By CAROLINA VALDIVIA
The Healthy California Survey Project is an innovative research project led by immigrant youth. Through a research justice lens, HCSP seeks to empower the immigrant community and understand how immigrant youth navigate the barriers of the health care system.
To qualify, you must be between the ages of 18-32, living in California, and DACAmented/undocumented/DACA eligible.
Next week, July 11-13, the research team will be coming to San Diego to conduct surveys with interested immigrant youth. The San Diego Dream Team has signed on to help facilitate their visit by gathering a list of names and contact info for the HSCP to schedule individual meetings during their visit.
If you live in the San Diego area and are interested in participating in this survey sometime on July 11-13, please message me your name and phone number. A researcher from HSCP will then follow up with you to schedule a day/location to conduct the 30-45 minute survey when and where it’s most convenient for you.
If you would like to follow up with HSCP for additional questions, comments, or to participate on a different date/location, check out their official Facebook page:
I, myself, will be participating in the survey when they come to San Diego next week and I’m looking forward to contributing to the project by sharing with them my experiences regarding health access. I’ve had to search for affordable, accessible, and reliable health services for a while now, and more so now that I have graduated and DACA does not provide me with access to health coverage. A week before I graduated from my Master’s in Sociology, I went in to the school’s emergency room after dealing with overnight pain and additional symptoms. Thankfully, I recuperated soon after. However, more recently, last week, I had to find a clinic where I could be seen that same day and for an affordable price regardless of my immigration status. I ended up having to go to urgent care, where I was charged $75 for the visit and additional fees are going to be mailed to be in the next 2-3 weeks. I wish I could’ve waited longer to find a more affordable clinic, but after going for a whole week with consecutive headaches, lightheadedness, and fevers, I had to be seen sooner than later. As you can see, access to health care and services is complex for our immigrant community. My story is less complex than that of others’, but it adds to the message that we need better access to health services now, which is why I encourage anyone who qualifies and is interested, in participating. Our stories need to be told and heard.
Categories: Get involved