, culturally sensitive primary care for refugees from diverse backgrounds
  2. Use the best available evidence to provide care for newly arrived refugees
  3. Partner with local agencies and resources to improve the health outcomes of refugee and immigrant populations

Clinical and Educational Opportunities

Every resident has the opportunity to complete initial refugee examinations in the Family Medicine Center. In the first year, residents spend time in the Refugee and Immigrant Clinic on Outpatient Family Medicine and Acute Care Rotations. During the second and third year, residents have dedicated time for refugee and immigrant care on the Community Medicine Rotation. Residents provide care for refugees as part of their longitudinal clinical experience in our Family Medicine Center each day throughout the three years of training.

The Refugee and Immigrant Health Area of Concentration provides additional opportunities for education and clinical care, as described below. Requirements are flexible and tailored to the interest of each resident and their future career goals. Additional time requirements range from two to four months.

  • Spend time with local agencies and partners providing care to refugees in our community. Partners include, for example, the Congregational Nursing Program.
  • Perform N-648 examinations (examination for individuals unable to take the citizenship exam) in conjunction with UNC Physicians for Human Rights.
  • Complete an elective focused on asylum seeker care. This can include training in asylum examinations.
  • Spend two or four weeks on a refugee health elective, with time dedicated to improving the care of the refugee patients seen on a regular basis in our clinic.
  • Attend the annual Refugee Health Forum, a conference coordinated and crafted by Greensboro AHEC and Dr. Brown.
  • Complete a scholarly project, which can involve a literature review and summary, conference presentation, quality improvement project, or research using our own database of information.