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Since 1965 the foreign-born population of the United States has swelled from 9.6 million or 5 percent of the population to 45 million or 14 percent in 2015. Today, about one-quarter of the U.S. population consists of immigrants or the children of immigrants. Given the sizable representation of immigrants in the U.S. population, their health is a major influence on the health of the population as a whole. On average, immigrants are healthier than native-born Americans. Yet, immigrants also are subject to the systematic marginalization and discrimination that often lead to the creation of health disparities. To explore the link between immigration and health disparities, the Roundtable on the Promotion of Health Equity held a workshop in Oakland, California, on November 28, 2017. This summary of that workshop highlights the presentations and discussions of the workshop.

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ISBN-13: 9780309482172
Publisher: National Academies Press
Publication date: 01/28/2019
Pages: 76
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1

Major Topics of the Publication 2

2 The Past and Present of U.S. Immigration Policy 5

Advent and Decline of the Quota System 6

1965 Immigration and Nationality Act 7

Immigration Reform and Control Act and Subsequent Legislation 8

Immigration Today 10

Health and Well-Being of Immigrants 12

Continuing Integration of Immigrants into U.S. Society 14

Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders 14

State-Level Policies 16

Data Security and the Need for Disaggregated Data 17

3 Immigration and the Social Determinants of Health 19

Linking Immigration with the Social Determinants of Health 20

A State Survey of Health 22

Community-Based Responses 25

Data and Potential Policy Change 27

4 The Voices of Immigrants 29

Serving a Diverse Asian American Community 30

The Plight of Veterans 32

Photographs of Immigrants' Lives 34

From Medical School to Community 36

5 Reflections on the Workshop 39

Grappling with the Complexities of Immigration 39

Unmet Needs 40

Caring for Those in the Shadows of Life 43

References 45


A Workshop Agenda 47

B Speaker Biographical Sketches 51

C World Café Organizations 59

D Statement of Task 63

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