Centers of Excellence in Refugee Health
In 2015, CDC established the Centers of Excellence in Refugee Health to enhance refugee health guidance and surveillance infrastructure. The goals of the Centers are to improve continuity and quality of care, and health outcomes for refugees arriving to the United States, and to protect the health of the communities that receive refugees.
The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), and the Colorado Departments of Public Health and Environment and Human Services lead the two Centers of Excellence in Refugee Health. The Centers have extensive expertise in refugee health, allowing them to identify refugee health issues and needs, improve disease surveillance across states, and contribute to evidence-based polices and guidelines. The Centers also work with a diverse group of partners that contribute a range of perspectives, strengths, and knowledge to ensure the success of this initiative.