"On Edge All the Time": Mixed-Status Households Navigating Health Care Post Arizona's Most Stringent Anti-immigrant Law
AffiliationUniv Arizona, Dept Community Environm & Policy, Mel & Enid Zuckerman Coll Publ Hlth
Univ Arizona, Mexican Amer Studies, Coll Social & Behav Sci
access to care
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PublisherFRONTIERS MEDIA SA
CitationGómez S and O'Leary AO (2019) “On Edge All the Time”: Mixed-Status Households Navigating Health Care Post Arizona's Most Stringent Anti-immigrant Law. Front. Public Health 6:383. doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2018.00383
JournalFRONTIERS IN PUBLIC HEALTH
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AbstractArizona's state-level policies restricting undocumented immigrants' access to public benefits continue to have implications on mixed-status households' accessibility to care. More notably, the effects of prolonged stress, anxiety and trauma remain unaddressed whilst mental health services continue to be absent. This article examines the healthcare experiences of mixed-status households after Arizona's SB1070 ("Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act") was passed. Arizona Senate Bill 1070 (SB1070) was state legislation empowering police to detain individuals unable to prove their citizenship upon request. Of particular interest is how households navigate accessibility to care when members have varied immigration statuses, hence, varied healthcare availability. Interviews with 43 households in Tucson, Arizona, 81% of which had at least one undocumented member, reveal barriers and promoters to care. Barriers include complexity of applications, fear and trepidation in seeking care. Promoters include discount care programs that are a vital source of care as well as discretionary practices exercised by front-line staff. Findings have implications beyond Arizona as immigrants settle in new destination states while the current Trump administration borrows from Arizona's anti-immigrant policies.
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SponsorsHispanic Women's Corporation; Zuckerman Family Foundation Public Health Student Scholarship; College of Public Health; Marshall Dissertation Fellowship
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