251810 Immigrant Health Status: Healthcare issues for the twenty-first century

Tuesday, November 1, 2011: 8:30 AM

Gopal Sankaran, MD, DrPH, CHES , Health, West Chester University of Pennsylvania, West Chester, PA
United States (US) in the last quarter century has experienced a wave of immigrants who need to be understood at least from three interrelated perspectives: i) cultural, as most of the immigrants in this period are from non-European nations and join the expanding groups of minorities; ii) their current access to healthcare; and iii) their future healthcare needs. This paper, through empirical analysis of available data, addresses these three perspectives with a focus on providing guidance for future health policy that would impact these recent immigrants.

Leading Health Indicators (LHIs) from Healthy People 2010 will be used to draw parallels in term of health status of immigrant groups and those of the majority groups in the US. Based on the findings, demographic trends, and disease trends, projections will be made regarding the future healthcare needs of these population groups. The role of culture in the diagnosis of disease conditions and their management will be highlighted through examples. The need for culturally appropriate care and the anticipated healthcare needs in the next decades will be emphasized.

Learning Areas:
Administration, management, leadership
Advocacy for health and health education
Provision of health care to the public

Learning Objectives:
1. Specify how culture relates to diagnosis and management of disease conditions among immigrants. 2. Identify three challenges faced by recent immigrants in terms of their healthcare needs. 3. Explain why healthcare policies need to address the future healthcare needs of recent immigrants.

Keywords: Immigrants, Health Care Access

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Researcher, teacher and author with 25+ years experience in public health teaching, training and practice.
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.