A Content Analysis Of US Immigration Policies: Implications For Social Determinants of Health

A team including PISC Senior Spatial Analyst Vicky Tam, MA, has recently conducted a study that aimed to investigate the health implications and health-related content of protective immigration policies, as opposed to the well-documented effects of restrictive immigration policies. After conducting a content analysis of types, themes, and health-related language in 328 “sanctuary” policies enacted between 2009 and 2017 in the US, the study found that common themes included those of antidiscrimination, inclusion, trust, and privacy for immigrants in communities. The authors conclude that, "Our work provides foundational, nuanced data about the scope and nature of sanctuary policies that can inform future research exploring the impacts of these policies on health and health care."

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