Afghan Clinical Guidance Workgroup - Minnesota Department of Health

Afghan Clinical Guidance Workgroup
Center of Excellence in Newcomer Health

In August 2021, over 100,000 Afghan nationals were evacuated from Afghanistan to transit locations overseas and to eight military bases in the U.S. Evacuees included people who worked alongside the U.S. in Afghanistan, as well as other vulnerable groups. Most people were evacuated with their families. As part of Operation Allies Welcome (OAW), evacuees have been housed on military bases in temporary, communal living facilities called Safe Havens while awaiting medical and immigration screening and processing for relocation and resettlement in communities.

Brief overview for clinicians caring for Afghan new arrivals

The workgroup has produced a brief overview that highlights the cultural and language considerations, potential health concerns, history and content of prior health screenings, and access to health care when they resettle in their final destination.

Brief Overview for Clinicians Caring for Afghan New Arrivals (PDF)

Health screening and care


Household health and safety

Health profiles

Translated materials

Benefits and eligibility

SIV holders

For general health information on newly arrived SIV holders please see the following publications: 

Updated Monday, 25-Oct-2021 16:36:17 CDT