Children of Immigrants Series: Webinar II


Navigating the Health and Well-being of Children of Immigrants: Access, Systems, and Outcomes

Original Recording Date: Thursday, November 9, 2017 


Description: The intersection of immigration, healthcare, and education can be challenging for children of immigrants growing up in the current sociopolitical environment. Learn about children’s access to healthcare, their physical and emotional health, and the interplay of health and educational experiences. A focus also includes how healthcare providers, families and schools can partner to better support children’s healthy development. The webinar will cover the following topics:

  • Children of immigrants’ varied enrollment in Medicaid
  • Biological embedding of stress in children of immigrants
  • The relationship between physical health and educational experiences
  • Research and Policy Recommendations
  • Q&A Discussion

Robert Crosnoe, Ph.D. - Professor and Chair of Sociology; C.B. Smith, Sr. Centennial Chair #4, The University of Texas at Austin
Amy L. Non, Ph.D., MPH - Assistant Professor of Anthropology, University of California San Diego
Eric Seiber, Ph.D. - Associate Professor, College of Public Health, Division of Health Services Management and Policy, The Ohio State University

Moderator & Discussant
Jennifer Van Hook, Ph.D. - Roy C. Buck Professor of Sociology and Demography Director, Graduate Program in Sociology, Pennsylvania State University

Speaker Bios

Robert Crosnoe, Ph.D., is the C.B. Smith, Sr. Centennial Chair #4 at the University of Texas at Austin, where he is Chair of the Department of Sociology and a faculty member in the Department of Psychology (by courtesy) and Population Research Center.  Dr. Crosnoe’s research considers the connections among health, child/adolescent development, and education and the contributions of these connections to socioeconomic and immigration-related inequalities in American society.  Two of his book titles are Mexican Roots, American Schools: Helping Mexican Immigrant Children Succeed (Stanford University Press) and Healthy Learners: A Whole Child Approach to Early Education (Teachers College Press with Claude Bonazzo and Nina Wu).  Dr. Crosnoe is Co-Director of the Interdisciplinary Collaborative on Development in Context, President-Elect of the Society for Research on Adolescence, a former member of the Governing Council for Society for Research in Child Development, a deputy editor of Journal of Marriage and Family, and member of the advisory board for the Council on Contemporary Families.

Amy L. Non, Ph.D., MPH, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology, University of California, San Diego, California.  She is a molecular anthropologist with an interest in the genetic and sociocultural contributors to racial and social inequalities in health. Currently, she is investigating how social experiences can become biologically embedded early in life to affect health throughout the life course. Through studies that integrate perspectives and methods from across disciplines of genetics, public health, anthropology, sociology, and psychology, she hopes to improve our understanding of the biological pathways through which stress can “get under the skin” and lead to disparities in health. To do this, she is exploring epigenetic mechanisms or modifications to the genome, that can link early adverse environmental exposures with altered gene expression, potentially resulting in long-term consequences for adult health and disease. Her latest project is an investigation of the biological embedding of stress experiences of children of Mexican-born immigrants living in Nashville.

Eric Seiber, Ph.D., Associate Professor at the Ohio State University – College of Public Health, Division of Health Services Management and Policy.  He earned his doctorate in Economics at Tulane University.  His research focuses on health care financing for vulnerable populations.  His current work examines both public and private insurance markets, Medicaid managed care and Medicaid enrollment.  Dr. Seiber sponsors and collaborators include the U.S. Department of Labor, the U.S. Small Business Administration, the World Health Organization, the U.S. Agency for International Development, Medicaid agencies in Ohio and South Carolina, and governments and NGOs in Latin America.

Jennifer Van Hook, Ph.D., is Roy C. Buck Professor of Sociology and Demography at the Pennsylvania State University, and a non-resident fellow at the Migration Policy Institute.  She is currently co-editor of Demography, the flagship journal for population science.  She has expertise in the demographics of immigrant populations and the socioeconomic integration of immigrants and their children, particularly on how immigrant’s legal status influences the settlement and integration process.  One strand of her work uses demographic methods to estimate the size, characteristics, and dynamics of the unauthorized foreign-born population. Another strand of her work focuses on the health and well-being of immigrants and their children.