Immigrant Children: Not Getting the Care They Need

From the Show: Healthy Children
Summary: Immigrant children represent the fastest growing segment of the U.S. population, but their health care is suffering severe neglect.
Air Date: 5/15/13
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Dr. Gonzalo J. Paz-Soldan, MD
Dr. Gonzalo Paz-Soldan is the Medical Director of the Arlington Pediatric Center. The Arlington Pediatric Center is a patient-centered medical home for more than 4,000 children in Arlington, Virginia, and has 13,000 outpatient visits annually.

Dr.Paz-Soldan attended Yale University School of Medicine and completed his training in general pediatrics at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. He has worked as a general pediatrician for 19 years in academic and private practice settings, in the U.S. and in Peru. Dr.Paz-Soldan completed the Leadership Fellowship Program of the National Hispanic Medical Association. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Council on Community Pediatrics of the AAP and is a former board member of the Virginia Chapter of the AAP. He is board certified in General Pediatrics and is a Certified Physician Executive by the American College of Physician Executives.
Immigrant Children: Not Getting the Care They Need
Immigrant children represent the fastest growing segment of the U.S. population.

One in every four children in the United States lives in an immigrant family.

Eighty-nine percent of these children are U.S. citizens.

But many immigrant children experience significant barriers to their health and well-being. Children of immigrants are nearly twice as likely to be uninsured as are children in non-immigrant families.

This can prevent children from receiving appropriate preventive care and medical treatment in a timely manner.

Does this seem fair?

The AAP has issued a release in support of access to care for immigrant children. It is the only way for us to ensure the future health of our children... all our children.

Join us and expert Dr. Gonzalo J. Paz-Soldan as we delve into the health care disparities among immigrant children and discuss the special situation of their health care needs.
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