The Dream Resource Center recently released the first statewide study by and about undocumented youth on health care access.
Undocumented and Uninsured is the first study about and by immigrant youth on health care access. Researchers surveyed 550 immigrant youth throughout California–including undocumented youth and youth recently granted Deferred Action status.
We asked participants a series of standardized questions about their experience accessing health care in California. We surveyed 550 undocumented and “DAcAmented” (recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) californians between the ages of 18 and 32, using a participatory methodology that allowed those directly excluded from health care access to lead the research process. A team comprised of 37 immigrant youth conducted face-to-face surveys with their peers during summer 2013. the data and analysis in the report reflects the experiences and real-life barriers to health care faced by undocumented people.