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Introduction

Immigrant Toolkit

Children of immigrants are the fastest growing population of children in the United States and have contributed to the entire growth in the nation’s child population over the past decade. Immigrant families are racially and ethnically diverse, and immigrate for variety of reasons that may include seeking economic opportunity, reuniting with family, fleeing war or violence.

Pediatricians can play a special role in supporting the health and well-being of immigrant children in the United States. By recognizing the unique challenges and strengths that many immigrants experience; pediatricians can identify effective practice strategies and relevant resources that support health within the community.

This toolkit was designed to provide practical information and resources for pediatricians to address common matters related to immigrant child health. To develop the toolkit, the AAP gathered and developed content that addresses issues that AAP members have raised regarding providing optimal care to immigrant children and families. Those issues are addressed throughout the toolkit. As the AAP continues its work on immigrant child health issues, this content will be expanded.

A state by state directory of legal resources will also be provided to help pediatricians determine local services and potential partners to help immigrant families with a variety of issues. Information in this toolkit is for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice.

For more information about this toolkit, contact the Council on Community Pediatrics at cocp@aap.org.

Acknowledgements

The Immigrant Health Toolkit was developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics with support from the Friends Of Children Fund. The American Academy of Pediatrics thanks the following individuals who created, drafted, and reviewed components in the Immigrant Health Toolkit.


Authors:
Cristina Meneses, JD, MS (The Network for Public Health Law)

Lance Chilton MD, FAAP
James Duffee, MD, MPH, FAAP
Terrence Joiner MD, FAAP
Julia Koehler, MD, FAAP
Julie Linton MD, FAAP
William Stauffer, MD, MPH
Janine Young, MD, FAAP
Katherine Yun MD, FAAP

Contributors and Reviewers:
Roxanne Almas, MD, MSPH, FAAP
Mary Brown, MD, FAAP
Ricky Choi MD, MPH, FAAP
Steven Federico, MD, FAAP
Benjamin Gitterman, MD, FAAP
Arturo Gonzalez, MD, FAAP
Marsha Griffin, MD, FAAP
Gilbert Handal, MD, FAAP
Kenneth Matthews, MD, FAAP
Gonzalo Paz-Soldan, MD, FAAP


View the toolkit:

Section 1: Clinical Care

Section 2: Access to Health Care and Public Benefits

Section 3: Immigration Status and Related Concerns

Section 4: State Legal Resources for Immigrant Children and Families

Section 5: AAP Advocacy

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