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Determinants of Health and Well-Being for Children of Immigrants: Moving From Evidence to Action

Year: 2019

In Determinants of Health and Well-Being for Children of Immigrants: Moving From Evidence to Action, Dr. Lisseth Rojas-Flores and Jennifer Medina Vaughn summarize ground-breaking research, funded by the Foundation for Child Development’s Young Scholars Program (YSP), which illustrates the dire situation of children of immigrants in the U.S. today. The authors use a social determinants of health framework to illuminate how social, economic, and sociopolitical conditions directly influence a child’s overall well-being as well as their physical and mental health. Anti-immigrant environments and policies create a climate of fear, foster adverse mental health due to trauma, and potential physical deprivation that lead to poor child development and life-long outcomes.