Immigration & Health
- Racism and trauma have well-documented detrimental impacts on the long-term health of children, so it is unsurprising that the United States' recent xenophobic public policies and climate of racial tension is damaging the health of the country's largest population of minority youth, Latinos [1,2]. Since January 2017, the United States has seen widely publicized and debated changes in our immigration policy including restrictions targeting those from Muslim nations, plans to build a wall along the southern U.S.
- The Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM) is the most influential and largest organization of multidisciplinary, professional adolescent and young adult providers in the world. Each of us has our own inherent value, unique skills, and undeniable talents to improve the physical and psychological health and well-being of all adolescents and young adults; to share and learn from each other methods of improved clinical care, health promotion, education, and research; to advocate for all adolescents and young adults; and to support, connect, collaborate, and cultivate our relationships and friendships, and care for each other.
- Latinos are the largest minority group in the United States, expected to make up 29% of the nation's population by 2060, but this growing population's access to health care is limited by disproportionate rates of uninsurance and underutilization of care [1–3]. Latinos are also the youngest racial-ethnic group in the country: 32% of Latinos are less than 18 years old, and 26% are Millennials, between 18 and 33 years old . The adolescents and young adults in this large and heterogeneous group face numerous disparities in their health outcomes, including higher rates of obesity and worse reproductive and mental health outcomes, when compared with white peers [5,6].
- The study of immigrant youth development has been an issue for numerous decades now, and research in this area can only be expected to grow further because of the unprecedented increase in international migration  and the high and ever increasing rates of young (15–29 years) newcomer migrants worldwide. Population growth in many developed countries (e.g., throughout Europe and the US) is driven increasingly by positive net migration and decreasingly by natural population increases . This means that greater proportions of these populations will comprise youth with immigrant backgrounds.