May 19, 2017
Haines 215
Amy Zhou

The Health Working Group is pleased to present:

Lucrecia Mena (Graduate Student, UC Los Angeles): "Latino Children’s Health and Healthcare: The Role of Parent’s Immigration Status and Length of Residence in the United States"


The literature on immigrant health suggests that foreign-born Latinos have a health advantage relative to US-born individuals, despite having lower socioeconomic status. Furthermore, research has also argued that Latino immigrants become less healthy after long-term acculturation – the process whereby members of an immigrant group adopt the beliefs, behaviors, and culture of the nonimmigrant group. Despite extensive interest by social scientists and epidemiologists on these issues, few studies have examined how acculturation processes, immigration status and length of residence in the host country impact determinants of immigrant health status. More specifically, how these factors, as they pertain to Latino parents, impact the health of their children. Contrary to this body of literature, preliminary findings from this research using the 2001 California Health Interview Survey (CHIS) suggest that the acculturation process of Latino parents has a positive effect on the health of Latino children. This study will shed light on the mechanisms of health gains and losses among Latino children in the United States and will help identify potential public health interventions for Latino children.

We hope to see you there!