Health Affairs Free Virtual Event: Immigrant Health: Evidence & Policy Issues

  • Tuesday, July 20, 2021
  • 1:30-3:00 pm (EDT)

Debbie Boylan
Phone: 301-347-3910

The July 2021 thematic issue of Health Affairs takes an intensive look at the policy issues related to immigrants, borders, and health. Articles describe current migration trends and supply new data analysis and commentary on how policies can address disparities and ease the disproportionate health burden borne by immigrants.

Please join us on Tuesday, July 20, when Health Affairs takes a closer look at the effects of recent US immigration policy on care, coverage, and outcomes for immigrants in the United States. Topics will include: how, in mixed status families, noncitizen children face tougher health effects than their citizen siblings; how immigration enforcement reduces use of health services like Medicaid and SNAP; and how states and others are crafting policy to restore that critical safety net.

Featuring (in alphabetical order):

Dolores Acevedo-Garcia, PhD
Samuel F. and Rose B. Gingold Professor of Human Development and Social Policy; Director, Institute for Child, Youth and Family Policy, Brandeis University, on "Restoring An Inclusionary Safety Net For Children In Immigrant Families: A Review Of Three Critical Social Policies"

Arturo Vargas Bustamante, PhD
Professor of Health Policy and Management, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, on "Health Policy Challenges Posed By Shifting Demographics And Health Trends Among Immigrants To the United States"

Sandra Hernández, MD
President and CEO, California Health Care Foundation

Leighton Ku, PhD, MPH
Professor and Director, Center for Health Policy Research, George Washington University School of Public Health, on "Noncitizen Children Face Higher Health Harms Compared With Their Siblings Who Have US Citizen Status"

Brandy Lipton, PhD
Assistant Professor, Division of Health Management and Policy, San Diego State University, on “California's Health4All Kids Expansion And Health Insurance Coverage Among Low-income Noncitizen Children”

Sharon Touw, MPH
Senior Project Manager and Epidemiologist, Institute for Community Health, on “Many Immigrant Essential Workers Are Likely To Have Forgone Medicaid And SNAP Because Of Public Charge Rule Changes”

Others TBA

Health Affairs is grateful to Arturo Vargas Bustamante of the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, who served as theme issue adviser. We thank the California Health Care Foundation, The California Endowment, and Con Alma Health Foundation for their financial support of this issue.


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