Lecture / Reading

The Health and Well-being of Children in Immigrant Families: Understanding the Impact of National Immigration Policy

Sponsored by Maternal and Child Health Research Institute


Monday, April 1, 2019
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
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Alway Building, M114 | Stanford University | 300 Pasteur Drive | Stanford, CA 94305

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Faculty/Staff, Students, Members

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Event Details:

Nationally, one out of every four children live in an Immigrant Family (CIF), where one parent is born outside of the U.S. In California, this proportion is one in two. Among the highest risk with families in this group are those with an undocumented parent, where the proportion is one in three of CIF. National policies directed at controlling immigration can have an impact on the health of these children, as well as the local policies that are developed in response to national immigration policy. The Stanford Maternal and Child Health Research Institute (MCHRI) has supported collaborative research between the Division of General Pediatrics and the Immigration Policy Lab at Stanford University that examines the effects of immigration policies on the health and well-being of children in immigrant families.

The presentations will provide a brief overview of the problem of immigration and children’s health by Dr. Fernando Mendoza. This will be followed by a discussion of research utilizing state Medicaid data to analyze effects of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) on U.S. children’s health by Professor David Laitin, and research using data from a national survey to understand the movements of immigrant families in response to health services. Dr. Mendoza will discuss health utilization and the quality of care received by children in immigrant families in California, utilizing data from the California Health Interview Survey. Finally, there will be an overview of the collaboration activities between the Division of General Pediatrics and the Immigration Policy Lab that has been supported by MCHRI and the future direction of this work.


Fernando S. Mendoza, MD, MPH - Dr. Mendoza is a professor in the Department of Pediatrics and Associate Dean of Minority Advising and Programs at the Stanford University School of Medicine.

David Laitin, PhD - Dr. Laitin is the James T. Watkins IV and Elise V. Watkins Professor of Political Science at Stanford University. He currently serves as the Faculty Co-Director of the Stanford Immigration Policy Lab.

Vasco Yasenov, PhD - Dr. Yasenov is a postdoctoral fellow in the Stanford Immigration Policy Lab.

About the Seminar Series

The MCHRI Seminar Series highlight compelling clinical topics, innovative research, and the latest developments in maternal and child health. The seminars series is open to all, including faculty, staff, trainees, postdocs, and all members of the research community. Seats are limited, and reservation is required. Limited lunch will be provided on a first come, first served basis. Attendees are welcome to bring their lunch to the event.

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