Immigration as a Social Determinant of Health: Proceedings of a Workshop


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Immigrants are a significant and growing population that currently makes up about one-quarter of the United States population. On November 28, 2017, in Oakland, California, a workshop held by the Roundtable on the Promotion of Health Equity, titled Immigration as a Social Determinant of Health, explored the complex interactions between immigration and health disparities. Topics of the workshop included discussing the history of immigration and the relationship of immigration status to economic and health policies, the ongoing importance of immigrant health outcomes in the United States, and the role of immigration as a social determinant of health.