The Council on Immigrant Child and Family Health (COICFH) was created in July 2019. The Council is comprised of approximately 300 AAP members who are committed to promoting the care of immigrant children and youth.
The AAP-CA2 invites you to join the Immigrant Health Committee in monthly meetings to discuss the status of relief efforts being undertaken in the Los Angeles area and in the Inland Empire, and to synthesize support strategies for providers caring for migrant children.
AAP National Immigrant Child Health Toolkit
Children of immigrants are the fastest growing population of children in the United States and have contributed to the entire growth in the nation’s child population over the past decade. Immigrant families are racially and ethnically diverse, and immigrate for variety of reasons that may include seeking economic opportunity, reuniting with family, fleeing war or violence.
Pediatricians can play a special role in supporting the health and well-being of immigrant children in the United States. By recognizing the unique challenges and strengths that many immigrants experience; pediatricians can identify effective practice strategies and relevant resources that support health within the community.
This toolkit was designed to provide practical information and resources for pediatricians to address common matters related to immigrant child health. To develop the toolkit, the AAP gathered and developed content that addresses issues that AAP members have raised regarding providing optimal care to immigrant children and families. Those issues are addressed throughout the toolkit. As the AAP continues its work on immigrant child health issues, this content will be expanded.
A state by state directory of legal resources will also be provided to help pediatricians determine local services and potential partners to help immigrant families with a variety of issues. Information in this toolkit is for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice.
For more information about this toolkit, contact the Council on Community Pediatrics.
Council on Immigrant Child and Family Health (COICFH)
Caring for Unaccompanied Minors Town Hall
AAP-CA2 Immigrant Toolkit
- This toolkit was created to provide a centralized list of resources for recently arrived immigrant youths and their families in Los Angeles County. It is intended as a provider-facing resource, with information for medical providers, social workers, case managers, teachers or school officials and anyone else who may work with immigrant youth and families.
Update: March 16, 2021
The resources listed in this toolkit were last verified and updated February, 2021. Many of these resources have been added to One Degree, a free interactive resource platform that verifies contact information every 6 months. Please click HERE to check out our page on One Degree for our corresponding resource lists and/or the individual website for the resource for the most updated information.
This toolkit was compiled by a dedicated group of volunteers made up of students, faculty, and staff from the Immigrant Youth Task Force at UCLA in partnership with the American Academy of Pediatrics California-2 (AAP CA-2) Chapter Immigrant Health Committee. It was made possible by generous funding from the Pritzker Center for Strengthening Children and Families. The recommendations and resources were compiled and reviewed by undergraduate and graduate students, physicians, mental health care practitioners, and lawyers, with a full list available on our Acknowledgements page. We would like to thank the National AAP Special Interest Group on Immigrant Health for their creation of an initial toolkit, and the DC and Kentucky branches of the AAP for the creation of their local toolkits, all of which served as a model for ours.