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Quetzales de Salud: How Patient Navigation and Accompaniment Can Improve Access to Quality Healthcare for Undocumented Immigrants
June 21, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
COVID-19 has exposed and exacerbated existing health disparities in the United States, disproportionately affecting medically underserved communities. Today, an estimated 7.1 million undocumented immigrants who are uninsured do not have access to a trusted health care provider. National anti-immigrant rhetoric and limited access to health insurance have served as deterrents from seeking care when faced with life-threatening medical emergencies and establishing long-term primary medical care.
In light of the growing need for information and guidance among the immigrant community, students at Harvard Medical School partnered with community leaders in New Jersey to bridge this gap. Their goal is to provide accurate and timely medical information about COVID-19, provide access to screening, and appropriate triage based on symptomatology and risk stratification. Recognizing that the needs of the community reach far beyond COVID-19, the foundation of Quetzales de Salud was defined as a more general effort to improve access to medical care for uninsured immigrants.
Their team is led by more than 70 student volunteers, health professionals, and local community leaders from all across the United States. Volunteers are trained or affiliated with the following institutions: Harvard Medical School, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, UCSF College of Medicine, University of Florida, NYU, Columbia, and Stanford Medicine.
Please join us on June 21 at 1pm ET via Zoom as we learn about the impactful resources provided by Quetzales de Salud with a special presentation from Silvia Huerta Lopez and Brendan Eappen.Register Now