and uninsured

Healthy California

What is Healthy California?

The Healthy California Project of Dream Summer builds leaders at the intersection of immigrant rights and health care access through a 10-week summer internship for immigrant youth.

Immigrant youth leaders are selected through Dream Summer to participate in Healthy California. They are trained on the issue and hosted by a community or health-based organization to address immigrant wellness and health care access for undocumented Californians.


  • Opening Retreat
    Monday, June 15 to Friday, June 19
    *Held in Los Angeles, CA
  • Internship Placement
    Monday, June 22 to Tuesday, August 18
    *Interns are placed throughout California
  • Closing Retreat
    Wednesday, August 19 to Friday, August 21
    *Held in Los Angeles, CA

How can I get involved?

Join us for Summer 2015 as we continue to support the right to health for immigrant communities, regardless of immigration status. There’s two ways to get involved:


We invite interested community and/or health-based organizations to host a Healthy California intern within Dream Summer.

Healthy California interns are trained on the intersection of immigrant rights and health care access, and are leading the fight for health for all in California.

This is a great way for organizations to directly support the lives of immigrant youth and stay connected to the issue.

CLICK HERE to complete the interest form.

Contact Project Coordinator Alma Leyva at almaleyva5@ucla.edu for more information.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

2013 Health California Interns


We invite immigrant youth to apply to the Dream Summer program and lead immigrant health initiatives by participating in Healthy California.

Interested immigrant youth must apply to the Dream Summer program and indicate that they are interested in the Healthy California Project.

Healthy California interns are placed with leading health and community-based organizations throughout the state and receive a $5,000 leadership award.

This is a great way to build skills as a leader on the issue and support the right to health.


2014 Health California Interns


The Issue

Health knows no borders…

Undocumented people and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival recipients are not eligible for the Affordable Care Act at the national level. 11 million people in the United States are undocumented. In California, an estimated 1.4 million are without care.

This exclusion leads people to delay care or accumulate thousands of dollars in medical debt. Some wait months or years for surgery on county lists, or even die.
The wellness and health of our families depends on access to medical care and support services. With regular medical care and visits to the doctor, we can protect our loved ones from painful, expensive – and easily treatable – medical conditions.

There is a need to care for and protect our vulnerable populations in California ­ a responsibility that requires our courage. Undocumented people are a fundamental part of our country, and our state of California. The undocumented community takes care of California every day, and it is important that California take care of us. Health care is a human right.

A Well Known Scenario 
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No Health Care? No Problem!

This family secret cures it all and has been passed down for generations… (Credits)

UndocuVoices on Health

Immigrant youth share their thoughts and experiences on being Undocumented and Uninsured 




The Research

Undocumented and Uninsured is the first study about and by immigrant youth on health care access. The Healthy California cohort of 2013 led the research that developed into the reports. Researchers surveyed 550 immigrant youth throughout California ­ including undocumented youth and youth recently granted Deferred Action status.

The Findings

Immigrants’ health and well­being is connected to the conditions of their political and social environment. Being undocumented in the United States results in a high potential for systematic and personal trauma; many face incarceration, deportation, loss of wages and personal relationships, career and life barriers, discrimination, and criminalization. These circumstances impact their health and well being; mentally, physically, and emotionally.

71 percent of uninsured immigrant youth have an existing need to access a doctor or specialist about their own health; however, 53 percent stated that they have not
seen a doctor for more than a year.

50 percent of uninsured immigrant youth delayed getting the medical care they needed. Of those, 96 percent reported the main reason was cost or lack of insurance.

74 percent of immigrant youth report they resort to band­aid care for services, such as emergency Medi­Cal, public hospitals, and community or county health clinics.

The Personal Journey

Alexa shares her experience in accessing health care in California and her participation as an intern researcher for the statewide research project on health care access for immigrant youth.

“Health care impacts us all, it is our responsibility to take care of one another” -Alexa


The following information is meant to provide service providers, health advocates and the undocumented and uninsured with information about immigrants and health care in California.


Undocumented and Uninsured is a project of the Dream Resource Center at the UCLA Labor Center.

To set up interviews with immigrant youth/experts contact:
Stefanie Ritoper – (213) 375-4841, sritoper@ucla.edu


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