Immigrant Child Health

Beth Dawson Hahn, MD, FAAP
Attending Physician, Harborview Medical Center and Seattle Children’s Hospital
Acting Assistant Professor, University of Washington
Department of Pediatrics Investigator, Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development, Seattle Childrenʼs Research Institute

During this time of shifting and changing national policies around immigration, we are frequently hearing in our clinic about the concerns of how these policies will affect families.  Colleagues locally and nationally are reaching out to one another to share best practices for addressing fear, trauma and resultant health sequelae. A fantastic resource for support is the AAP Immigrant Health Toolkit.

Together a team from Harborview Medical Center Pediatrics Clinic including Elizabeth Dawson-Hahn, Vaidehi Pidaparti, Anisa Ibrahim, Abby Grant and Suzinne Pak-Gorstein are putting together additional Washington-specific guidelines and resources for WCAAP, which we will look forward to sharing with you. Below you will find examples of resources available now, including clinical guidance, legal resources, and information on what benefits immigrants can access. Please feel free to contact Vaidehi if you have other questions in the meantime.

Tomorrow, November 8, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM (PST) the National Immigration Law Center is hosting a webinar for health care providers, “Creating Safer Spaces for Patients”, which will feature Dr. Julie Linton the AAP Immigrant Health SIG Co-Chair. This webinar will provide an overview of various safe space policies that have been created at clinics, hospitals, and community health centers, focusing on: the types of procedures created, lessons learned from implementation, and future plans of action. Click here to register for this webinar.

Please note that panelists on the webinar will refer to the NILC Toolkit for Health Care Providers.  NILC recommends that you at least several days before the webinar as you must be approved by an administrator to access the toolkit. We are sorry for the tight timeline! 


Harborview Medical Center New Immigrant Screening

Northwest Immigrant Rights Project – Washington Attorneys

Eligibility for Government Funded Programs based on Immigration Status in WA