Immigrant Health

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.

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Immigrant Health Task Force

As physicians, we are privileged to provide care to families from diverse populations and countries of origin. Unfortunately, our country’s current immigration policies have incited fear as well as established systematic efforts to remove basic healthcare and social support for immigrant children and families that is detrimental to their 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.
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The AAPCA1 Immigrant Health Task Force is a coalition of physicians from community and academic institutions working together in order to create a cohesive effort at promoting immigrant health in Northern and Central California. It is housed within the Advocacy Committee and includes members from all levels of training including residents and fellows that meet on a monthly to bi-monthly basis in order to discuss and implement strategies that benefit and protect the health of immigrant children and their families.
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Chair(s): Raul Gutierrez, MD, FAAP (Interim) & Alexandria Valdrighi, MD, FAAP

 

 

 

 

 

Contact: info@aapca1.org

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Advocacy

AAP Immigrant Child Health Resources

AAP Resources, Policy Statements, Toolkit and Educational Material

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The Border is Everywhere

Proactive Tips for Care of Immigrant Kids

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Protecting Immigrant Families, Advancing Our Future

Campaign committed to lifting up immigrant voices and advocating for humane immigration policies. Take Action by Writing to Legislative Officials. 

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The Butterfly Effect: Migration is Beautiful

Join Bay Area youth activists in creating 76,020 butterflies to stand in solidarity with the 76,020 migrant children detained at the border in 2019.

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Resident Action: How can physicians promote immigrant health?

Take action by following these action points for pediatric health care providers created by Greta Peng, MD & UCSF Residency Immigration Task Force.

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Resources

Immigration as a Social Determinant of Health

Article from Annual Review of Public Health

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Standardized Response to ICE raids at healthcare institutions

View relevant resources, hotlines, and toolkits

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AAP Policy Statements

Read AAP policies on Immigrant Children and Families

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AAP Immigrant Child Health Toolkit

This toolkit was designed to provide a template of practical information for pediatricians to address common matters related to immigrant child health.

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