and uninsured


Undocumented people and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) recipients are not eligible for the Affordable Care Act at the national level. Without healthcare access, many undocumented immigrants:

  • Do not seek care because of fear of deportation
  • Suffer from chronic pain or easily treatable diseases
  • Remain unaware of existing health conditions
  • Rely on band-aid care for all health needs
  • Accumulate thousands of dollars in medical debt
  • Delay care, which may lead to death
    As undocumented Californians, we promote #Health4All regardless of immigration status. Use this website to find local health resources, internship opportunities to get involved, and access healthcare research on undocumented immigrants.


    Health knows no borders…

    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.

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



    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.

    Coming Soon!


    Healthy California

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

    Immigrant youth leaders are selected through Dream Summer application process to participate in Healthy California. They are trained on the issue and are hosted by a community or health-based organization in their region. During the summer, interns engage in projects that 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 community and health-based organizations to host Healthy California interns within Dream Summer.

    Why Host:

  • Directly engage #Health4All efforts
  • Connect with organizations across the state working on the issue
  • Directly support the lives and personal growth of immigrant youth
  • Work with immigrant youth leaders at the forefront of the issue
    CLICK HERE to complete the interest form.

    Sunday, February 1, 2015

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


    We invite immigrant youth to apply to the Dream Summer program and lead immigrant health initiatives for Undocumented Californians.

    Why Apply:

  • Build skills as a leader in social justice
  • Support the right to health for Undocumented Californians
  • Work with leading health or community-based organizations in CA
  • Receive a $5,000 leadership award
    CLICK HERE to begin your application.

    Sunday, March 1, 2015

    *Must indicate interested in health projects on application.

    2014 Health California Interns


    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 Deferred Action recipients.

    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.
  • Report

    Undocumented and Uninsured: A Five-Part Report on Immigrant Youth and the Struggle to Access Health Care in California


    CLICK on the picture and get a glimpse of what it is really like to be Undocumented and Uninsured.

    A Well Known Scenario 
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    The Personal Journey

    Alexa shares her participation as an intern researcher and personal experience in accessing health care in California as Undocumented and Uninsured.

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


    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:
    Seth Ronquillo – (818) 792-3688, shronquillo@ucla.edu


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