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Improving Access to Care for Children in Immigrant Families (IAC)

Supported through the AAP Healthy People 2020 Grant Programs for Global Health, the pilot project addresses the Healthy People 2020 AH-6 objective of reducing the proportion of individuals who are unable to obtain or delay in obtaining necessary medical care, dental care, or prescription medicines.

Welcoming Health Care - Webinar 1

This webinar focuses on the different aspects of welcoming health care, including: trauma-informed care, cultural humility and health literacy, linguistically appropriate communication, sanctuary doctoring, family preparedness, institutional policies and protocols, and a case study.


Minal Giri, MD, FAAP, Chair of ICAAP’s Refugee Immigrant Health Initiative (RICHI)

Rawan AlHeresh, MScOT, PhD, OTR/L, Associate Professor at Harvard University

Mark Kuczewski, PHD, HEC-C, Director, Neiswanger Institute for Bioethics, Stritch School of Medicine

Laura Hoover, Executive Director/Attorney at Children’s Legal Center Ricardo Cifuentes, Vice President of External Affairs for Esperanza Health Centers

Nahiris Bahamón, MD, FAAP, Pediatrician at Esperanza Health Centers

Public Policy, Referral Programs, and Mental Health Resources – Webinar 2

The webinar illustrates the medical-legal issues involved with Public Charge, COVID-19, and public benefits, provides information about Immigrant Family Resource Programs and linkages, discusses psychosocial development and immigrant mental health, and provides a resource to locate culturally sensitive mental health providers.


Andrea Kovach, JD, Shriver Center on Poverty Law

Breandán Magee, MA, Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR)

Maria Ferrera, PhD, LCSW, Coalition for Immigration Mental Health (CIMH)

K. Susan Haverkamp, MD, FAAP, MSPH, Erie Family Health Centers

Project Aim

  • Assist practices in creating more immigrant-responsive health care environments
  • Equip pediatricians and other health care providers with knowledge and resources to improve access to care for children in immigrant families
  • Seek to prevent disruptions in care resulting from recent changes in federal immigration policies that have engendered fear among immigrant families
  • Promote inclusiveness in health care spaces

Practice Intervention

  • Two changes in practice
  • Develop a relationship with at least one legal/immigrant family resource organization for patient referral
  • Encourage immigrant-serving organizations to make referrals to a medical home