Ongoing Initiatives

A resolution on Addressing Immigrant Discrimination and Health Disparities introduced by Michael Rodriguez, MD, MPH and Viviana Martinez-Bianchi, MD, FAAFP and Jay W. Lee, MD, MPH, FAAFP was adopted by American Academy of Family Physicians at its annual Congress of Delegates meeting. The American Academy of Family Physicians resolution resolved that,

  • AAFP urge federal and state government agencies to ensure routine, evidence-based health care screening, access and treatment for newly immigrated populations; and be it further
  • AAFP commit to stand against scaremongering, profiling and other discriminatory practices, and/or messaging that denigrates and/or depicts immigrant populations in such a light that leads towards marginalization as it relates to human rights and healthcare such as inaccurate accusations that immigrants pose major threats to public health; and be it further
  • AAFP support policies to reduce health disparities borne by immigrants, refugees or asylees.

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Photo – AAFP Congress of Delegates debating the resolution on addressing immigrant discrimination and health disparities.

The American Medical Association (AMA) adopted a resolution in June 2015 that urges government agencies ensure access to care for immigrant children regardless of legal status and calls upon the AMA to publicize medically correct information about immigrant populations. The text of the resolution is as follows:

RESOLVED, That our American Medical Association urge federal and state government agencies to ensure standard public health screening and indicated prevention and treatment for immigrant children, regardless of legal status, based on medical evidence and disease epidemiology (New HOD Policy); and be it further
RESOLVED, That our AMA, advocate for and publicize correct medically accurate information to reduce anxiety, fear, and marginalization of specific populations (New HOD Policy); and be it further
RESOLVED, That our AMA advocate for policies to make available and effectively deploy resources needed to eliminate health disparities affecting immigrants, refugees or asylees. (New HOD Policy)

The American Medical Student Association (AMSA) House of Delegates recently passed the below resolution against immigrant scaremongering. The resolution’s language became part of the Preamble, Purposes and Principles (PPP) of the Association, directing the organization’s stance on all issues.

 

View the full AMSA Resolution: Principles Regarding Immigrant Health

 

We need nationwide action in order to understand these marginalized groups of migrant children, and to provide quality care for those that show signs of illness. To take action now and get involved, sign up here.