101357: Familias in the Heartland: Exploration of the Social, Economic, and Cultural Realities of Latino Immigrants

About the Course:

Latino immigrant adults in urban and suburban communities in the greater Kansas City metropolitan area were surveyed in this study to explore the migration experiences, employment contexts, family structures, and integration processes of an emerging and rapidly growing immigrant population. The study notes a strong demand for immigrant labor and significant desire among immigrants for integration into U.S. society. The article recommends assistance to the employer-based health care system to meet the needs of these employed immigrant families, calls for investment in English acquisition and integration programs, and advocates for exploring strategies to provide affordable housing and convenient public transportation. COURSE SYLLABUS I. Methodology II Population Characteristics III Immigration Matters IV Policy Recommendations

Journal/Publisher:

(Families in Society) Alliance for Children and Families

Publication Date:

2008/ Vol. 89, No. 2

Author

Melinda Lewis, LMSW

About the Author:

Director of Policy Advocacy and Research, El Centro, Inc.

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors, psychologists, and other human services and behavioral health professionals who seek knowledge about the demographics of Hispanic culture and families. It is appropriate for participants with introductory to intermediate levels of knowledge about the topic.

Course Objectives:

  1. 1. Explore the needs and concerns of the immigrant Hispanic/Latino population.

  2. 2. Evaluate and address specifically the educational, language, employment, child care, housing, and health concerns of the studied population.

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