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International Journal of Population Research
Volume 2012, Article ID 394725, 6 pages
Review Article

The Patient-Centered Medical Home for Refugee Children in Rhode Island

Department of Pediatrics, Refugee Health Clinic, Hasbro Children's Hospital and Brown University, Providence, RI 02903, USA

Received 15 June 2011; Revised 8 November 2011; Accepted 24 November 2011

Academic Editor: Cherylynn Bassani

Copyright © 2012 Tecla Mtui Temu et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Purpose. To describe a “medical home” for pediatric refugees and its ability to provide culturally competent care, to partner with and train medical interpreters, and to improve health screening and follow-up adherence rates of pediatric refugees immigrating to Rhode Island. Methods. A retrospective chart review of refugees was performed. Background information, initial laboratory data, whether patients completed the recommended follow-ups scheduled at 1, 3, 6, and 12 months, and completion of tuberculosis treatment were recorded. Results. Since its initiation, 104 refugee children have attended the clinic ranging in age from 5 months to 18 years. Since the initiation of the medical home for refugee children in 2007, initial screening rates have gone up to 99-100% compared to a low of 41% in 2003–2006 prior to the establishment of the medical home. There was a 43% reduction in missed appointments in 15-month follow-up. Conclusion. The refugee “medical home” allows refugees to benefit from a comprehensive system for disease detection and ongoing primary health care.