Media advisory

Health Policy Day 2018 addresses immigration and health
Feb 8, 2018

What: Immigration and Health: How Far Does Care Lead?

A day of health policy learning

When: Friday, Feb. 9, noon – 5 p.m.

Where: Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine

Athens – Irvine Hall 194, West Green Drive, Athens, Ohio

Dublin – MEB1-331, 6775 Bobcat Way, Dublin, Ohio

Cleveland - SPS-110, 4180 Warrensville Center Road,

Warrensville Heights, Ohio

Immigration is one of the hottest of hot-button issues today. And the impact that U.S. immigration policies may have on the health of immigrants makes this a crucial area of concern for many care providers as well. In its 2018 Health Policy Day for medical students on Feb. 9, the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine will give students a chance to look at the intersection of medicine, immigration, and the responsibilities of health professionals in this volatile, rapidly changing environment. Media are invited to attend at any Heritage College location.

The Heritage College’s annual Health Policy Day lets future doctors delve deeply into a particular issue or set of issues relevant to health care, to keep them informed and remind them of the importance of being learned participants in public policy debate. This year’s event will feature two panel discussions, looking at the responsibilities of health care providers and of public health advocates in a time when U.S. immigration policy faces radical change.

Panelists will include caregivers, administrators and community activists who work with immigrant populations in Ohio, through organizations including Physicians CareConnection, Columbus Refugee and Immigration Services, Cleveland Clinic, PrimaryOne Health, and the Columbus Mennonite Church.  Also featured will be videos from Heritage College students, sharing how the immigration issue has affected them as individuals and caregivers, and talking about how caring for an immigrant population resonates with the college’s commitments to serve the underserved and promote cultural sensitivity in health care.

The Heritage College will distribute a post-event news release, recounting the day’s activities, with photos available by request. For a copy of the afternoon’s agenda, or to receive the news release, contact:

Jim Phillips

Heritage College Office of External Relations

740.593.2202 or

Event organizers

Daniel Skinner, Ph.D., assistant professor of health policy, Heritage College, Dublin

                          / 614.793.5590

Berkeley Franz, Ph.D., assistant professor of community-based health, Heritage College, Athens


Sarah Rubin, Ph.D., assistant professor of medical anthropology, Heritage College, Cleveland