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Presentations and Invited Talks


“The Growing Citizen-Noncitizen Divide: Health Care along the Documentation Status Continuum.” Latino National Health and Immigration Survey Mini-conference. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy, University of New Mexico, June 22.


“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.

The aims of this project are to more comprehensively examine MA health policy, its similarities to the ACA, and how immigrants in MA navigate the state's healthcare system under the MA and ACA reforms. From 2011-2013, 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 under the MA reform. I am now conducting a follow-up study to explore how ACA implementation has transformed immigrants' experiences applying for and access coverage and care.  


In addition to asking immigrant respondents about their current health outcomes and experiences accessing healthcare in the U.S., I also inquire about their pre-migration health status, and experiences with the healthcare systems in Brazil and the Dominican Republic. This has allowed me to explore how they "transnationally" negotiate their health "here" in the U.S. and "there" in their home countries in light of the de jure and de facto discrimination that some experience as primarily undocumented immigrants of color.


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




"Frozen Out: Unauthorized Immigrants' Access to Care after Healthcare Reforms" with Helen Marrow (1st author), Forthcoming, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies.


"What Healthcare Rform Means for Immigrants: A Comparison of the Massachusetts and Affordable Care Act Health Reform Policies, Forthcoming, Journal of Health Policy, Politics, and Law.


Manuscripts in Progress

 “Insurance Coverage among Latino Young Adults during

the Early Stages of ACA Implementation” with Veronica Terriquez (1st author), under review.


“The Growing Citizen-Noncitizen Divide: Health Care along the Documentation Status Continuum.”


“Examining Barriers to Health Care for Immigrants in Boston under the 'Universal' Massachusetts Reform.”


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


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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