Immigrant Families in America Today: How Fear and Toxic Stress Are Affecting Daily Life, Well-Being, and Health

New restrictions on immigration and increased immigration enforcement being pursued by the Trump Administration are reshaping U.S. immigration policy. To understand how the new environment is affecting people, the Kaiser Family Foundation held a public briefing at 9:30 a.m. ET on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 to examine the experiences of immigrant parents and children, including immigrants who are undocumented and those lawfully present.

At the briefing the Foundation released a new report, Living in an Immigrant Family in America: How Fear and Toxic Stress Are Affecting Daily Life, Well-Being, and Health, based on focus groups in eight cities and four states with 100 parents in immigrant families from 15 countries, as well as telephone interviews with 13 pediatricians who serve immigrant communities.

KFF Executive Vice President Diane Rowland moderated the briefing. Panelists included:

Samantha Artiga, Director of the Disparities Policy Project at the Foundation, who will present key findings from the Foundation’s new report;

Jenny Rejeske, Senior Health policy Analyst at the National Immigration Law Center, who will provide an overview of recent policies affecting immigrant families;

Lanre Omojokun Falusi, MD, FAAP, Pediatrician, Children’s National Health System and Past President, American Academy of Pediatrics – Washington D.C. chapter, who will provide perspective on the report findings and insights from her experiences serving immigrant families.

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