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Abstract

Sladkova, Viladrich, and Freudenberg refer to “social inclusion” as the process through which the newly arrived find their voice in an already complex, cacophonous society. They describe an approach to social inclusion for adult immigrants that melds learning English at the same time as learning to negotiate our often-Byzantine health care system. They highlight programs that work and a new perspective on how to maximize the effectiveness of limited adult education opportunities.

Author Biography

Jana Sladkova is a Ph.D. candidate in the Social Personality Psychology program at the Graduate Center of City University of New York. Her dissertation research focuses on migration from Honduras to the U.S. Her work experience includes several years of teaching English to adult speakers of other languages at CUNY adult education programs; coordinating the instructional technology unit at the Literacy Assistance Center and Consortium for Worker Education; and directing an adult education program for immigrants at a community-based organization in Washington Heights, NYC.

Anahí Viladrich is a medical anthropologist and sociologist of Argentine origin. She has conducted extensive research on gender and health, and more recently has focused on immigrant health and Latinos’ barriers to health care in the U.S. Her work has received numerous awards, including the “Marisa de Castro Benton Prize” and “Distinction” awarded by Columbia University in 2003, for her Ph.D. thesis on the role of social networks in helping Argentine immigrants solve their health problems in the U.S. She is currently an Assistant Professor in Public Health at Hunter College, CUNY, where she directs the Immigration and Health Initiative.

Nicholas Freudenberg is Distinguished Professor of Public Health at Hunter College, CUNY. For the past 25 years, he has developed and evaluated community health interventions on asthma, lead poisoning, substance use, HIV, and other issues in NYC. He is co-editor, with Sandro Galea and David Vlahov, of Cities and the Health of Populations (Vanderbilt University Press, 2006).

 

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