The world is on the move, making immigration a vital factor in society. And while cultural sensitivity has long been essential in the training of health care providers, the concept of immigrant health has expanded greatly, encompassing a multidisciplinary, biopsychosocial perspective for what was once considered a fringe specialty.
The Encyclopedia of Immigrant Health distills the knowledge base of the field with background articles on broader concerns and alphabetically-arranged entries on the gamut of salient topics. Contributors represent disciplines from within the health and mental health fields (medicine, psychology, health education, nursing) and outside them (law, human rights, social work) for a well-rounded overview of immigrant concerns. Throughout, the Encyclopedia frames the issues authoritatively, modeling diversity and inclusiveness in the healing community. And it's written to be useful to non-medical readers as well as health care professionals. Included in the coverage:
· A brief history of immigration processes and health issues in the U.S.
· Health determinants of immigrants.
· Culture-specific diagnoses.
· Complementary and alternative medicine.
· Ethical issues in clinical and research contexts.
· Concise articles on immigrant health topics, from acculturation to vaccination, with references to print and web resources.
The Encyclopedia of Immigrant Health is an indispensable guide to a dynamic and rapidly evolving field, and it is certain to enhance the work of health care providers, public health professionals, agency personnel, advocates, and policymakers.