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Conference examines health care and immigration

Friday, May 15, 2009, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friend Center Convocation Room

"What Is Ailing U.S.? Health Care and Immigration -- Access and Barriers" is the title of a conference that will take place from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, May 15, in the Friend Center Convocation Room.

The conference is the culmination of a two-year research project sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and spearheaded by sociology professor Alejandro Portes, director of the Princeton Center for Migration and Development. It will bring together top administrators, physicians, nurses, community activists, elected officials and academics, many of whom originally were interviewed as part of the research project, in a dialogue about key problems, solutions and policy recommendations regarding health care provision to underserved populations, including immigrants.

Ten health care providers in the south Florida, San Diego and greater Trenton areas will be represented in this program. Highlighted will be successful initiatives that could be used as models to extend health care services to underserved populations.

The conference is open to the public but reservations are recommended by contacting Nancy Doolan, associate director of the Center for Migration and Development, at or (609) 258-3612.

The conference is sponsored by these Princeton units as well as the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation: Center for Migration and Development, Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies, Program in Latin American Studies and University Center for Human Values.

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