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Appendix C: Migrant Health Resources

William M. Stauffer

Historically, the Yellow Book has addressed travel health issues for US residents visiting countries outside the United States. In this increasingly mobile world, the discipline of travel medicine is evolving to recognize nontraditional groups who cross international boundaries into and out of the United States. One such group includes people who originate in other countries and migrate to the United States, either temporarily or permanently. Recognized migrants to the United States include immigrants (documented and undocumented), refugees, asylum seekers, and international adoptees. In addition, students and corporate workers are frequent visitors to the United States. Many clinics serving the traditional travel population also function as contact points with the US medical system for these populations, particularly for immigrants and refugees. This section provides resources to assist clinicians and organizations that serve these populations to access up-to-date patient care guidelines, online education materials, and print resources.


Organizational Guidelines

  • Centers for Disease Control and Preven­tion: predeparture and postarrival pre­sumptive treatment and medical screening guidelines for refugees relocating to the United States, available at
  • American Academy of Pediatrics: guidance on medical screening and vaccination issues in adoptees, refugees, and immigrants, available in the online Red Book at http://aapredbook.aappublic­
  • Canadian Collaboration for Immigrant and Refugee Health: clinical preventive guidelines for primary care for newly arriving immigrants and refugees, available at


  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Refugee Health Technical Assistance Center: multiple refugee resources and online education, at
  • Minnesota Department of Health: multiple resources for clinicians in refugee health at, as well as refugee topics, at  
  • Healthy Roads Media: health education materials, including video, in a variety of languages, at http://healthyroads
  • EthnoMed: information about cultural beliefs, medical issues, and other related issues pertinent to the health care of recent immigrants, at
  • Health Information Translations: common hospital signs with multiple translations, at
  • database of patient information resources in a variety of languages and organizations providing services in languages other than English, at
  • Refugee Health Information Network: multilingual information for clinicians, refugees, and asylum seekers in print, audio, and video formats, at
  • US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants: toolkits on multiple health issues for clinicians, migrants, and communities in multiple languages, at
  • US Citizenship and Immigration Services: information regarding adjustment of status, at
  • United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Health Information System (HIS): information about health issues in specific refugee camps or populations where refugees are originating, at

Reference Books

Textbooks with a Focus on Migrant Health
  • Immigrant Medicine. Walker PF, Barnett ED, editors. Philadelphia: Saunders Elsevier; 2007.
  • Migration Medicine and Health: Principles and Practice. Gushulak BD, MacPherson D, editors. Hamilton, ON: BC Decker; 2006.
  • Travel Medicine and Migrant Health. Lockie C, Walker E, Calvert L, Cossar J, Knill-Jones R, Raeside F, editors. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone; 2000.
  • Refugee and Immigrant Health. A Hand­book for Health Professionals. Kemp C, Rasbridge LA, editors. New York: Cambridge University Press; 2004.
Textbooks with a Focus on Tropical Diseases
  • Atlas of Tropical Medicine and Parasitology. 6th ed. Peters W, Pasvol G, editors. Edinburgh: Mosby; 2007.
  • Mandell, Douglas, and Bennett’s Princ­iples & Practice of Infectious Diseases. 7th ed. Mandell GL, Bennett JE, Dolin R, editors. Philadelphia: Churchill Living­stone; 2010.
  • Hunter’s Tropical Medicine and Emerging Infectious Diseases. 9th ed. Magill AJ, Ryan ET, Hill D, Solomon T, editors. Philadelphia: Saunders Elsevier; 2012.
  • Manson’s Tropical Diseases. 22nd ed. Cook GC, Zumla AI, editors. Edinburgh, UK: Saunders Ltd; 2008.
  • Tropical Infectious Diseases: Principles, Pathogens and Practice. 3rd ed. Guerrant RL, Walker DH, Weller PF, editors. Philadelphia: Churchill Livingstone; 2011.


Reading Lists

Educational Opportunities

Organization Websites with Migrant Information

Other Resources