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Migration and Health: A Research Methods Handbook


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The study of migrant populations poses unique challenges owing to the mobility of these groups, which may be further complicated by cultural, educational, and linguistic diversity as well as the legal status of their members. These barriers limit the usefulness of both traditional survey sampling methods and routine public health surveillance systems. Since nearly 1 in 7 people in the world is a migrant, appropriate methodological approaches must be designed and implemented to capture health data from populations. This effort is particularly important because migrant populations, in comparison to other populations, typically suffer disparities related to limited access to health care, greater exposure to infectious diseases, more occupational injuries, and fewer positive outcomes for mental health and other health conditions.

This path-breaking handbook is the first to engage with the many unique issues that arise in the study of migrant communities. It offers a comprehensive description of quantitative and qualitative methodologies useful in work with migrant populations. By providing information and practical tools, the editors fill existing gaps in research methods and enhance opportunities to address the health and social disparities migrant populations face in the United States and around the world.

About the Author

Marc B. Schenker, MD, MPH

Marc Schenker is Associate Vice Provost for Outreach and Engagement in the office of University Outreach and International Programs (since July 2012) and Professor of Public Health Sciences and Medicine, UC Davis. He is founding director of the Migration and Health Research Center, Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety, and program director for Public Health Sciences at the Center for Occupational and Environmental Health. He is codirector of the Migration and Health Center of Expertise, University of California Global Health Institute.

Dr. Schenker served as Department Chair of Public Health Sciences from 1995 to 2007. He provides leadership for UC Davis outreach and engagement efforts at the local, state and international level. He received his B.S. from UC Berkeley, his M.D. at UC San Francisco, and his M.P.H. from Harvard University. Dr. Schenker is Board Certified in Internal Medicine (Pulmonary Disease) and Preventive Medicine (Occupational Medicine). Before coming to UC Davis in 1983, Associate Vice Provost Schenker was Instructor of Medicine at Harvard from 1980 to 1983.

Xóchitl Castañeda, PhD

Xóchitl Castañeda has been the Director of Health Initiative of the Americas at the School of Public Health, University of California Berkeley, since 2001. A medical anthropologist by training, she was educated in Guatemala and Mexico. She did a postdoctoral fellowship in reproductive health at the University of California, San Francisco. She also received postdoctoral training in social science and medicine at Harvard University and at Amsterdam University.

For over seven years, she was a Professor of Public Health Sciences and a P.I. Researcher at Mexico's National Institute of Public Health, where she directed the Department of Reproductive Health. In 1999 she received the National Research Award on Social Science and Medicine. In 2010 the California Latino Legislative Caucus honored her with the National Spirit Award for her leadership in initiatives to improve the quality of life for Latino immigrants in the US. Castañeda has published over 120 manuscripts and has served as a consultant for more than 30 national and international institutions.

Her vision and commitment have led to the creation of binational health programs. Under her direction HIA has coordinated for ten consecutive years the Binational Health Week, one of the largest mobilization efforts in the Americas to improve the well-being of Latin American immigrants. Through these strategies, hundreds of thousands of Latinos have received medical attention and been referred to public and private agencies to obtain services. She has been twice elected an advisor to the Institute for Mexicans Abroad (IME), for which she has served as the National Coordinator of the Health Commission in the U.S.

Alfonso Rodriguez-Lainz, PhD, DVM, MPVM

Alfonso Rodriguez-Lainz is a senior fellow at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Division of Global Migration and Quarantine. Dr. Rodriguezs main responsibilities include acting as a liaison, coordinator, planner, and project lead for domestic migrant health activities for the Division, across the CDC and in collaboration with national and international partners. In that role he has designed, implemented, and analyzed multiple health studies targeting migrant populations in the U.S and Mexico. Prior to joining the CDC, Dr. Rodriguez was the senior epidemiologist for the California Office of Binational Border Health, California Department of Public Health. He has extensive experience in coordinating cross-border surveillance and public health projects between California, Mexico, and Latin America.

Dr. Rodriguez received his Ph.D. in Epidemiology and Master's in Preventive Veterinary Medicine from the University of California at Davis, and his DVM from the School of Veterinary Medicine in Córdoba, Spain. He has coauthored many peer-reviewed publications and several border and migrant health reports. He also teaches courses on migrant health, global surveillance, and international epidemiology at San Diego State University Graduate School for Public Health.

