Immigrant and Refugee Primary Care
The Immigrant & Refugee Health Program provides comprehensive primary care services to immigrant and refugee health patients through our 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. Also, we will coordinate patient care if a patient needs to see a specialist for a more serious health issue. Our practice provides on-site interpreters and over the phone interpreters for more than 30 languages. We also offer access to psychiatric and case management support to provide support and care for the wide range of needs of our patients.
People who are new to Boston Medical Center should call at 617.414.5612 to schedule a first appointment.
Immigrant and Refugee Consult Service
Boston Medical Center’s patient population has a high number of immigrant and refugee patients from a variety of countries. Many of these patients have complex medical, psychological and legal needs. Our team is available on a consultative basis to assist in the care of these vulnerable patients.
Consultation Expertise includes:
- Medical or psychological affidavits in support of asylum applications
- Infectious disease screening in immigrant and newly arrived patients
- Patients with complex refugee or war trauma
We will see patients who are established at Boston Medical Center on a consultation basis or for ongoing primary care, based on physician request.
To schedule a consult, please contact Lily Sonis at 617.414.5612.
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.
The goals of the refugee health assessment are:
- General health assessment, including vision, hearing, and dental screening
- Identification and treatment of immediate health needs
- Diagnosis and treatment of communicable diseases
- Orientation to the health system in the United States
- Transition to a primary care provider
Once this initial assessment has been done, we are happy to continue to follow patients in our primary care practice or to refer them to centers closer to their homes.
The Refugee Health Assessment Program sees patients that are referred from specific resettlement agencies; thus we do not make appointments for these patients outside this system. New immigrants to the U.S. should have their appointments made with primary care professionals with whom they plan to establish long-term care.
For referrals to RHAP, please fax referral to Leland Chan at 617.414.7230.
Forensic Medical Evaluation Group
Also, embedded in IRHP is the unique Forensic Medical Evaluation Group (FMEG), which offers evaluation and documentation of physical and psychological trauma and abuse for asylum seekers and others who are in need of documentation of prior ill treatment. FMEG provides a supportive and collaborative environment, while working closely with attorneys, providing guidance and teaching to students from a variety of academic backgrounds, medical residents, attorneys and judges. The members of this group have written over 500 affidavits and have served as expert witnesses in Immigration Courts, US Federal Court, US Military Commissions Court and international courts.
For more information, please email [email protected].
Citizenship and Immigration Rights Navigator
The Citizenship and Immigration Rights Navigator (CAIRN) works in the Immigrant and Refugee Health Program and helps patients hospital-wide with immigration legal services navigation. CAIRN helps connect these patients with legal resources in the community such as immigration clinics and immigration organizations. Some examples of immigration issues that CAIRN can assist with are asylum, green cards, visa extensions, TPS, family reunification, and Citizenship.
To refer a patient to CAIRN, please email [email protected] or call 617.414.9366.