251789 Immigrants and their health

Tuesday, November 1, 2011: 9:15 AM

Padmini Murthy, MD, MPH, MS, CHES , New York Medical College School of Public Health, Pleasant Valley, NY
Immigrants in the US and Globally face several challenges such as language barrier, cultural taboos and lack of awareness in seeking health care in the are they have migrated to. There have been instances where they have been discriminated due to prejudice from the health care providers and lack of communication between patient and provider. Improved communication and cultural competency can go along way in reducing these health care disparities seen among the immigrants and the local populations. Example of language barrier and the accidental overdose by a hispanic woman will be discussed to illustrate the gravity of the situation

Learning Areas:
Advocacy for health and health education
Provision of health care to the public

Learning Objectives:
Learning Objectives 1. Describe the challenges faced by immigrants in the US and Globally in getting health care they need. Discuss the special health care needs of immigrants 3. Strategies to address these issues will be discussed

Keywords: Health Disparities, Access to Health Care

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been working in the area of health care in various capacities for more than 23 years as aphysician , teacher , public health professional.I have presented on variois public health topics in several national and international conferences. I have published and edited a book on Womens Health and Human Rights.
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.