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The Center of Expertise on Migration and Health (COEMH), a new initiative of the University of California’s Global Health Institute, aims “to improve health and eliminate health disparities of international migrants, refugees, and internally displaced people around the world.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a Division of Global Migration and Quarantine that “is committed to reducing morbidity and mortality due to infectious diseases among immigrants, refugees, international travelers, and other mobile populations that cross international borders” in addition “to promoting border health and preventing the introduction of infectious agents into the United States.”

The Hispanic Health Council, based in Hartford, Connecticut,  is a health research and advocacy group aimed at improving the health and social well being of Hispanic populations and other low-income urban minorities.

The Kaiser Family Foundation is “a non-profit, private operating foundation focusing on the major health care issues facing the U.S., as well as the U.S. role in global health policy.”  Relevant resources include features on “Immigration” and “Immigrant Health” as well as policy analysis and research on minority health, racial disparities, U.S. global health policy, and health reform.

The Migration Policy Institute is “an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit think tank dedicated to the study of the movement of people worldwide.”  MPI analyzes policies related to voluntary or forced migration on local, national, and international levels.

Partners In Health is a community-based non-profit healthcare organization that aims to provide health services for underserved populations in places such as Haiti, Lesotho, Mexico, Peru, Russia, Rwanda and the U.S.

Pew Hispanic Center is a division of the Pew Research Center, and conducts research on Hispanic populations in the United States on issues of demography, economics, education, identity, immigration, labor, politics, and remittances. Some of their publications deal explicitly with issues of health and health care access.

The UCLA Center for Health Policy Research has published reports and press releases on a variety of im/migrant health issues.



Today’s Topics in Health Disparities, provided by the Kaiser Family Foundation, is “a series of live, interactive webcasts devoted to addressing a range of issues relating to health and health care disparities in the United States.”


The American Nurses Association has published an Issue Brief titled “Nursing Beyond Borders: Access to Health Care for Documented and Undocumented Immigrants Living in the U.S.”

 Children in Immigrant Families in Eight Affluent Countries is a study conducted by the UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre on the situation of immigrant children in eight industrialized countries.

Immigrants and Healthcare Reform: What’s Really at Stake?, a report of the Migration Policy Institute, describes obstacles immigrants face in seeking healthcare and offers policy recommendations.

Migrants in Europe as Development Actors: Between Hope and Vulnerability, a report produced by Social Watch, makes occasional reference to migrant and immigrant health issues – especially in the chapter from PICUM representative Eve Geddie.

Migration and Health: Challenges and Trends is a report of the Norwegian Directorate of Health on the global context of migration flows; connections among poverty, ethnicity, and health; and the rights of undocumented migrants in Norway, among other topics.


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