The USC IIGH Student Advisory Council hosted a film screening and discussion around immigration and health. Attendees were able to learn from leaders on immigration issues and meet with organizations within Los Angeles and at USC about ways in which they can get involved.
Sparked by backlash to a neo-Nazi rally and a stream of strict anti-immigrant laws passing in Arizona, a group of activists organize to build Phoenix Allies for Community Health, a unique free clinic serving undocumented immigrants. The film follows their journey, delves into the heart and history of the clinic, and chronicles the poignant stories of undocumented patients as well as their courage and resilience. HEALTH UNDOCUMENTED captures the inspirational birth of a local grassroots movement, full of beautiful human portraits including those of doctors, nurses, and activists who would stop at nothing to make a difference.
Tuesday, September 17, 2019
6:00 – 8:00 PM
1450 Biggy St, Los Angeles, CA 90033
Director, USC Institute on Inequalities in Global Health
Sofia Gruskin directs the USC Institute on Inequalities in Global Health and founded its Program on Global Health & Human Rights at the University of Southern California. She holds an appointment as professor of preventive medicine and serves as chief of the Policy and Global Health division at the Keck School of Medicine of USC Department of Preventive Medicine. In addition, she is a professor of law at the USC Gould School of Law, affiliate faculty member with the Department of American Studies and Ethnicity and the Spatial Sciences Institute—both at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences—and serves on the USC Academic Senate Executive Board. She leads the USC Law & Global Health Collaboration alongside professors Alexander Capron and Charlie Kaplan from USC Gould School of Law and USC Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, respectively.
Dr. Parveen Parmar
Chief, Division of Global Emergency Medicine
Founder, Southern California Physicians for Health Equity
Dr. Parmar’s research has focused on the study of health and human rights violations in refugees and internally displaced populations. Dr. Parmar has supported health care for refugees and other vulnerable persons globally in multiple settings–on issues such as emergency care delivery, maternal and child health, gender-based violence, and primary care provision. In January 2017, Dr. Parmar founded Southern California Physicians for Health Equity, a group committed to protecting access to care for all patients, including undocumented immigrants; protecting gains made by the ACA; advocating for single-payer health care; and advocating for politicians and legislation that serve patients’ needs. Dr. Parmar is the Chief of the Division of Global Emergency Medicine at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine, where she is an Associate Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine.
Director, Pro Bono and Capacity Building, Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project
Heidy uses her passion for immigrant rights and years of experience as a removal defense attorney to connect private law firms and practitioners to Esperanza’s mission of providing pro bono legal representation to the most vulnerable people in the Los Angeles Area – immigrants facing deportation from the U.S. Prior to her current position, Heidy represented survivors of trauma seeking legal status in the United States as well as mentally ill detained adults at the Adelanto Detention Center. Heidy immigrated to the United States from Guatemala as a teenager and knows first-hand the struggles of being an undocumented student and a first-generation college graduate. While a student at UCLA, she contributed to the publication of the book, Underground Undergrad, UCLA Undocumented Immigrant Students Speak Out. After graduating from UCLA, Heidy joined the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA) as a program manager, where she pioneered innovative programs for civic engagement and co-founded CHIRLA’s sister organization, the CHIRLA Action Fund. This, along with her own immigrant experience motivated Heidy to attend Loyola Law School. Her current position at Esperanza allows her to continue fulfilling her life’s passion of advocating for immigrant rights in the United States.
Dr. Todd Schneberk
Director of Border Health, Keck USC Asylum Clinic
Todd is an assistant professor of clinical emergency medicine and an assistant program director of the Los Angeles County+USC Emergency Medicine Residency program. He also holds an appointment as faculty in the USC Gehr Center for Health Systems Science and Innovation as well as Director of Border Health for the Keck USC Asylum Clinic. He completed his residency in emergency medicine at LAC+USC Medical Center and subsequently a fellowship in health policy and research at UCLA. His research and advocacy interests include social determinants of health, immigration status as a health barrier, opioid use disorder and leveraging the Emergency Department to address upstream factors affecting the health and stability of vulnerable populations.
- Immigrant Health: Anchoring Public Health Practice in a Justice Framework
- Included, but Deportable: A New Public Health Approach to Policies That Criminalize and Integrate Immigrants
- Ensuring Compliance With Quarantine by Undocumented Immigrants and Other Vulnerable Groups: Public Health Versus Politics