Bluegrass Community Health Care clinics are expected to provide fewer health screenings for refugees in the weeks ahead, according a presentation for the Eastern Kentucky University Board of Regents.
Two community health care clinics are located in Lexington. Health Care Center Program Director Steve Wrightson says refugees are screened once they arrive in Lexington. He said President Donald Trump’s temporary immigration ban for seven Muslim majority countries is expected to affect local screenings. Wrightson said the clinic staff typically sees primarily refugees from Africa.
“And some from Middle Eastern countries, Iran and Iraq and we’re beginning to see refugees from Syria. I suspect the ones traveling from the Middle East are going to be slowed down by this process.”
Services are also offered at Lexington’s homeless day shelter. Wrightson says some of the biggest medical issues for homeless persons involve oral health problems.