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Psychosocial Intervention

versão On-line ISSN 2173-4712versão impressa ISSN 1132-0559

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RAMIREZ GARCIA, Jorge I.. Mental health care for Latino immigrants in the U.S.A. and the quest for global health equities. Psychosocial Intervention [online]. 2012, vol.21, n.3, pp.305-318. ISSN 2173-4712.  http://dx.doi.org/10.5093/in2012a27.

Currently, approximately 190 million immigrants world-wide live in host societies located in countries that have higher economic resources and political power than the countries of origin of immigrants. In this paper I use ecological and system theories (eco-systems) to frame the relationship between Latino immigrants and the host society in the U.S.A. The eco-system perspective highlights that policies and initiatives to address the mental health care of Latino immigrants must weigh dilemmas such as: (a) containing the costs of care while providing high quality (efficacious) care, and (b) the power inequity between immigrants and their host society. I posit that Social Justice/Public Health frameworks are needed to address these dilemmas because they are mindful of the receiving community needs, inclusive of immigrants, as well as of other marginalized populations. The framework is consistent with the proposed focus on Health Equity in public health in the U.S. (Braveman et al., 2011) and is relevant for the global phenomenon of immigration.

Palavras-chave : ecological; immigration; latinos; public health; social justice.

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