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Realizing the Dream for Californians Eligible for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA): Health Needs and Access to Health Care

March 26, 2014

Research Report

Authors: Claire Brindis, DrPH, Max W. Hadler, MPH, MA, Ken Jacobs, Laurel Lucia, MPP, Nadereh Pourat, PhD, Marissa Raymond-Flesch, Rachel Siemons, Efrain Talamantes

This joint report describes the health needs, common sources of care, and major barriers to health care access for teens and young adults in California who are eligible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which provides temporary work authorization and relief from deportation for qualified undocumented immigrants. The report finds that that DACA-eligible Californians are more likely to report poor health and are less likely to report certain health conditions, such as asthma, than their U.S.-born counterparts. DACA-eligible individuals are also less likely to have a usual source of medical care, or to have had a doctor or emergency room visit in the past year. The authors examine health care usage and identify the barriers to care experienced by this group.

This is the second of two reports that collectively describe the findings from California Health Interview Survey (CHIS) data and key informant interviews. View the related report here.


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