The BMC Immigrant & Refugee Health Center connects all of Boston Medical Center’s existing programs and expertise in immigrant and refugee health care into one central point of entry where any immigrant patient can be connected with all of BMC’s medical, mental health and social services that they need in order to heal, rebuild and thrive. 

We all know the challenge of navigating a complex health care system. By aligning BMC’s immigrant and refugee programs under one medical home model, we can ensure that all of our patients are connected with BMC’s full menu of comprehensive care, can access these services in an efficient way, and are supported by knowledgeable, caring staff in navigating our healthcare system.

The BMC Immigrant & Refugee Health Center is a place where patients know they can come to have their needs met—all of which we consider to be fundamental— in the most efficient way possible, especially when they first arrive and are learning our health care system. And we want them to feel safe every step of the way.

- Sarah Kimball, MD. Co-Director of the BMC Immigrant Health Center

Resource Map Finder

A online, visual guide to different resources available to immigrants and refugees in the Boston metropolitan area including language classes, health clinics, employment training, and legal services. Click Map Icon icon to expand map legend.

This map was created by Dr. David Scales, Dr. Robert Marlin and medical students Travis Forney, Lucinda Lai, and Muna Sheikh.

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Clínicas Especializadas

Refugee Women's Health Clinic

Our mission is to provide comprehensive and culturally sensitive women's health services to refugee, asylum seeking, and recent immigrant communities in the Greater Boston area.

Boston Center for Refugee Health and Human Rights

The Boston Center for Refugee Health and Human Rights (BCRHHR) is a key program of the BMC Immigrant & Refugee Health Center (IRHC), a cross-departmental Center at BMC that provides one central place through which BMC's immigrant and refugee patients can get connected with the physical, mental and social services they need to heal and thrive.

Tratamientos y Servicios

The BMC Immigrant & Refugee Health Center (IRHC) works with providers across BMC to connect our patients with primary care, mental health care, medical specialty care, and social services, all tailored to the needs of immigrant and refugee patients. While we can help our patients connect with any services available across BMC, the following departments and programs are affiliated with our Center:

If you are interested in becoming a patient of the BMC Immigrant & Refugee Health Center, please visit our Referrals page. 

Case Management

Because we recognize that navigating the healthcare system can be challenging, we use a patient-centered approach to help orient our patients to the healthcare system and access care. We also know that accessing resources such as food and housing is important to our patients’ health. At the BMC Immigrant & Refugee Health Center, our team of Case Managers and Patient Navigators will partner with you to connect you with all of the health and social services that you need to stay healthy.  

Primary Care

The Immigrant & Refugee Health Program (IRHP) in the department of General Internal Medicine provides comprehensive primary care services to immigrant and refugee health patients through the practice at the Shapiro Center at Boston Medical Center. Our team of clinicians takes care of general healthcare needs through regular check-ups, immunizations and screenings, as well as providing care for illnesses and injuries. The IRHP is also able to coordinate patient care if a patient needs to see a specialist for a more serious health issue. The practice provides on-site interpreters and over the phone interpreters for more than 250 languages. We also offer access to psychiatric and case management support to provide care for the wide range of needs of our patients.

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Refugee Health Assessment Program

Up to 75,000 refugees arrive each year in the United States, and about 5% of them have settled in Massachusetts in recent years. All refugees are entitled to a health assessment within three months of arrival in the U.S.

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Mental Health

Through an innovative model of outpatient care, Boston Center for Refugee Health and Human Rights (BCRHHR) provides comprehensive mental health services – including counseling and medication management – designed to meet the special needs of refugees and survivors of torture, asylum seekers and immigrants.

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Obstetrics & Gynecology

The Refugee Women’s Health Clinic (RWHC) is a program of the BMC Immigrant Health Center. The RWHC provides comprehensive and culturally sensitive women's health services to refugee, asylum seeking, and recent immigrant communities in the Greater Boston area.

