Journal of Refugee & Global Health


Objectives: We design and implement the Arriving Refugee Informatics surVeillance and Epidemiology (ARIVE) system to improve the health of refugees undergoing resettlement and enhance existing health surveillance networks.

Materials and Methods: Using the REDCap electronic data capture software as a basis we create a refugee health database incorporating data from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Electronic Disease Notification (EDN) system and domestic screening data from refugee health care providers.

Results: Domestic screening and EDN refugee health data have been integrated for 13,824 refugees resettled from 35 different countries into the state of Kentucky from the years 2013-2016.

Discussion: A flexible software solution like REDCap provides a way to implement the core of a health surveillance network in a way that is sustainable and cost-effective and REDCap’s data dictionary standard provides an easy way to share and improve the database structure of a health surveillance network.


Funding for this project was provided by CDC grant 1U50CK000288 and the Kentucky Office of Refugees.



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