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Who picked the strawberries you ate for breakfast? “Afflicting the comfortable” as pedagogic strategy – Sarah Willen

October 27, 2010 Leave a comment

Sarah S. Willen
SMU

Do unauthorized im/migrants have a right to health? To medical care? To publicly funded care? These questions – all of them vexing, provocative, and contentious – catalyze the work we do here at AccessDenied, where we aim not to provide pat answers, but to serve as a clearinghouse for fresh ideas and resources of intellectual and practical value. Sometimes, though, we wonder how much preaching we do to the choir. What about those who find it reasonable, logical, or common sensical to declare unauthorized im/migrants automatically “undeserving” or, more commonly, those who have not (yet) given the matter any serious thought – including, quite frequently, our students?

In this post, I consider these questions through two lenses: first, a rallying cry issued 20 years ago by critical medical anthropologist Merrill Singer, and second, a recent pedagogical adventure in the Green Mountains of Vermont. I’ll begin with the rallying cry.

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Potential Health Outcomes of Being Undocumented and Homeless – Maggie Sullivan

July 19, 2010 Leave a comment

Maggie Sullivan

Homeless persons who are also unauthorized immigrants face a reality of extreme marginalization which puts them at significant physical and mental health risk. As a family nurse practitioner working in shelter-based clinics, I care for many of these patients regularly. And though resiliency is certainly not uncommon, the burden of disease for those who are both homeless and unauthorized is high.

Not having a home and being undocumented confers considerable health risks. It is known that homelessness, in and of itself, confers significant risk of illness and premature death[i]. The majority of homeless individuals in the United States are U.S. citizens, and many of our foreign-born homeless patients are authorized immigrants. The minority who are both homeless and unauthorized immigrants face unique challenges and risks to their health. It is an aspect of health disparity not often addressed. Read more…