Life in America: Hazardous to immigrants’ health?

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Excerpted from UCLA Newsroom

America is a nation of immigrants, drawn from all parts of the world by the promise of freedom and a good life for themselves and their children. But a substantial body of evidence suggests that for the newly arrived, life in the United States can be hazardous to their well-being. When they get here, immigrants are on average healthier than their native-born American counterparts. But the longer they stay, the worse they fare on measures such as heart disease, hypertension, diabetes and mental health.

The factors contributing to the declining health status of immigrant groups over time and through the generations are as varied and complex as the panoply of cultures that comprise our immigrant-rich country.

Faculty at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, including Drs. Gilbert Gee, Marjorie Kagawa-Singer, and May Wang, are working on identifying factors contributing to the declining health status of immigrant groups that’s occurring over time and through the generations. 

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