Immigrant Health

Immigrants, particularly those that have recently migrated to the united states, face unique barriers to care, often including limited English proficiency, poor social support, lack of understanding about our culture and health care system, and ineligibility for health insurance and social safety net programs. Without legal protections, undocumented immigrants are vulnerable to abuse by employers, landlords, and others that want to take advantage of them.  In recent years, fear of deportation and marginalization of immigrants have reached unprecedented proportions, significantly increasing stress, which has a toxic impact on physical and mental well-being, especially for the healthy development of children. Immigrants are less likely to use healthcare services than their American counterparts. Strategies such as outreach, use of lay health workers, partnering with trusted organizations, ensuring services available in their language and cultural competence training for staff are a few strategies that have proven to be successful in increasing access to care for this population.

 Public Charge Rule Resources

Immigrant Eligibility for Public Programs During COVID-19 Protecting Immigrant Families, April 2020
Key Provisions of Public Charge Policy Changes Compared National Immigration Law Center (NILC), July 2019
Let’s Talk About Public Charge: Core Community Messages Protecting Immigrant Families, August 2019

 Immigrant Health Resources

Sample Health Center Immigration Policies and Procedures California Primary Care Association, January 2019
Bilingual Patient Education Materials From the National Center for Farmworker Health
A Child's Ear Surgery, A Family's Migration: Health Network in Action | Migrant Clinicians Network, February 2019
Social Distance and Mobility  NEJM Case Studies in Social Medicine, March 2019
An Immigration Patchwork in the States: How Partisanship, Regionalism, and Shifting Priorities Impact State Immigration Laws Bipartisan Policy Center, November 2018
Implications of Social and Legal Status on Immigrants' Health in Disaster Zones
 American Journal of Public Health, November 2018
Family Consequences of Detention/Deportation: Effects on Finances, Health, and Well-Being Keiser Family Foundation September 18, 2018
Guide on what to do if you witness or are the target of an immigration raid
 (English and Spanish) Farmworker Justice  
Practice Advisory: Immigration Law and Considerations for Serving Health Center Patients Farmworker Justice, May 2017 
Immigrant Health National Immigration Law Center 
NILC Webinars and Conference Calls National Immigration Law Center

Access to Health Care, Food, and Other Public Programs for Immigrant Families under the Trump Administration: Things to Keep in Mind When Talking with Immigrant Families National Immigration Law Center April 2018 
Immigration Enforcement And Health Centers: Knowing Your Rights As A ProviderNational Healthcare for the Homeless Council, May 2017
Opportunities for Maximizing Revenue and Access to Care for Immigrant Populations Partnership for Public Health Law
Immigrants in Florida American Immigrant Council
Immigrant Resources California Health Advocates
Health Coverage for Immigrants Kaiser Family Foundation
Immigration, Healthcare, and Health Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Healthcare for Immigrant Families Migration Policy Institute
Immigrant Health National Immigration Law Center
The Toxic Health Effects of the Deportation Threat The Atlantic, January 27, 2017

Immigrant Organizations

Florida Immigrant Coalition

Visit our Vulnerable Populations News page 

For more information, contact Erin Sologaistoa at [email protected]