Issue in Immigration Mini-Series

Identifying explanations of the Hispanic Health Paradox, immigrant adaptation, and neighborhood effects on health.

A PSC Brown Bag Seminar

Fernando Riosmena (University of Colorado Boulder, Population Program & Department of Geography)

Monday, 11/26/2018, 12:00 pm to 1:25 pm.   ARCHIVED EVENT

Location: 1430 ISR - Thompson

Hispanics in the United States exhibit great heterogeneity in health outcomes depending on the outcome itself as well as on national origin group, nativity & age at immigration/duration of stay, and neighborhood characteristics. I provide an overview of different mechanisms that may explain this variation, presenting results of finished and more recent research pointing to a combination of self-selection in immigration (and living arrangements), protection, and cumulative disadvantage processes that combine to produce a mixed bag of Hispanic Health. I wrap up by discussing recent developments in immigration and social policy, which suggest the continuation and exacerbation of several ominous trends challenging Hispanic health in the future.


Fernando Riosmena is Associate Professor at the Population Program and the Geography Sociology Department at the University of Colorado at Boulder, and Associate Director of the University of Colorado Population Center. Riosmena’s research aims at explaining trends and heterogeneity in the chronic and mental health of Latin American immigrants in the United States, examining their status upon arrival, how this health status changes over the immigrant experience as immigrants incorporate in destinations or re-incorporate in sending areas upon returning, and for subsequent generations. His more recent, ongoing work is particularly interested in understanding the role of immigration and social policies in Hispanic health. In addition, Riosmena’s research aims at improving understanding of the theories, drivers, empirical measurement, and analytical strategies to analyze spatial mobility, with a particular focus on the social, economic, policy, and environmental factors likely influencing international migration between Mexico and the United States.

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