The goal of the Virginia Newcomer Health Program (NHP) is to ensure that all refugees and other qualified individuals receive an initial health screening within 45 days of arrival to the Commonwealth of Virginia.
History of Program:
The Refugee and Immigrant Health Program (RIHP) was created by the Virginia Department of Social Services (DSS), Office of Newcomer Services (ONS) following the passage of the United States Federal Refugee Act of 1980. This Act created a uniform system of services for refugees migrating to the United States. The Act entitles all newly arriving refugees and other qualified individuals to a variety of services including an initial health screening. In Virginia, these screenings are provided at local health departments (LHDs). In June 2004, the RIHP changed its name to the Newcomer Health Program (NHP) and is part of the Virginia Department of Health, Division of Disease Prevention Tuberculosis (TB) Control Program.
What We Do:
In collaboration with LHDs and refugee resettlement agencies, the VDH NHP:
Refugee Health Screenings:
The health status of new arrivals is assessed through the initial health screening. This screening is often the first encounter new arrivals have with the US healthcare system. It provides the opportunity for early identification of communicable diseases and other health conditions that must be addressed to ensure successful resettlement.
For additional information, follow the link to Services and Resources for Health Providers.
To access the Virginia Newcomer Health Program brochure, click here.