Together We Rise! Reflections on Election Results


NPR article highlights concerns of undocumented medical students if Trump wins

Denisse Rojas at Icahn School of Medicine and Cesar from Stritch School of Medicine share their thoughts on the impact of a Trump Presidency to undocumented students in medical school.

Check out the news piece by NPR “‘Dreamers’ In Med School Worry About Future if Trump Wins”

Denisse Rojas receives The Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans

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Sumbul SiddiquiMeet Sumbul Siddiqui, former Neuroscience student at Agnes Scott College, 15’ seeking to pursue a career in medicine. Last June Sumbul was granted advanced parole and was enabled to travel to Pakistan to meet her relatives for the first time in two decades and was even awarded a Project for Peace Award for the work she and her partner were able to accomplish.

Sumbul’s proposal for the Davis Projects for Peace Program was created with the goal of establishing a computer lab and library room to give the students and teachers of Iqra Islamia School a platform for learning, and through the internet, sharing their ideas with a larger community. The amazing work Sumbul contributed to as a part of her project paved an opportunity for Sumbul to not only learn more of her Pakistani heritage, but also to empower the instructors of Iqra Islamia School with technology and training in programs such as powerpoint that will improve the education of the local community for years to come.

From the words of Sumbul: “I’ve learned through this project in Pakistan that we often take the tiniest things for granted in life, and the most important thing that molds us as to who we are today comes from our education. Our understanding of one another comes from the quality of education that we receive, and when we are equipped with the necessary tools, we can promote peace and understanding amongst each other.”

Relive her journey through her project’s blog PakiProject4Peace2015 and official report.

Kaiser Child Health Program Offers Coverage in California

Undocumented children under the age of 19 can sign up for Kaiser Permanente’s Child Health Program, which would give them medical, dental, vision and mental health coverage. 

The deadline to apply for coverage for this year is March 31.

Kaiser Child Health Plan

Find out more and download the application here:

Recordings of the CaHPSA and ASBH Conferences are LIVE!

On October 26, 2013, Pre-Health Dreamers were out in full force presenting at three different and separate venues on the topics of health careers and health care for the undocumented community! Recordings of TWO of the THREE sessions are now LIVE and can be accessed below.


1.) The CaHPSA NorCal Conference

Presenters: Steve Li and Carol’s Montes

2.) The American Society for Bioethics and Humanities 2013 Meeting

Presenter: New Latthivongskorn (in Part 2 Only)

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Pre-Health Dreamers Divide & Conquer

Pre-Health Dreamers Divide & Conquer

This Fall, Pre-Health Dreamers is going all-hands-on-deck as we go out to many conferences and panels to continue speaking up as undocumented, aspiring health professionals! Follow our progress on Facebook and Twitter. Chime in! We’d love your support.

ASBH conference Oct 2013


PHD will be participating in a panel titled “The Courage to Educate: Undocumented Medical Students” in which Loyola University will present and discuss their historic decision to accept undocumented students into Stritch School of Medicine.

UCI LMSA Conference Oct 2013


Pre-Health Dreamers will be presenting on the barriers that exist for undocumented pre-medical students.

CaHPSA NorCal conference Oct 2013


PHD will be speaking on the “Intersections of Immigration & Health Care”–detailing how the historic ACA will or will not (read:it won’t) help insure undocumented immigrants, as well as the health care options that are available in light of these exclusions.


Senate Bill for Immigration Reform, and Health Benefits

Here’s the latest in the news about Immigration Reform and health benefits:

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Senate bill says to undocumented immigrants: pay taxes but claim no public benefits

“Gutierrez gave some examples: Immigrants with provisional legal status would not get help paying their health insurance premiums under Obamacare, and they would get no credit for any Social Security taxes they paid during the time they worked illegally.”

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Could Employers Use Immigrants to Avoid the Health Mandate?

“In a bid to win conservatives over to the cause of immigration reform, the authors of the Senate bill included a provision that would deny health benefits to illegal immigrants seeking to become legal. Now there is an argument making the rounds that this provision will encourage companies to replace American workers with those newly legalized immigrants.”

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Illinois Allow Medical & Dental School Loans for Undocumented Students

Loyola DACA


“Smart, hardworking, motivated students are applying to medical school, And because of circumstances beyond their control, they do not have the access to financial assistance.” – chairman of the Illinois Finance Authority.

For all Pre-Med DREAMers / undocumented students applying to medical school, please (highly) consider Loyola Stritch School of Medicine [].

Recap: They are the first and only medical school in the nation to publicly come out and support accepting undocumented students. (Yes, it’s a big deal).

The state of Illinois passed a measure to allow DACA-eligible folks to take out loans to help pay for dental and medical school. More details to come as we find out specifics, but definitely something to keep an eye out for!

Read more at: The Daily Whale

The Latest on Healthcare & Immigration reform from this previous week!

READ MORE AT our Healthcare & Immigration Reform page!

  • BREAKING!!  A study, led by researchers at Harvard Medical School, and our friends at Physicians for a National Health Program have just been published detailing how immigrants have generated surplus contributions in Billions for Medicare in recent years. 05/30/2013
    • Access the New York Times article here.
    • Access the Health Affairs published study here.