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Lisa Sun-Hee Park

Professor of Asian American Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara

Park will study medical deportations, or the involuntary removal of chronically ill or severely injured immigrants to other nations to avoid the burden of health care costs. Using qualitative interviews and policy analysis, she will analyze the historical and social contexts of this little-known practice and explore its implications for public health and immigration policy. She will also study how immigration advocates and the health care providers and administrators of hospitals and clinics that serve large numbers of low-income immigrant patients have responded to this phenomenon.


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