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Arizona Examines Immigrant Youth Voices on Health Care in Arizona’s Restrictive Political Environment

In an article for Qualitative Health Research, Dr. Sofía Gómez and colleague discuss the “DACAmented Voices in Health Care” project, which examined the intersection of restrictive immigration policies and healthcare via photovoice, a participatory action research approach, with immigrant youth living in Arizona, who were recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

[Photo: Dr. Sofía Gómez]

Dr. Gómez graduated from the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health in 2017 with a DrPH in public health policy and management. DACAmented Voices in Health Care was her dissertation project.

[View the DACAmented Voices in Healthcare Photography Exhibit]

These “DACAmented” youth took part in nine photovoice sessions exploring their health care experiences and accessibility to care using documentary photography and narratives. They poignantly illustrated their experiences through images identifying their main health concerns and strengths, facilitating the development of health policy recommendations.

This article illustrates the thematic findings and discusses policy recommendations and lessons learned from presentations to policy makers and health care providers. Findings suggest that immigrant youth are knowledgeable of their family’s health care needs and hold a unique and important position within mixed-status households. Health care providers can benefit from the proposed recommendations by building bridges to care to address health equity in immigrant communities.

“Recognize Our Humanity”: Immigrant Youth Voices on Health Care in Arizona’s Restrictive Political Environment

Sofía Gómez, Heide Castañeda

Qualitative Health Research. February 15, 2018