Health Sciences Interprofessional Collaborative: A Perspective on Migration, COVID-19, and the Impact on Indigenous Communities

Anna Landau, Brenda Sanchez, Lisa Kiser, Jill De Zapien, Elizabeth Hall-Lipsy, Diego Pina Lopez, Maia Ingram, Josefina Ahumada

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Abstract

At the United States-Mexico border, the impacts of immigration policy are dynamic with political, humanitarian, and health outcomes. This article highlights the experiences at the Casa Alitas migrant shelter in Tucson, Arizona. Casa Alitas aims to meet the needs of the im/migrants it serves, including the unique needs of indigenous asylum-seekers from Central America. We highlight the importance of community-based humanitarian response to support asylum-seekers in a way that acknowledges our shared humanity and implements specific approaches (e.g., language justice and trauma informed care). The effort at Casa Alitas is unique because in addition to other partnerships, Casa Alitas established an interprofessional collaboration between the University of Arizona Health Sciences Colleges and the Arizona State University School of Social Work. The interprofessional collaboration encourages mutual education amongst our professions and the use of our extended networks to meet the needs of im/migrants and asylum seekers in our community and the United States. We recommend the development of best practices in asylum health care, the importance of creating border-wide networks to build on local resources, and highlight the importance of exposing future health practitioners to trauma informed and culturally and linguistically appropriate care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number618107
JournalFrontiers in Sociology
Volume6
DOIs
StatePublished - May 31 2021

Keywords

  • asylum
  • border health
  • indigenous
  • interprofessional
  • migration

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)

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