Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders face increased barriers to good health because of systemic and historic injustices. However, most or all of the disparities in health outcomes are masked because data is aggregated into one racial category instead of many diverse ethnicities.
Legislators should consider supporting the I Drive Colorado campaign because of the significant public health benefits of providing Colorado’s immigrants with a standard form of identification and the ability to drive legally.
In the almost six years of its existence, DACA has had a significant positive impact on the health of both our immigrant communities and overall public health. There is a strong connection between DACA policy and immigrant health and safety, access to health coverage and care, and our health care workforce.
As the Trump administration continues to intensify its efforts to curb immigration, Colorado legislators, public health agencies, and health care and advocacy organizations should consider immigration policy as health policy, and show leadership on these issues.
Before examining potential options for extending greater health care coverage and/or access to immigrants of varying immigration status in Colorado, we must understand the demographics and insurance status of these populations.