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Refugee & Migrant Health


Posters under this theme address the current health situation of refugees and migrants, and the challenges associated with migration and forced displacement.

Disease Prevention Program: Using Literacy Materials to Improve Maternal and Child Health in Za’atari Refugee Camp

by Mia Casciani

Background: Most research on maternal and child infectious disease health promotion has focused on community training and education, rather than using literacy materials to educate mothers and their children in an effort to prevent disease. Common infectious diseases that inflict mothers and children in refugee settings in Jordan include STIs, Parasitic infections...

Maternal Mental Health: The Compounded Trauma of Migration and Detention

by Francisca Rivera

Migrant women in various stages of pregnancy face increased compounded stressors during their journey to the United States. Those compounded stressors include, but are not limited to, exposure to violence and abuse, distress, poverty, and most importantly the trauma of being detained and giving birth while in detention, which can all lead to the...

Healthcare Challenges Experienced by Transgender Detainees in US Immigrations and Customs Enforcement Detention Centers

by Gloria Magallanes

This study contributes to a greater understanding of the impacts that federal and state policies have on the access that transgender detainees in Immigration Detention Centers in the United States have to hormone therapy and other forms of healthcare. This is done through a systematic literature review; findings for this work were sourced from legal...

Exploring Barriers to Diabetes Management Among Mexican Immigrants in the U.S: Are Current Interventions Effective?

by Silvia Gutierrez

As the prevalence of Diabetes Type 2 or T2DM continues to rise across the United States, Latinos or Mexican Immigrants in particular remain disproportionately affected by this chronic disease. This subpopulation has demonstrated lower rates of adherence to Diabetes Management recommendations such as modifying diet, following medication...

Deportee Mental Health in Tijuana: Social Support Models as the Solution

by Sara Lucero

Deportation is a highly traumatic and isolating event that has been shown to have severely detrimental effects on mental and emotional health. Unfortunately, mental health resources are in short supply and high demand globally. Tijuana is no exception. The mental health need in Tijuana is compounded by the sheer amount of deportees they accept...

What Factors Cause the Syrian Refugees to Have High Prevalence of Mental Health Disorders and Are There Any Effective Ways of Interventions

by Valentina Mansoor

About a decade ago, the war in Syria started causing millions of Syrians to flee their motherland and seek refuge in different countries. The Syrian Refugees in distinct countries reveal high prevalence of mental health disorders including: PTSD, anxiety, and depression. The Syrian refugees have faced harsh living conditions in addition violence and trauma in...

The Consequence of Detention Centers on Mental Health of Immigrants Who Have Experience Trauma Throughout Their Lives

by Daysi Tobal

Currently, the United States is experiencing an immigration crisis in which policies, such as zero tolerance, family separation, and the use of detention centers have been implemented to solve the crisis. It is important to acknowledge that immigrants are affected by trauma at different stages of their lives, which negatively impacts their mental health. These United...

Beyond Family Separation: The (Anti)Politics of Care and Pathways of Resistance within U.S. Immigration Detention

by Chris Magana

This paper critically examines the centering of “family separation’ in oppositional narratives to the Trump administration’s immigration policies. The purpose of this examination is to answer a seemingly simple question; why does a child separated from their parents engender greater public attention—and sympathy—than people in immigration detention...

Migration from the Northern Triangle Countries: a Tripartite Analysis of Trauma

by Cristina Calderon

As transnational criminal organizations have increasingly gained footholds in the chronically unstable Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, these Northern Triangle countries have come to form a corridor of violent and illicit activity. These conditions have cultivated a culture of violence, corruption, and impunity, all of which leave Central Americans...

How the Cultural, Political, Social, and Economic Factors of Living on Both Sides of the Tijuana-San Ysidro Border Influence Injection Drug Use

by Denise Lopez

I will be looking at how the different cultural, political, social, and economic factors on both sides of the Tijuana-San Ysidro border contribute to the public health issue of injection drug use in both Tijuana and San Diego. These factors of living are extremely different on both sides of the border, however we see a binational effect on injection drug users...

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