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Immigrants in Health Care Webinar

Keeping Americans Healthy through Care and Innovation

Clockwise from top left: Denzil Mohammed, Amanda Bergson-Shilcock,
José Ramón Fernández-Peña, MD, Kira Khazatsky (not pictured) and
Joyce Sackey, MD.


Immigrants are filling critical functions in U.S. health care. Despite comprising just 13 percent of the population, they play outsized roles in medicine, medical science and long-term care. They make up 27 percent of physicians and surgeons, 22 percent of nursing, psychiatric and home health aides, and 40 percent of medical scientists in manufacturing research and development. They provide culturally competent care to an increasingly diverse patient population. These are some of the findings from the new report Immigrants in Health Care: Keeping Americans Healthy through Care and Innovation written by retired Director of The Immigrant Learning Center (ILC) Public Education Institute Marcia Drew Hohn, EdD.

The report is now available here.

The ILC Public Education Institute hosted a free webinar to reveal the findings of the report and offer a reaction panel comprising esteemed figures in the health care field from across the country. An interactive discussion among the author, panel and webinar attendees followed. This webinar gave insight into how immigrants play critical roles in the health of all Americans and was attended by community leaders, policymakers, practitioners and volunteers in the health care industry, and other immigrant-serving groups.

Below are presentations and recordings from this webinar. Click here to learn about the dates of our next webinar.


Immigrants in Health Care introduction and report summary (recording)

Immigrants in the U.S.: Statistical Overview of Demographics, Education and Labor by Denzil Mohammed (presentation)

Immigrants in Health Care by Marcia Drew Hohn, EdD (presentation)

Interview with Certified Nursing Assistant Elizabeth Mande (recording)

Interview with Neuro-Oncology Surgeon Nam Tran (recording)

Highlights from Panel Discussion (PDF)

Organizations that provide workforce integration information and services to immigrant professionals in health care and beyond:

  • The Educational Commission on Foreign Medical Graduates Certification is a requirement for international medical graduates to take the final step of the three-step United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) and to obtain an unrestricted license to practice medicine in the United States.
  • The Welcome Back Initiative provides assistance to foreign-educated and foreign-trained medical professionals wishing to enter the U.S. health care sector. Their resources and services include guides to re-credentialing and support in developing an individualized career pathway.
  • IMPRINT is a consortium of organizations that connect high-skilled immigrants with resources and employers to re-integrate into the professional workforce.
  • World Education Services offers expert credential evaluation services.
  • Upwardly Global builds connections between job seekers and companies/organizations and also has guides to credentialing.
  • The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act provides state-specific funding for professional education and training. Check if your state’s funding includes internationally-educated professionals.
  • Loyola Stritch School of Medicine in Chicago has a program for undocumented immigrants with DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) status.
  • Tufts University also provides financial aid for eligible undocumented undergraduate students.

Report Author:

Marcia Drew Hohn

Marcia Drew Hohn, EdD

Retired Director of The ILC Public Education Institute





Amanda Bergson-Shilcock

Amanda Bergson-Shilcock

Senior Policy Analyst, National Skills Coalition



José Ramón Fernández-Peña

José Ramón Fernández-Peña, MD, MPA

Associate Professor of Health Education, San Francisco State University, and National Director of the Welcome Back Initiative



Joyce Sackey

Joyce Sackey, MD

Dean for Multicultural Affairs and Global Health and Associate Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine, Tufts University



Kira Khazatsky

Kira Khazatsky

Vice President of Employer Partnerships, Jewish Vocational Services




Denzil Mohammed

Denzil Mohammed

Director, The ILC Public Education Institute


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