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Presentations and Invited Talks


“Examining Barriers to Health Care for Immigrants in Boston under "Universal" Coverage.” Migration and Health Workshop, International Migration Program, University of California-Los Angeles, March 6, 2015.


“What Healthcare Reform Means for Immigrants: A Comparison of the Massachusetts and ACA Health Reforms. Paper presented at the Washington, D.C. Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, December 7, 2014.


"Excluded and Frozen Out: Unauthorized Immigrants’ (Non)Access to Care after Healthcare Reforms.” With Helen Marrow at  American Sociological Association, August 17, 2014.


“The MA and ACA Health Reforms: Implications for Marginalized Populations.” James House Retirement Symposium, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, June 2, 2014.








Immigrants' Health and Healthcare Access in the U.S.

As an immigration researcher, I wanted to explore the intersection of immigration and health policy in MA. The aims of this project were to more comprehensively examine MA health policy, its similarities to the ACA, and how immigrants in MA navigate the state's healthcare system post-reform. For this project, I conducted 70 qualitative interviews in English, Brazilian Portuguese, and Spanish with Brazilian and Dominican immigrants, healthcare providers who serve immigrant and minority populations, and leaders of immigrant and health organizations in Boston.  


In addition to asking immigrant respondents about their current health outcomes and experiences accessing healthcare in the U.S., I also inquired about their pre-migration health status and experiences with the healthcare systems in Brazil and the Dominican Republic. This allowed me to explore how they "transnationally" negotiate their health "here" in the U.S. and "there" in their home countries.


Funding for this project came from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Scholars Program.




Manuscripts in Progress


 “Citizenship Matters: Examining Health Service Use Differences between U.S. and Foreign-Born Latinos” with Margarita Alegria (2nd author), under review. 


"What Healthcare Rform Means for Immigrants: A Comparison of the Massachusetts and Affordable Care Act Health Reform Policies, Revise and Resubmit.


"Frozen Out: Unauthorized Immigrants' Access to Care after Healthcare Reforms" with Helen Marrow (1st author), under review.


Policy Brief

“How Health Reform Excludes UnauthorizedImmigrants-And Why That Needs to Change.” With Helen Marrow, SSN Key Findings (July), Available at 


Volunteering at the Brazilian Women's Group in MA

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