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  • Sophia King

Sophia King

Limited Healthcare Access for Children from Latinx Immigrant Families in the Greater Philadelphia Area

Project Description

Through analysis of existing scholarly research and my own phone interviews with staff at two health clinics and one community outreach center that are located in Greater Philadelphia, this work examines what kind of gap exists in access to health care in the Greater Philadelphia Region for children of Latinx immigrant families of in comparison to other children in the nation. It discusses why this gap in access to coverage exists despite the widely supported notion of the human right to health. This study supports that Latinx immigrant children, in comparison to non-immigrant children, are less likely to have health insurance, receive less preventative medical care and often turn to non-profit organizations that provide health care and other social services. I find that low-income status and legal status are obstacles to accessing health care for many Latinx families, and the lack of resources and emotional stress compound health problems. I conclude that culturally sensitive interpreters and a holistic approach to health are key to providing quality health care. I recommend that local, non-profit organizations to recruit and train more medical interpreters competent in Spanish and English, Pennsylvania should extend CHIP and Medicaid coverage to all children of any immigration status, and the new federal public charge rule should be revoked to facilitate greater enrollment among immigrant families in CHIP and Medicaid.

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Faculty Advisor

Rebecca Evans


Bethesda, MD