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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
CLICK HERE to complete the interest form.
Contact Project Coordinator Alma Leyva at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
We invite immigrant youth to apply to the Dream Summer program and lead immigrant health initiatives for Undocumented Californians.
CLICK HERE to begin your application.
*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.
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.
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.
Alexa shares her participation as an intern researcher and personal experience in accessing health care in California as Undocumented and Uninsured.
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