Clinica Film Screening/Conversation on Immigration & Health

Wednesday, February 14, 2018
2:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Worcester State University
486 Chandler Street
North/South Auditorium, Student Center
Worcester, MA 01602
United States

Please join us for an afternoon exploring immigration and the often overlooked topic of health care for undocumented immigrants.

The afternoon will begin with a historical introduction to immigration by Dr. John Galante, Assistant Teaching Professor, International & Global Studies, Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

This will be followed by a screening of the 40-minute film, after which there will be a live Skype conversation with Dr. Steve Larson, Executive Director of Puentes de Salud, Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Assistant Dean of Global Health, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.
Film Synopsis:
Clinica de Migrantes is a medical drama about a year in the life of Puentes, one of the only health clinics in the U.S. involved in the politically controversial practice of providing healthcare to undocumented immigrants. By law, illegal immigrants cannot obtain health insurance, and receive no regular medical treatment. At Puentes, a team of volunteers led by Dr. Steve Larson attend to an ever-growing population of housekeepers, prep cooks, and construction workers. Many come to Puentes after being turned away at other hospitals. Full of unforgettable patient-doctor interactions and human portraits, Clinica de Migrantes tells the story of America's true untouchable class and of the heroic few who reach out to help them.

Sponsored by the Health Sciences Department 
Free and open to the public.

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