Author(s): Harborview Medical Center physicians Dr. Vaidehi Pidaparti and Dr. Elizabeth Dawson-Hahn, with contributions from Dr. Anisa Ibrahim, Dr. Suzinne Pak-Gorstein and Dr. Abigail Grant

Date Authored: February 14, 2020

Pediatricians have a unique role in caring for and supporting immigrant children, and this toolkit is meant to provide relevant and practical information that will empower providers in Washington to promote the health and well-being of their immigrant patients. 

The Toolkit contains:

  • New Immigrant Screening and Care Guidelines Adapted from Harborview Medical Center Pediatric Clinic (Immigrant Status Definitions, Proposed Patient Care and Follow-up Plan, Lab Screening Checklist, Parasitic Disease Presumptive Treatment, Migration Health Template, Eligibility for Government Funded Programs Based on Immigration Status)
  • Highlights from the American Academy of Pediatrics Immigrant Health Toolkit
  • Bullying Resources from the Northwest Immigrant and Refugee Health Coalition 
  • Know Your Rights – A Guide to Your Rights When Interacting with Law Enforcement
  • Family Preparedness Plans from Legal Counsel for Youth and Children (WA-specific) and the Oregon Legal Center
  • NILC Protecting Access to Healthcare – fact sheet with guidance regarding how healthcare staff can “prepare for and respond to (a) enforcement actions by immigration officials and (b) interactions with law enforcement that could result in immigration consequences for their patients.”
  • Attorney List compiled by the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project of attorneys in the greater Seattle area who specialize in immigration law
  • Supporting Young Children Experiencing Separation and Trauma – Resources for Adults Who Care for Them: a compendium of resources from Zero to Three on addressing infant mental health including state-based information on contacts and recommended approaches
  • Additional Resources: include a support letter template and a list of consulting providers available to provide consultation and support in patient care, or to receive referrals for patients including those that are medically or socially complex

Also from the American Academy of Pediatrics

The Impact of Racism on Child and Adolescent Health
August 2019 AAP Policy Statement on Organizational Principles to Guide and Define the Child Health Care System and/or Improve the Health of all Children.

Trauma-informed Pediatric Care for Children of Immigrant or Refugee Status (April 2019 AAP Webinar)

Woman holding baby
Photo by Ospedale Pediatrico Bambino Gesù (cc license).