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The Intersection of Medical Education and Healthcare Access for Undocumented Immigrants

The per­son­al state­ment I wrote twen­ty years ago to gain entrance into med­ical school read, “Accom­pa­ny­ing my grand­moth­er for med­ical appoint­ments showed me firsthand unset­tling inequities in our health care sys­tem.  Med­ic­aid patients vis­it­ed crowd­ed clin­ics, endured long wait­ing peri­ods, and expe­ri­enced a lack of med­ical con­ti­nu­ity as her physi­cians changed from week to week. […]

Access to Health Care for Undocumented Immigrants as a Family Health Issue

The 2012 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion cam­paign is the lat­est reminder of how dif­fi­cult it is to reach bipar­ti­san con­sen­sus about health care pol­i­cy in the U.S. In con­trast, both par­ties offer rhetor­i­cal sup­port to improv­ing child health and pro­vid­ing chil­dren with access to health care. The real­i­ty, of course, is more com­plex. Despite the impor­tance of […]