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Undocumented and Uninsured

The Healthy California Survey Project sought to document the experiences and impact of immigrant youth and their families in navigating the health care system in California. We conducted a survey of undocumented and “DACAmented” (individuals granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) youth to understand access and barriers to health care.

From June 2013 to August 2013, the a research team surveyed 550 undocumented and “DACA”mented youth about their experience with health care in California. This research utilizes a participatory methodology that allowed for those directly impacted by the health care exclusion policy to lead the research project and analyze findings.  The research team was comprised of 37 immigrant youth ranging in age and educational attainment. They conducted face-to-face surveys with peers during the Dream Summer 2013 program.

As a result, this is the first statewide research project about and by immigrant youth on health access. An advisory board comprised of academics, health advocates, community partners, policy experts and funders provided invaluable insight throughout the project. Undocumented and Uninsured builds on the solid and growing body of research about the lives of undocumented communities. The findings will inform policy and programs to improve healthcare access for immigrant communities in California.

Visit www.undocumentedanduninsured.org to read more and download the full report.