Infectious Disease



Each year in the United States, thousands of refugees are resettled without access to proven preventive health measures, leading to health disparities. ASTHO's Refugee Health Program supports state and territorial health officials, enhances state and territorial infectious disease program capacity, and works closely with state refugee health coordinators through the Association of Refugee Health Coordinators (ARHC) and other external partners to better address the needs of high-risk populations - including immigrants, migrants, and refugees. The goal of ASTHO's Refugee Health Program is to reduce and ultimately eliminate disparities in infection rates, leading to improved health protection for all people in the United States.

Enhancing Partnerships in Refugee Health Conference

In May, ASTHO and ARHC hosted the Enhancing Partnerships in Refugee Health Conference. This national conference brought together state refugee health coordinators and key national, state, and local stakeholders engaged in refugee health. The conference highlighted promising practices, built the national infrastructure that supports refugee health, and strengthened relationships with and between ARHC and ASTHO partners.

The day and a half conference was preceded by the ARHC Business Meeting, as well as a preconference entitled "A Refugee's Journey: Overseas to the U.S."


ARHC Business Meeting Agenda

Pre-conference Agenda

Enhancing Partnerships in Refugee Health Conference Agenda

Conference Evaluation

Summary of Conference Evaluation Results

Other Resources

CDC: Immigrant and Refugee Health

Refugee Health Information Network

Refugee Health Technical Assistance Center

State Refugee Health Coordinators List


Ann O'Fallon, Executive Secretary, Enhancing Partnerships in Refugee Health, ARHC/ASTHO
Catherine Cairns, MPH, Director, Infectious Disease, ASTHO
Heather Misner, MPP, Senior Analyst, Infectious Disease, ASTHO