186.  Immigrant Children and Families:  Health Policy and Advocacy

Immigrant Children and Families:  Health Policy and Advocacy

Think health inequity doesn’t affect you? Think again! This week’s Pediatric Meltdown podcast tackles a topic that’s more relevant than ever in today’s diverse society. Host Dr. Lia Gaggino is joined by Dr. Julie Linton, a champion of health equity and a leading voice on child immigrant welfare. together, they will unravel the complex web of health care challenges for children of immigrant families.

It’s clear that Dr. Linton’s compassion and education are key in addressing the challenges faced by children in immigrant families. Her expertise underscores the importance of understanding the various aspects of immigration, from DACA to Temporary Protected Status, and how these legal designations impact access to healthcare. Tackling everything from the intricacies of asylum to the vital role of Federally Qualified Health Centers, we’re reminded that every child deserves the opportunity to thrive, regardless of their background. 

Above all, the episode drives home the need for building workflows that support our diverse pediatric population with empathy and respect. Are you ready to become an advocate for change? 

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[06:25 -13:54] Systems and Advocacy for Young Newcomers

  • Highlights the wide-ranging complexities of immigration across the U.S., not just southern border issues.
  • Underlines the importance of robust data for grasping immigrant children demographics and needs.
  • Recommends utilizing the Casey Foundation’s Kids Count data center for local immigrant family insights.
  • Accentuates the imperative of compassionate healthcare and the duty of providers to aid and champion immigrant families.

 

[13:55 -23:29]  Food Assistance and Support Programs  

  • Emphasizing the need to address basic necessities such as food for well-being.
  • Considering the direct link between health and access to adequate nutrition.
  • State-specific resources and support systems designed to assist in food provision.
  • Acknowledging the unequal availability of resources and the value of local insights for securing food aid.

 

[23:30 – 29:40]   Legal Challenges in Mixed-Status Families

  • Eligibility for food aid programs can vary widely based on a family’s immigration status.
  • The array of immigrant statuses affects the types of assistance open to children and families.
  • In areas with different funding, medical-legal partnerships are pivotal in providing necessary legal aid at no cost.
  • Legal aid limitations signify systemic hurdles impacting children’s health rights.

 

[29:41 – 45:25] Healthcare Access for Immigrant Children

  • Highlights the barriers immigrant families face in accessing healthcare and insurance coverage.
  • Emphasizes the critical need for compassionate care specifically catered to the needs of immigrant families.
  • Outlines resources available to assist uninsured and mixed-status families in obtaining healthcare services.
  • Addresses the vital role of healthcare practitioners in advocating for policies that support the health of immigrant children.

 

[45:26 – 53:58]  Closing segment Takeaway

 

Links to resources mentioned on the show

AAP Policy Statement, Providing Care for Children in Immigrant Families:  https://publications.aap.org/pediatrics/article/144/3/e20192077/38449/Providing-Care-for-Children-in-Immigrant-Families

 

Annie E. Casey Foundation Kids Count:  https://datacenter.aecf.org 

Temporary Protected Status Countries:  https://www.uscis.gov/humanitarian/temporary-protected-status

NILC Health Care Coverage Mapshttps://www.nilc.org/issues/health-care/healthcoveragemaps/

CareRef: Guides clinicians through conducting a routine post-arrival medical screening of newly arrived refugees to the U.S., https://careref.web.health.state.mn.us/Tool  

Policies of Exclusion: Implications for the Health of Immigrants and Their Children: https://www.annualreviews.org/doi/abs/10.1146/annurev-publhealth-040218-044115

Migration Policy: https://www.migrationpolicy.org/article/frequently-requested-statistics-immigrants-and-immigration-united-states#:~:text=Approximately%2018%20million%20U.S.%20children,and%2013%20percent%20in%201990.

 

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Key quotes for Twitter:

It should be a violation of patient protection. And so there were some cases during the previous administration around concerns about hospitals calling immigrations and customs enforcement about families….Dr. Julie Linton on Patient Privacy and Immigration Enforcement:

“in an emergency setting, hospitals are required to abide by the EMTEL laws, which mean that they have to at least medically stabilize somebody with any type of emergent condition.”… Dr. Julie Linton on access to emergency care.

 

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