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Is the United States Honoring Its ‘Melting Pot’ Identity?

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January 22, 2021

The United States is often depicted as a “melting pot,” in which diverse cultures and ethnicities come together to form the rich fabric of our Nation.

Despite some progress in achieving this ideal, three recent papers from researchers at the Dornsife School of Public Health discuss continued inequalities and growing challenges faced by many immigrants in the U.S. They also offer opportunities for a creative refocus of present efforts to help close these gaps.

Read more about the following research studies on the Drexel News Blog:

  • Structural racism establishes inequalities that grow throughout an immigrant’s life. Study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine by lead author Brent A. Langellier, PhD, and Jessie Kemmick Pintor, PhD, assistant professors in the Dornsife School of Public Health, and colleagues.
  • Immigrants may be losing culinary traditions, at the cost of health. Study published in the journal Preventing Chronic Disease and authored by Jim Stimpson, PhD, professor in the Dornsife School of Public Health, Langellier and colleagues.
  • Unauthorized immigrants spend less on healthcare than authorized immigrants or U.S.-born individuals. Published in JAMA Network Open by Stimpson, Professor Alex N. Ortega, PhD, and colleagues.

Keep reading on the Drexel News Blog

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