- The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is partnering with community organizations that support immigrants to share information about health programs such as Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program. A particular focus of these education efforts is to explain how Health Reform will benefit immigrants. Undocumented immigrants are still barred from receiving federal benefits, but legal immigrants may be eligible for some programs even before their five-year waiting period is up.
- Obama’s Secure Communities program continues to attract criticism, particularly for its “confusing” stance regarding who should be prioritized for deportation. Despite statements by the Obama administration that the program should only target the most serious criminal offenders, reports continue that immigrants are being detained and deported for traffic violations and other minor infractions. Some local law enforcement representatives worry that this approach undermines trust and can endanger community policing. Read more…
San Francisco State University
Why propose another concept that appears to be a variation on a well-established theme … social suffering, the social production of disease and distress, the effects of violence of all kinds upon people and communities throughout the world? And why select a particular population like Latino migrants to represent how insidious and gripping structural vulnerability can be to one’s health and livelihood?
In a special issue of the journal Medical Anthropology, “Structural Vulnerability: Latino Migrants in the United States,”  the social science concept of structural vulnerability is introduced and put to use by medical anthropologists familiar with the plight of Latino migrants in the United States. Structural vulnerability refers to one’s position in social hierarchies that imposes physical-emotional suffering on specific population groups and individuals in patterned ways. Read more…