Access to health care for undocumented immigrants: A resource for policy makers and advocates

November 20, 2019

Professor Cecelia Ayon of  University of California Riverside’s Center for Social Innovation recently published a report on Undocumented Older Adults’ health needs in the Inland Empire. The study aimed to shed light on the experiences of undocumented older adults’ health status and process of accessing care. In-depth semi-structured interviews were used to facilitate dialogue with undocumented older adults.

Findings from the qualitative study indicate that “undocumented older adults experience health needs that require medical attention; many have minimal to no access to health care services or pay for services out of pocket, which is not sustainable overtime. While the state of California has been at the forefront of implementing policies that support immigrant integration, including health for all children, undocumented older adults remain without access to health care. Akin to children, older undocumented adults are a vulnerable segment of the population who need to be supported and cared for.”

Professor Ayon previously worked with Cal-IHEA on this topic through our Evidence to Action Award, which supports UC and CSU investigators through 12-month awards to expedite the uptake of evidence-based practices, interventions, and policies to appropriate end-users. Read about her work with UndocuElders in the Inland Empire here!