A refugee is a person who has been driven from his/her country because it is not safe for him/her to stay. Refugees are legally defined as people who are forced to leave their country because of persecution, or a well founded fear of persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion.
Refugee resettlement, in which the United States, Canada, and Australia and other countries participate, assists only 2-3% of displaced persons worldwide.
Refugees resettled in Maricopa County are scheduled for health screening, and the refugee is tested for communicable illness and conditions, including tuberculosis and HIV.
Release forms are available for download (DOC) or by calling 602-506-6018. Release forms are also available at the Medical Records office, located at 1645 E Roosevelt Street in Phoenix. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Completed release forms can be faxed to 602-506-5079.