The Status of Latinos and Health in a Shifting Policy Landscape

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 (11:30 AM – 1:00 PM)
The Martha Proctor Mack Ballroom, Umphrey Lee Center (map)


With the signing of the Affordable Care Act in 2010, millions of people gained access to healthcare. Currently, various efforts to reform this legislation are underway. Will these changes present a set of challenges to the Latino community? Will these decisions create additional barriers for the security and wellness of Latino families? How might these reforms impact the undocumented and mixed-status families? Join us for the Latino Center for Leadership Development – Tower Center (LCLD – SMU Tower Center) Policy Forum to hear from policy experts on the status of healthcare policies and their implications for the Latino community.

Dr. Edward D. Vargas, Assistant Professor, School of Transborder Studies, Arizona State University 

Edward Vargas obtained his Ph.D. in Public Affairs from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University. His research interests include the effects of poverty and inequality on the quality of life, focusing specifically on health, education, and social policy, and how these factors contribute to the well-being of vulnerable families. He also investigates the methodological issues involved in the quantitative study of race and ethnicity. Dr. Vargas is investigating how socio-political, familial, and personal contexts that make up the Latino/a experience affect their physical and mental health. In particular, he is examining the effects of immigration policy and deportations on health, health hardships on the well-being of Latino/a families.


The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required.

RegisterIf you are interested in joining the Tower Center Forum, please contact us at tower@smu.edu.