Immigrant children are the fastest growing segment of the U.S. population; one in every four children lives in an immigrant family. Children from immigrant families can experience a number of challenges to their health, safety, and well-being, including poverty, lack of health insurance, and language barriers. Immigrant children may also face unique challenges and stressors related to their migration experiences and separation from family members.
The following resources provide information for pediatricians who are caring for newly arrived immigrant children.
Legal and Resettlement IssueS
- Accompanying the AAP Immigrant Child Health Toolkit, this directory provides a state by state list of organizations that can help address the legal and advocacy needs of immigrant families.
- The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) operates a Parent Hotline for parents seeking to locate their children in ORR care.
Health Care Links
- This toolkit provides practical information and resources for pediatricians to address common matters related to immigrant child health including clinical care issues.
- The US Department of Health and Human Services website maintains a State by State list of Health Centers to help find health
Emergency Preparedness and Public Health Issues
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention maintains information about the federal humanitarian response to unaccompanied immigrant children.
• Promoting Tolerance and Peace in Children: Tips for Parents and Schools (a communication piece between
physician and families)
• Anthrax as a Biological Weapon(JAMA)Updated recommendations for management
• Index Case of Fatal Inhalational Anthrax Due to Bioterrorism in the United StatesL.M. Bush et al., New England Journal of Medicine
Cutaneous Anthrax InfectionK.J. Roche et al., New England Journal of Medicine
• WIC-Approved Formula ListIncludes a complete list of approved formulas as well as other WIC-approved foods. Also contains procedures for making and approving formula requests.
• Information on the symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of necrotizing fasciitis from Public Health – Seattle and King County.
• Family and Patient Care Educational MaterialsDiagnosis-specific educational tools to be used by healthcare professionals who care for children with the following diagnoses: autism, Down syndrome and epilepsy.
• Obesity Evaluation and TreatmentGuidelines developed by an expert committee convened by MCHB, HRSA and DHHS.
• Pediatric Office Guide to Oral Health Care (PDF) Questions, examples and recommendations to help medical staff with caries risk assessment.
• American Academy of PediatricsHas 57,000 members including pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists and pediatric surgical specialists.
• American Academy of Pediatric DentistryThe membership organization representing the specialty of pediatric dentistry
• American Medical AssociationCommitted to standards, ethics, excellence in medical education and practice, and advocacy on behalf of the medical profession and the patients it serves
• Harborview Injury Prevention and Research CenterOne of the premier institutions researching how and why people suffer injuries and what can be done to prevent them
• The Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Society (PCICS)Formed to provide an optimum forum to promote excellence in pediatric cardiac critical care medicine
Washington Chapter of the American Academy of PediatricsAn organization of AAP-certified pediatricians in the state of Washington
A Wealth of Helpful Links
Find information and links to answer many common questions on childhood immunization.
HealthyChildren.org is a parenting website produced by the American Academy of Pediatrics. It contains general information related to child health as well as more specific guidance on parenting issues including information regarding the American Academy of Pediatrics’ many programs and activities, policies and guidelines, publications, and other child health resources.
American Academy of Pediatrics
Dedicated to the health and well-being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults.
ChooseMyPlate.gov provides practical information to individuals, health professionals, nutrition educators, and the food industry to help consumers build healthier diets with resources and tools for dietary assessment, nutrition education, and other user-friendly nutrition information. As Americans are experiencing epidemic rates of being overweight and obesity, the online resources and tools can empower people to make healthier food choices for themselves, their families, and their children.
General Healthcare Websites
- U.S. National Library of Medicine databases and electronic information resources
- U.S. National Library of Medicine's free search engine for MEDLINE containing over 12 million citations
- U.S. Centers for Disease Control site for information about infectious diseases, immunizations and international travel
- U.S. National Guideline Clearinghouse
- Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, putting prevention into practice based on U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendations
- "Reliable Health Information" from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
- National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
- RWJ Funded General Pediatric Directory by Donna M. D'Alessandro, MD, at the University of Iowa
- National Organization of Rare Disorders
- Oxford Center for Evidence-Based Medicine
More Pediatric Websites
(NOTE: The medical resources listed below are provided for informational use only and do not replace the direct advice of a healthcare professional. Please contact our office for specific information regarding your child’s health.)
American Academy of Pediatrics
Healthy Children — The AAP’s officially sponsored website with a wealth of information for parents
Centers for Disease Control
Traveler’s Health — Up-to-date information on medical recommendations prior to and during travel abroad
Vaccines & Immunizations: Basic and Common Questions — Addresses frequently asked questions regarding vaccinations
Other Helpful Links: