New York City's Task Force on Immigrant Health Access: A local response to address health needs of immigrants
In 2011, over 3 million New York City (NYC) residents were foreign-born. In 2010 there were 499,000 undocumented adults in NYC, of whom approximately 50% are uninsured. With a fragile safety net, limited access to coordinated care, and dependence on the hospital emergency department, this population faces many access challenges, particularly around regular and timely access to primary care.
In 2014, the NYC Mayor launched the Immigrant Health Access Task Force to address barriers to health care access faced by immigrants. This Task Force brings together city agencies, advocates, provider organizations, and immigration and public health experts to determine barriers to health access and develop recommendations for a city-led response to improve coverage options for immigrants, especially the uninsured.
As a result of this Task Force, NYC cataloged specific barriers, the reach of the existing safety net, and other city/county approaches to improve care and coverage for this population. By developing specific responses to these barriers the Task Force has laid important groundwork for a comprehensive response to improve access to care for the uninsured.
Learning Areas:Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related public policy
Describe New York City's approach to assess barriers to health care access faced by immigrants. Discuss New York City's plans to develop a local response to improve coverage options for immigrants.
Keyword(s): Immigrant Health, Health Care Access
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have worked at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene since 2011. I have been working on the NYC Mayor's Task Force on Immigrant Health Access since June 2014 and in this role have been coordinating with Task Force members from across NYC.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
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