Refugee health: when you first arrive in the United States, you may be very confused by our healthcare system. Healthcare in the United States is very different than in other countries.

This page has information and resources to help you understand the health care system, how to access health care services and keep you and your family healthy.

Understanding how healthcare works in the United States

Health Insurance for Refugees in the United States

Information about health insurance options for refugees

Prescriptions and Over-the-Counter Medications

Information about how to take prescriptions, getting prescriptions filled, and over-the counter medicines.

Doctors, other providers and medical facilities

An explanation of the different types of health professionals and the medical facilities you will find in the United States.

Now that you have access to healthcare

Learn how to utilize your healthcare insurance, choose a provider, schedule and cancel medical appointments, talk to your doctor and access language interpretation services

Living a healthy life in the US

Eating Healthy and Nutrition

Information about eating healthy on a budget.

Adjusting to life in the United States - Social support and integration

Tips to adjust to your new life in the U.S.A. and to integrate and participate in your new community

Physical activity - exercise

Tips for exercising on a budget

Mental Health

Living a healthy life also means managing your feelings and emotions. It also means finding support if you feel sad or angry.

Healthy sleeping habits

Learn healthy sleeping habits for you and your family

Maintain your health and prevent the spread of diseases

Practice healthy habits and learn simple things you can do to prevent the spread of diseases

Quitting Smoking

Information about health effects of cigarette smoking and resources for quitting smoking

Did you know? You can ask questions and get advice from other refugees and immigrants on the RCO's forums
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Find help near you

Search for programs and resources in your city.

Start your search

Living well

Women's reproductive health - life stages

Here you will find information about health conditions that are unique to women.

Men's health - Learning to stay healthy

Learn more about men's health issues and how to keep yourself healthy

Taking care of your young children and teens health

Learn more about health issues of young children and teens and access resources to take care of them.

Sexual health and healthy relationships

Find information and resources about sexual health and sustaining heatlhy relationships

Healthy aging - seniors' health

Here you'll find resources for healthy aging and seniors' health

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender

Find information and resources for LGBT community members

Other refugee health resources

The Refugee Health Information Network (RHIN)

RHIN has an extensive collection of materials on refugee health, translated into many languages. If you are looking for information on a specific health issue or need help communicating with a healthcare provider, this is one of the best websites you can use.

Healthcare Translations

A website with health information translated into multiple languages.

Healthcare Resources

A list of resources to help you understand the U.S. healthcare system.