Funders are supporting efforts to ensure immigrant families feel safe accessing health care services, maintain health coverage and have their voices heard at the policy level. These efforts are in response to new research at the national and local level which reveal how immigrant families are changing aspects of their daily lives. From their use of health care and public health programs, to limiting driving, seeking jobs and visiting local parks, due to fear of deportation.
These efforts are vital. Restrictive immigration policies and increased enforcement are causing fear and toxic stress that affects the health of immigrant families and impacts the entire community. They are facing uncertainty about their legal status and fear they may lose permission to remain in the U.S. This has made daily life more difficult for families, and the effect on children can have lifelong consequences. In Alameda County, where more than half of children have at least one parent born outside the US according to the US Census Bureau, this has a negative impact on the entire community.
How is philanthropy responding to this need here in the Bay Area? What are the opportunities for collaboration to increase our impact? Join us at the next Bay Area Health Funders Group meeting for an in-depth working group conversation with your foundation colleagues about the strategies you are using to support immigrant communities and how we can leverage our efforts.