214569 Improving Medical Care for Detained Immigrants

Monday, November 8, 2010 : 11:15 AM - 11:30 AM

Nicole Therrien, MBA-HCM , Health Economic Development Advisor, Peace Corps Volunteer in Ethiopia, East Haven, CT
Angela Mattie, MPH, JD , School of Business, Management Department, Quinnipiac University, Hamden, CT
The recent release of data concerning deaths of detained immigrants due to inadequate health care has brought the care of immigrants in detention to the attention of the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), policymakers, the media, and human rights groups. The way health care is currently provided to detained immigrants denies them of their fundamental right to a “standard of living adequate for health and well-being of himself…including medical care and necessary social services guaranteed to each individual by the Declaration of Human Rights. Standards of care must be set and regulations must become mandatory to improve the access to and quality of health care for detained immigrants. This presentation provides background information on this relatively new issue, examines concerns about current ICE health care policies and standards , reviews current legislative proposals and recommends principles necessary for a legislative solution. A legislative solution is necessary that embodies principles to improve the quality and access to care for this population. An office for oversight, mandatory standards and procedures, strategies to minimize understaffing, an appeals system, a mortality data tracking system and sanctions all must be codified in legislation. Mandatory policies are needed and should be enforced to assure humane and adequate health care for detained immigrants.

Learning Areas:
Diversity and culture
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Provision of health care to the public
Public health or related laws, regulations, standards, or guidelines
Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe current system for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) health care policies and standards; 2. Evaluate Federal legislative proposals for health care for detained immigrants ; 3. Formulate needed principles in a Federal legislative solution for health care for detained immigrants.

Keywords: Immigrants, Policy/Policy Development

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I hold a Masters in Business Administration with a focus in health care management. My graduate studies included a major research project on the subject of detained immigrants and access to health care. I was selected as Peace Corps Volunteer. Currently my assignment is in Ethiopia working as a Health Economic Development Advisor.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.