Table of Contents


Michael V. Drake, MD

SECTION ONE. Introductory Materials

Section Editor: Marc B. Schenker

1. Introduction  

Marc B. Schenker (UC Davis, US)

2. Studying Migrant Populations: General Considerations and Approaches  

Alfonso Rodriguez-Lainz (CDC, US)

Xóchitl Castañeda (UC Berkeley, US)

3. Life Course Epidemiology: A Conceptual Model for the Study of Migration and Health  

Jacob Spallek (Bielefeld University, Germany)

Hajo Zeeb (University of Bremen, Germany)

Oliver Razum (Bielefeld University, Germany)

SECTION TWO. Quantitative Methodological Approaches  

Section Editor: Alfonso Rodriguez-Lainz

4. Use of Existing Health Information Systems in Europe to Study Migrant Health  

Katia Levecque (University of Ghent, Belgium)

Elena Ronda-Pérez (University of Alicante, Spain)

Emily Felt (Pompeu Fabra University, Spain)

Fernando G. Benavides (Pompeu Fabra University, Spain)

5. Use of National Data Systems to Study Immigrant Health in the United States  

Gopal K. Singh (DHHS, US)

6. The Community-Based Migrant Household Probability Sample Survey  

Enrico A. Marcelli (San Diego State University, US)

7. Respondent-Driven Sampling for Migrant Populations  

Lisa Johnston (UC San Francisco, US)

Mohsen Malekinejad (UC San Francisco, US)

8. Time-Space Sampling of Migrant Populations  

Salaam Semaan (CDC, US)

Elizabeth DiNenno (CDC, US)

9. Prior Enumeration: A Method for Enhanced Sampling with Migrant Surveys  

Richard Mines (Agricultural Economics Consultant, US)

Coburn C. Ward (University of the Pacific, US)

Marc B. Schenker (UC Davis, US)

10. Telephone-Based Surveys  

David Grant (UCLA, US)

Royce J. Park (UCLA, US)

Lin Yu-chieh (University of Michigan, US)

11. Case-Control Studies  

Clelia Pezzi (CDC, US)

Philip H. Kass (UC Davis, US)

12. Longitudinal Studies  

Guillermina Jasso (New York University, US)

SECTION THREE. Qualitative Methodological Approaches

Section Editor: Xóchitl Castañeda

13. Ethnographic Research in Migration and Health  

Seth M. Holmes (UC Berkeley, US)

Heide Castañeda (University of South Florida, US)

14. Participant Observation and Key Informant Interviews  

Rosa María Aguilera (Instituto Nacional de Psiquiatría Ramón de la Fuente Muñiz, Mexico)

Ana Amuchástegui (Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana–Xochimilco, Mexico)

15. Focus Groups/Group Qualitative Interviews  

Patricia Zavella (UC Santa Cruz, US)

16. Full Circle: The Method of Collaborative Anthropology for Regional and Transnational Research  

Bonnie Bade (California State University, San Marcos, US)

Konane Martinez (California State University, San Marcos, US)

17. Photovoice as Methodology  

Regina Day Langhout (UC Santa Cruz, US)

SECTION FOUR. Crosscutting Issues

Section Editors: Marc B. Schenker, Alfonso Rodriguez-Lainz, and Xóchitl Castañeda

18. Ethical Issues across the Spectrum of Migration and Health Research  

Kevin Pottie (University of Ottawa, Canada)

Patricia Gabriel (University of British Columbia, Canada)

19. Community-Based Participatory Research: A Promising Approach for Studying and Addressing Immigrant Health  

Meredith Minkler (UC Berkeley, US)

Charlotte Chang (UC Berkeley, US)

20. Occupational Health Research with Immigrant Workers  

Michael A. Flynn (CDC, US)

Donald E. Eggerth (CDC, US)

21. Methodological Recommendations for Broadening the Investigation of Refugees and Other Forced Migrants  

Andrew Rasmussen (Fordham University, US)

22. Working Internationally  

Carol Camlin (UC San Francisco, US)

David Kyle (UC Davis, US)

23. Binational Collaborative Research  

Sylvia Guendelman (UC Berkeley, US)

24. Ensuring Access to Research for Nondominant Language Speakers  

Francesca Gany (Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, US)

Lisa Diamond (Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, US)

Rachel Meislin (New York University, US)

Javier González (Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, US)

25. Extended Case Study: A Mixed-Methods Approach to Understanding Internal Migrant Access to Health Care and the Health Systems Response in India  

Bontha V. Babu (Indian Council of Medical Research, India)

Anjali B. Borhade (Indian Institute of Public Health, India)

Yadlapalli S. Kusuma (All India Institute of Medical Sciences, India)



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Schenker, Marc B. (edt)
University of California Press
Schenker, Marc B.
eda, X
chitl Casta
Rodriguez-Lainz, Alfonso
Emigration & Immigration
Ethnic Studies-Immigration
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