Philadelphia Study: Language, Transportation Difficulties Get in Way of Health Care for Chinese and Vietnamese Immigrant Children and Families

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

From January to December 2004, Philadelphia Citizens for Children and Youth explored the barriers that Vietnamese and Chinese immigrant children face in obtaining health care.

Philadelphia Citizens for Children and Youth is a nonprofit organization that works to improve the lives of children.

Key Findings

  • The organization found that transportation difficulties and limited proficiency in English were among the greatest obstacles Philadelphia's immigrant children and their families confront when they need health care.

  • The organization made recommendations on ways local government and health care providers can help overcome these obstacles to care. These agencies have acted on many of these recommendations, according to the grantee.

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