Immigrant policies and government-issued ID policies have long been racialized. The early twenty-first century has been characterized by increasingly restrictive federal and state immigrant policies, and some inclusionary policies at state and local levels. Ideologies that underlie such policies, such as notions about who is “deserving” of access to social and economic resources, shape multiple social, economic and health care policies. Exclusionary social and economic policies restrict access to health promoting resources and serve as racialized stressors. Growing evidence documents declines in health care utilization following the implementation of state-level or local restrictive immigrant policies in the early twenty-first century. Yet, health is affected long before people enter the doctor’s office. Professor LeBrón will provide an overview of the emerging literature regarding mechanisms by which twenty-first century immigrant and ID policies affect the health of Latina/o and immigrant communities. The presentation will close with a discussion of promising directions for health equity research, practice, and policy.
Dr. LeBrón is currently an Assistant Professor of Chicano/Latino Studies at the University of California, Irvine. Her research focuses on implications of social inequalities for inequities in health and opportunities for intervention. Through qualitative and quantitative research methods, Dr. LeBrón’s scholarship examines the mechanisms by which racism shapes health inequities, and factors that disrupt these processes. Dr. LeBrón received her PhD from the University of Michigan School of Public Health after earning her Master’s in Public Health from Harvard University.