Women

Cultural Competency and Health Literacy Primer

Report Author: 
Monica McCann, Olivia Carter-Pokras, Bonnie Braun and Carlessia A. Hussein
Original Date of Publication: 
2013 Mar

In 2012, Maryland enacted a law requiring attention to cultural competency and health literacy in the curricula of health profession degree programs. Cultural Competency and Health Literacy Primer is intended to help health educators, students, and practicing health professionals learn how to reduce health disparities and improve health outcomes through culturally-sensitive and effective communication with patients across the various health disciplines.

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Other

Cultural Competency and Health Literacy Primer

Report Author: 
Monica McCann, Olivia Carter-Pokras, Bonnie Braun and Carlessia A. Hussein
Original Date of Publication: 
2013 Mar

In 2012, Maryland enacted a law requiring attention to cultural competency and health literacy in the curricula of health profession degree programs. Cultural Competency and Health Literacy Primer is intended to help health educators, students, and practicing health professionals learn how to reduce health disparities and improve health outcomes through culturally-sensitive and effective communication with patients across the various health disciplines.

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Other

Health Care for Immigrant Families: Current Policies and Issues

Report Author: 
Leighton Ku and Mariellen Jewers
Original Date of Publication: 
2013 Jun

Health Care for Immigrant Families: Current Policies and Issues assesses how the current health care system in the U.S. addresses the health care needs of immigrants. Debunking the myth that immigrants abuse health care services, the report finds that immigrants, even when covered by public or private insurance, see doctors less frequently and use emergency rooms at a lower rate than the native-born.

Source Organization: 
Migration Policy Institute

Bride and Prejudice: How the U.S. Immigration Law Discriminates Against Spousal Visa Holders

Report Author: 
Sabrina Balgamwalla
Original Date of Publication: 
2013 Feb

This article argues that U.S. visa law, rooted in antiquated, 19thcentury notions of spousal relations, has had "devastating consequences for the day-to-day lives of H-4 spouses."  These are the spouses of H-1B visa holders, who are coveted by high tech firms for their technical skills.  Unable to legally work in the U.S., spouses are effectively confined to their homes.  They are unable to obtain a divorce, maintain custody of their children, and escape relationships of domestic violence.

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Other

Conundrum of an Immigrant: Assimilation versus Cultural Preservation

Report Author: 
Joanna Diane Caytas
Original Date of Publication: 
2012 Dec

Noting that "the discourse about the cost and benefits of cultural diversity is intense" both in Europe and North America, this paper reviews the different approaches to diversity, including the traditional model of assimilation, multiculturalism in all its variations, hybrid models,  and structuralism. The author also examines the role of religion in identity formation, as well as the effects of intermarriage.

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Other

Multiplying Diversity: Family Unification and the Regional Origins of Late-Age Immigrants, 1981-2009

Report Author: 
Stacie Carr and Marta Tienda
Original Date of Publication: 
2013 Mar

This paper seeks to explain how the "seemingly benign" provisions of the 1965 Amendments to the Immigration and Nationality Act led to an unintended "surge of immigration from Asia" and "aggravated population aging by adding parents of U.S. citizens to the uncapped family relatives category." The authors argue that Congress made a "gross miscalculation" of the impacts of the 1965 amendments, believing that the family reunification categories would tend to favor immigrants of European background.

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Other

Defining American: The Dream Act, Immigration Reform and Citizenship

Report Author: 
Elizabeth Keyes
Original Date of Publication: 
2013 Apr

Although giving credit to the DREAM movement for a remarkable transformation of American attitudes on the question of whether undocumented youth should be granted citizenship, the author of this article worries that the narrative of "blamelessness" and "worthiness" may be "raising the bar" for other groups seeking to acquire or retain citizenship rights.

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Other

What Makes the Family Special?

Report Author: 
Kerry Abrams
Original Date of Publication: 
2013 Jan

As Congress debates future immigrant admission criteria, this paper makes the case for the continuation of family-based immigration.

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Other

Information on Small Populations with Significant Health Disparities: A Report on Data Collected on the Health of Asian Americans in Massachusetts

Report Author: 
Carolyn Wong, Hannah Hosotani and John Her
Original Date of Publication: 
2012 Nov

Information on Small Populations with Significant Health Disparities: A Report on Data Collected on the Health of Asian Americans in Massachusetts (Download or view online)  

Source Organization: 
University of Massachusetts Boston

National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) in Health and Health Care: A Blueprint for Advancing and Sustaining CLAS Policy and Practice

Report Author: 
Office of Minority Health (OMH), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Original Date of Publication: 
2013 Apr

National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) in Health and Health Care: A Blueprint for Advancing and Sustaining CLAS Policy and Practice (Download or view

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