A Content Analysis Of US Sanctuary Immigration Policies: Implications For Research In Social Determinants Of Health.

TitleA Content Analysis Of US Sanctuary Immigration Policies: Implications For Research In Social Determinants Of Health.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2021
AuthorsOrtiz R, Farrell-Bryan D, Gutierrez G, Boen C, Tam V, Yun K, Venkataramani AS, Montoya-Williams D
JournalHealth Aff (Millwood)
Volume40
Issue7
Pagination1145-1153
Date Published2021 Jul
ISSN1544-5208
Abstract

Restrictive immigration policies are important social determinants of health, but less is known about the health implications and health-related content of protective immigration policies, which may also represent critical determinants of health. We conducted a content analysis of types, themes, and health-related language in 328 "sanctuary" policies enacted between 2009 and 2017 in the United States. Sanctuary policies were introduced in thirty-two states and Washington, D.C., most frequently in 2014 and 2017. More than two-thirds of policies (67.6 percent) contained language related to health, including direct references to access to services. Health-related themes commonly co-occurred with language related to supporting immigrants in communities, including themes of antidiscrimination, inclusion, trust, and privacy. Our work provides foundational, nuanced data about the scope and nature of sanctuary policies that can inform future research exploring the impacts of these policies on health and health care.

DOI10.1377/hlthaff.2021.00097
Alternate JournalHealth Aff (Millwood)
PubMed ID34228526