Determining the health needs of children of Chinese and Vietnamese immigrant families in Philadelphia

According to recent national data, about one-fourth of children from immigrant families do not have health insurance, which is more than twice the rate of children who are native born. Limited language proficiency is a significant hurdle in obtaining health insurance and subsequent health care. This grant provides support to Philadelphia Citizens for Children and Youth, the city's leading children's advocacy agency, in undertaking an inquiry to identify the issues associated with health access among children in immigrant communities and offering some tangible solutions to the challenges faced. Project deliverables include the conduct of four focus groups with Chinese and Vietnamese participants, interviews with school nurses, signage and language surveys of the three children's hospitals and eight city health centers, a report on the findings, and a public forum to disseminate the recommendations. The project will be considered successful if one of the children's hospitals institutes new signage and informational materials, one hospital hosts an interpreter bank for the targeted population, the Department of Public Health creates health education materials in a targeted language, and more children of immigrant parents have access to ambulatory care facilities in lieu of the emergency department.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $50,000.00

Awarded on: 12/15/2003

Time frame: 1/1/2004 - 12/31/2004

Grant Number: 49106


Philadelphia Citizens for Children and Youth

7 Ben Franklin Parkway, 6th Floor
Philadelphia, 19103-1208


Alisa Simon
Project Director