Human Services

Maximizing Health Care Reform for New York's Immigrants

Report Author: 
New York Immigration Coalition, Empire Justice Center and NYS Health Foundation
Original Date of Publication: 
2013 Feb

Maximizing Health Care Reform for New York's Immigrants contains a set of recommendations on how New York can maximize the inclusion of immigrants in health care reform. The authors also devote special attention to immigrants left out of federal reform. The paper is divided into five major sections: eligibility of non-citizens to participate in New York's Health Benefit Exchange; documentation and verification requirements; marketing and outreach to immigrant communities; community input and monitoring; and maintaining safety net services for the residual uninsured population.

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Other

National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) in Health and Health Care

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

First developed by OMH in 2000, the national CLAS Standards have been widely circulated and implemented. In 2010, OMH launched a project to update the Standards to reflect growth in the field of cultural competency and increasing diversity in the nation. The new Standards emerged out of an extensive consultation process with stakeholders and experts, many of whom recommended clarification as to the Standards' intention, terminology and implementation strategies.

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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

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

Legalization of Undocumented Immigrants Can Reduce Crime

Report Author: 
Scott Ross Baker
Original Date of Publication: 
2012 Sep

The author of this policy brief titled "Legalization of Undocumented Immigrants Can Reduce Crime," Scott Ross Baker, predicts a significant reduction in crime as a result of U.S. President Barack Obama's Deferred Action Program. He bases his conclusion on research showing sharp drops in crime after the implementation of the 1986 legalization program - a reduction apparently unrelated to any other possible explanatory variable.

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Other

Resettlement at Risk: Meeting Emerging Challenges to Refugee Resettlement in Local Communities

Report Author: 
Melanie Nezer
Original Date of Publication: 
2013 Feb

Commissioned by the J.M. Kaplan Fund, "Resettlement at Risk: Meeting Emerging Challenges to Refugee Resettlement in Local Communities" explores the impact of resettlement on local communities and looks at the current rise of anti-refugee sentiment through case studies in three states: Tennessee, New Hampshire and Georgia.

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Source Organization: 
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

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
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