According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, 1 in 4 children in the United States are part of an immigrant family unit. By definition, immigrant children are those born outside the United States or who have at least one foreign-born parent. In the last decade, global conflicts have propelled the migration of these families, creating a more diverse migrant population and given rise to divisive sociopolitical policy in our country. Like all children, the experiences of this patient population are diverse and have direct impacts on their biopsychosocial development. Additionally, this patient population may face unique challenges of inequity that can threaten their health and wellbeing. In this episode, we will talk through considerations that pediatric medical providers can make that are uniquely supportive to the refugee and immigrant patient population.
For this discussion we are pleased to be joined by a colleague from the broader pediatrics community in Denver, Janine Young, MD.
Dr. Young is the Medical Director of the Denver Health Refugee Clinic; Co-Medical Director of the Denver Health Human Rights Clinic and Medical Advisor for the Colorado Refugee Services Program. She is also Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.
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