Refugee Health & Immunization

Refugee Health & Immunization

Our Refugee Health and Immunization program is a classic example of patient/family centered health care. Achieving patient engagement is our primary goal in the University of Louisville Department of Medicine Global Health Initiative.

The immunization of refugees allows for an ideal setting for multidisciplinary and inter-professional education and practice.

Patient/family care is performed by an inter-professional team of healthcare workers. This allows us to bring the important circle of inter-professional education and practice into our refugee health and immunization program.

Kentucky resettled 2,515 arrivals in FY2013 with 2,035 (81%) of those resettling in Louisville. Countries of origin included Burundi, Cameroon, Congo, Cuba, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Haiti, Guinea, Iran, Iraq, Ivory Coast, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Nepal, Pakistan, Palestine, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Somalia, Sudan, Ukraine, and Zimbabwe.

Students and faculty from infectious diseases, pediatrics, internal medicine, nursing, public health, pharmacy, and social services are participating in the program.

GHI Refugee Chart
GHI Refugee Map

This map indicates the migration patterns of refugees that we are currently seeing in our refugee health and immunization program.