As physicians, we are privileged to provide care to families from diverse populations and countries of origin. The health of children in immigrant families is linked to the sociopolitical context in which they live. The history and continuous changes of immigration policy at federal, state, and local levels have shaped the health of these communities. Such shifts have had various impacts on health and healthcare access for immigrant communities, many times detrimental to their overall health.
Fifty percent of California’s children have at least one immigrant parent. Many counties in our chapter have populations where one-third of the residents are immigrants. Making healthcare facilities a safe space for immigrant families as well as optimizing care is an important goal for the chapter and its members.