The Health Risks of an Emerging Undocumented Culture: A Holistic Perspective and Strategy for Universal Healthcare

By Yosselin Arroyo Chora and Cynthia Siguenza.

Published by The Global Studies Journal

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As of 2008, Latinos comprised 30% of the U.S residents who do not have health insurance. The
combination of both a lack of primary healthcare and contributing social conditions within the emerging culture of the undocumented fosters many health concerns. The exclusion of undocumented immigrants from primary healthcare is first and foremost a human rights issue. Secondly, it also undermines the goals and preventative measures proposed by the Obama administration’s healthcare reform. A review of current literature on global infectious/chronic disease epidemiology; globalisation of western post-industrial food systems; and global processes of transportation and civil engineering was used to determine the root causes of disease epidemiology for undocumented immigrants. Results were used to determine the need for primary healthcare intervention in the undocumented culture. Citizenship status in healthcare distribution becomes a phenomenon with inherent ambiguities, where disease does not become a respecter of status. Rather than be drowned in the pretense that status provides a formulaic and sharp delineation for the control of disease, this paper demonstrates evidence that primary care and public health efforts must have a comprehensive global mindset and be population oriented.

Keywords: Undocumented Immigrants, Latinos, Universal Healthcare, Globalization, Western Food Models, Civil Engineering, Emerging Culture, Health Risks, Chronic Disease Epidemiology, Infectious Epidemiology, Double Hit Response

Global Studies Journal, Volume 4, Issue 3, pp.135-146. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 753.021KB).

Yosselin Arroyo Chora

Global Medicine M.S Candidate, Department of Global Medicine, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, Ca, USA

Cynthia Siguenza

Global Medicine M.S candidate, Department of Global Medicine, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, Ca, USA


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