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American Public Health Association
133rd Annual Meeting & Exposition
December 10-14, 2005
Philadelphia, PA
APHA 2005
Session: Improving Access to Health Services for Immigrants and Migrants
5055.0: Wednesday, December 14, 2005: 8:30 AM-10:00 AM
Improving Access to Health Services for Immigrants and Migrants
Immigrant and migrant populations face unique challenges in achieving positive health outcomes, from barriers to care, to instability, to living and working conditions. The presentations in this session describe the patterns and health consequences of human migration and opportunities for interventions and policy-making. Specifically, the presentations will discuss: (1) the patterns of male Mexican migrants related to alcohol and substance abuse, and sexual behavior, as justification for the need for health promotion interventions tailored to this population; (2) the mental health status of Thai immigrant women working in the US, informed by levels of job and home-related stress, and potential modifying factors; (3) health status and healthcare challenges among stateless persons, based on a multi-country assessment; (4) health-seeking behavior of foreign-born US residents visiting their country of origin, and the scope for improvement to reduce travel-related illness among this population and (5) the barriers to healthcare among documented and undocumented Mexican immigrants.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the session, the participant will be able to (1) describe patterns of migration and the consequences on health status and access to health care and (2) identify priorities for interventions in health promotion and healthcare access for migratory populations.
Moderator(s):Sarah Sisco, MPH, MSSW
8:30 AMIntroductory Remarks
8:35 AMImportant effects of workload and social support to mental health among Thai immigrant working women in the US
Weeraporn Suthakorn, PhD, Jackie Agnew, PhD, Sheila T. Fitzgerald, PhD
8:50 AMStatelessness and health  [ Recorded presentation ]
Maureen Lynch, PhD
9:05 AMReducing travel-related illness among foreign-born U.S. residents visiting their country of origin
Jeannette Burgos, BS, CHES, Yasamin M. Brown, MPH, Pauline Thomas, MD, Zofia Leszczyniecka, MS, REHS, Claire C. Baruxis, MS, REHS, Paula Valenzuela, BA, Peter N. Wenger, MD, Douglas Saphier, MPH, Nimi Kadar, BA
9:20 AMSociodemographic and health disparities between documented and undocumented Mexican immigrants
Ximena Urrutia-Rojas, RN, DrPH, Guadalupe Munguia-Bayona, MD, MPH, Elizabeth Trevino, MPH
9:35 AMConcluding Remarks
See individual abstracts for presenting author's disclosure statement and author's information.
Organized by:International Health
Endorsed by:Alternative and Complementary Health Practices; Caucus on Refugee and Immigrant Health; Community Health Planning and Policy Development; Maternal and Child Health; Public Health Nursing; Socialist Caucus
CE Credits:CME, Health Education (CHES), Nursing

The 133rd Annual Meeting & Exposition (December 10-14, 2005) of APHA