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.
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.
Chair(s): Raul Gutierrez, MD, FAAP (Interim) & Alexandria Valdrighi, MD, FAAP
The Advocacy Committee works in conjunction with the District AAP to review legislation affecting child health in California. The Chapter committee handles grass roots efforts on statewide legislation based on District policy and positions. The Advocacy Committee will disseminate information via on-line and email in support or opposition of regulations, bills, resolutions and other legislative formats which the District does not have the staff time to consider.
Heyman Oo, MD, FAAP & Raul Gutierrez, MD, FAAP