Field Epidemiology

Being Structurally Vulnerable: "Deservedness," Latino Migrant Laborers and Health

Originally presented on June 25, 2015

James Quesada, PhD.
Full Professor and Chair of Anthropology
San Francisco State University

Emiliano Bourgois-Chacón
Program Coordinator, San Francisco Day Labor Program & Women’s Collecitve

James Shuford
PhD Candidate, University at Albany, Department of Anthropology

This webinar demonstrates how the concept of Structural Vulnerability has emerged out of recognition that whole populations are vulnerable to social exclusion and poor health simply by virtue of their social position in society. Presently, Latino migrants are nationally singled out and stigmatized for representing a people who take from and encumber the state and society, to the detriment of legitimate tax-paying citizens. Questions of whether Latino migrant laborers are deserving or entitled to social assistance and health services is only the beginning of a whole host of insults Latinos, documented and undocumented endure. The effect of living under such circumstances produces poor health. Understanding the social factors and structural forces that impact the daily lives of Latinos, in other words what makes Latino migrants structurally vulnerable, is our objective with the added aim that by understanding how structurally vulnerability is produced, meaningful constructive interventions, policies and practices might be imagined and enacted.

Learning Objectives
After watching this webinar participants will be able to:

  • Understand how the use of the concept of Structural Vulnerability informs structurally competent practices
  • Understanding how health intersects with other critical factors: employment, housing, education, social support
  • Understand how structurally competent health and human services can be incorporated in programs that serve Latino migrant individuals and communities

The planners, moderator, and presenters do not have any financial arrangements or affiliations with any commercial entities whose products, research or services may be discussed in this activity.

No commercial funding has been accepted for this activity.

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The School of Public Health, University at Albany designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Continuing Medical Education Credits are offered until June 30, 2018.

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Continuing Education Contact Hours are offered until June 30, 2018.