The mission of the Association of Refugee Health Coordinators (ARHC) is to strengthen state and local refugee health leadership, expertise, and advocacy in order to achieve wellness in domestic refugee populations.
ARHC’s goals are to:
- Promote education and awareness of refugee health issues through communication, discussion, collaboration, and dissemination of information among refugee health coordinators, public and private health care providers and resettlement colleagues.
- Collaborate with refugee resettlement partners in planning specific to the health needs of anticipated refugee arrivals.
- Improve the health status and access to health services among the nation’s diverse refugee populations emphasizing culturally competent and linguistically appropriate services.
- Support high quality health care services for refugees through consultation and by advocating for effective responses to changes in health care financing and delivery.
- Identify gaps in refugee health service systems and collaborate with the necessary parties to address these needs.
- Work collaboratively on health issues with the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Global Migration and Quarantine (CDC/DGMQ), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Department of State (DOS), State Coordinators of Refugee Resettlement (SCORR), Refugee Council USA (RCUSA), International Organization for Migration (IOM), and other appropriate partners.
- Promote relevant data collection and analysis to assess and improve health outcomes for refugee populations and to aid in program evaluation and improvement.
- Represent states and localities on all issues pertaining to refugee health in general, and public health specifically.