Children of Immigrants Series II: Webinar II


Food Insecurity and Access to Health Care: Critical Issues for the Development of Young Children of Immigrants


DESCRIPTION: Food insecurity and access to public health insurance for children within immigrant families are critical public health concerns. This webinar will provide an in-depth look at the negative impact of food insecurity on the health of young children of immigrants in the U.S.  A special focus is given to understanding connections between household food insecurity, family and neighborhood characteristics, and young children’s development.  Additionally, the potential benefits of public insurance expansions on the health of young children within immigrant families will be examined. Implications for future research and policy recommendations to better address food security and health care needs will also be discussed.

Justin Denney, Ph.D.; Associate Professor of Sociology, Washington State University
“Food Insecurity in Households with Young Children”

Kevin A. Gee, Ed.D.; Associate Professor in the School of Education, University of California at Davis
“Parenting While Food Insecure: Links between Adult Food Insecurity, Parenting Aggravation and Children’s Behaviors”

Erin Bronchetti, Ph.D.; Associate Professor of Economics, Swarthmore College
“Public Insurance Expansions and the Health of Immigrant and Native Children”

Neeraj Kaushal, Ph.D.; Professor of Social Policy, Columbia University School of Social Work


Dr. Denney is principally interested in understanding how families and the places that individuals spend time in shape health and mortality disparities. His current projects are focused on better understanding how the social and physical characteristics of the places children and adults live, work, and play impact outcomes such as household food insecurity, child health, and adult mortality; how family formations and socioeconomic resources matter independently and in combination with place-based characteristics for overall health; and how intimate relationships, socioeconomic status, gender, and race/ethnicity, contribute to sexual minority health disparities. His work often involves multi-disciplinary collaborations and has been supported by the Health Disparities Scholar Program at the National Institutes of Health, the University of Kentucky Center for Poverty Research, the Foundation for Child Development, and the Houston Endowment.

Dr. Gee’s primary research agenda focuses on the nexus between health and education. He examines the role that schooling systems can play in influencing the health and well-being of children. In addition, he investigates how school policies and programs can help promote the well-being and educational outcomes of children who face a broad array of adverse conditions and experiences including school bullying, food insecurity, and abuse and neglect. Dr. Gee also has expertise in conducting large-scale evaluations of educational policies and programs using experimental and quasi-experimental designs. His research appears in Teachers College RecordJournal of Adolescent HealthAmerican Journal of EvaluationJournal of Adolescence and the International Journal of Educational Development. His work has also been featured in The New York TimesScientific American, Reuters, and Education Week.

Dr. Bronchetti is an Associate Professor in the Department of Economics at Swarthmore College and a Research Economist at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Her research focuses primarily on measuring the impacts of social insurance and social safety net programs, including Medicaid/CHIP, Workers’ Compensation, and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly Food Stamps), on the health and wellbeing of their target populations. One strand of her work examines how dramatic changes in immigrants’ eligibility for public health insurance have impacted the health care utilization and health of children in immigrant families. Dr. Bronchetti’s recent research has been supported by the US Department of Agriculture, the Russell Sage Foundation, the National Bureau of Economic Research, the University of Kentucky Center for Poverty Research, and the Upjohn Institute for Employment Research.

Dr. Kaushal’s current research includes labor market impacts of foreign-trained registered nurses and physicians, how immigration of foreign-trained physicians impacts healthcare use and health outcomes of the U.S. population, cross-national research on immigration in the United States and Canada, the impact of local policies (such as local immigration enforcement and state DREAM Acts) on the health and mental health of undocumented immigrants, the effect of the Syrian refugee crisis on electoral preferences in Turkey, and the long-term impact of tribal resettlement in India.

Dr. Kaushal is the author of Blaming Immigrants: Nationalism and the Economics of Global Movement(2018, Columbia University Press), in which she investigates the core causes of rising disaffection towards immigrants globally and tests common complaints against immigration. She has authored or co-authored over 50 peer-reviewed scientific articles and book chapters on immigrants and other vulnerable populations. She writes a monthly column in the Economic Times, India’s largest financial daily, and she is currently working on a documentary on tribesfolk in India.