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Social Services

Boston Medical Center has long been a leader in recognizing that for our patients to be truly healthy, we cannot focus solely on their physical and mental wellbeing alone. We know that holistic health also requires us to address our patients’ access to social support, such as food and housing insecurity, legal needs or employment.

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Nuestro Equipo

Sarah Kimball, MD
(Co)Director, BMC Immigrant & Refugee Health Center

Claire Oppenheim, MPH
Director of Operations, BMC Immigrant & Refugee Health Center

Lily Sonis, LCSW, MPH
Lead Medical Case Manager, Immigrant & Refugee Health Center 

Jake Savage, MSW
Mobile Case Manager, BMC Immigrant & Refugee Health Center

Houda Chergui, MPH
Senior Research Assistant, BMC Immigrant & Refugee Health Center

Jessica Brandao
Patient Care Coordinator, BMC Immigrant & Refugee Health Center

Hailyn Yoon
Front Desk Coordinator, BMC Immigrant & Refugee Health Center

Maedeh Marzoughi Ardekani
Citizenship and Immigration Rights Navigator (CAIRN), BMC Immigrant & Refugee Health Center 

Sondra Crosby, MD
Director, Immigrant & Refugee Health Program
Director, FMEG
Department of General Internal Medicine

Nicolette Oleng, MD
Director of Resident Education, Immigrant & Refugee Health Program 
Department of General Internal Medicine

Aissatou Gueye, NP
Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Immigrant & Refugee Health Program 
Department of General Internal Medicine

Lucy Schulson, MD, MPH
Primary Care Physician, Immigrant & Refugee Health Program
Department of General Internal Medicine

Lin Piwowarczyk, MD
Director, Boston Center for Refugee Health & Human Rights (BCRHHR)
Senior Advisor, BMC Immigrant & Refugee Health Center (IRHC)
Department of Psychiatry

Dana Rous, LICSW
Associate Dir. of Client Services, Boston Center for Refugee Health & Human Rights (BCRHHR)
Department of Psychiatry

Elissa Bargas, LICSW
Clinical Social Worker, Boston Center for Refugee Health & Human Rights (BCRHHR)
Department of Psychiatry

Matt Sablan, LCSW
Clinical Social Worker, Boston Center for Refugee Health & Human Rights (BCRHHR)
Department of Psychiatry

Sandra Mattar, PhD
Therapist, Boston Center for Refugee Health & Human Rights (BCRHHR)
Department of Psychiatry

Joelle Taknint, PhD
Clinical Psychology Postdoctoral Fellow, Boston Center for Refugee Health & Human Rights (BCRHHR), Department of Psychiatry

Linda Zimmerman, MS, CCSP
Career Development Counselor, Boston Center for Refugee Health & Human Rights (BCRHHR), Department of Psychiatry

Robbie Adams
Program Administrator, Boston Center for Refugee Health & Human Rights (BCRHHR), Department of Psychiatry

Wan-Ju Wu, MD, MPH
Co-Director, Women’s Refugee Health Program (WRHP)
Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Boston University School of Medicine

Anissa Dickerson, CNM, MSN, MPH
Co-Director, Women’s Refugee Health Program (WRHP)
Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Boston University School of Medicine
Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology

Tejumola Adegoke, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Boston University School of Medicine
Physician, Women’s Refugee Health Program (WRHP)
Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology

Ingrid St. Hill
Care Coordinator, Women’s Refugee Health Program (WRHP)
Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology

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Resources for Immigrants and Refugees

Please see the following IRHC Resource Guide, which provides information about a range of resources available to immigrant, refugee and asylum-seeking patients in the greater Boston area, including resources related to phone/internet, housing, food, child education, and more.

Immigrant and Refugee Health Center About Us

Our Mission is to Provide Comprehensive and Culturally Appropriate, Integrated Primary Care Services to Immigrant and Refugee Populations, Including Those Seeking Asylum, and to Promote dignity, Social justice, and Human Rights

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