North Carolina Pediatrician Julie Linton Advocating on Behalf of Immigrant Children

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Julie M. Linton, MD, FAAP, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Wake Forest School of Medicine and a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Immigrant Health Special Interest Group, is joining her colleagues at AAP to call on legislators in Washington to prioritize the needs of immigrant children as Congress considers federal immigration reform legislation, reminding them that social determinants of health, including immigration status, underlie most health issues. As a North Carolina pediatrician who cares for immigrant children, Linton has witnessed firsthand just how important access to health-insurance coverage is to keeping children healthy across the lifespan. As the population of children in immigrant families increases in the US, Linton argues, we must support the health and well-being of these children by implementing cross-sector collaboration that is inspired by compassion, informed by data, and moved forward through hard work and cooperation.

Click below to watch Dr. Linton’s presentation “Family Immigration_Status_as_SDH_Community_Engagement_January 2017.”


Julie Linton, MD, FAAP, is a board certified pediatrician at Wake Forest School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She completed her undergraduate studies at Duke University, medical training at Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, and a residency in pediatrics at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Follow her on Twitter @juliemlinton.

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