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Community Engagement & Health Equity Speaker Series: But They Are Not Immigrants

Location: Zoom

Date: Thursday, March 23, 2023

Time: 12–1 p.m.

Contact: Grace Schrobilgen

About the Event

In this installment of the Community Engagement and Health Equity Speaker Series, Miguel Pinedo, Ph.D., presents “’But They Are Not Immigrants’: How Immigration Policies Influence Mental Health and Substance Use Outcomes Among U.S.-Born Latinos.”

Explanations for existing substance use-related disparities among Latina/o/x have largely focused on issues of socio-demographics (e.g., education, income), culture (e.g., acculturation), and immigration status (e.g., nativity). However, there has been a growing debate that such explanations for substance use outcomes among Latina/o/x has obscured the impact of structural factors as drivers of health disparities. This talk will focus on the role of immigration policies as political determinants of poor mental health and substance misuse among Latina/o/x with a primary focus on U.S.-born individuals.

Pinedo is an assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education at UT’s College of Education.

Register for the Zoom information.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this presentation, the audience participant should be able to:

  1. Explain how immigration policies create harmful or protective environments in which U.S.-born Latinos live
  2. Describe how immigration policies shape vulnerability to poor mental health and substance misuse among U.S.-born Latinos
  3. Discuss how immigration policies are critical structural drivers of health disparities

Target Audience

Clinicians, public health professionals, community leaders, researchers, educators, medical students and representatives from community-based organizations


This activity has been designed to promote some of the following desired physician attributes and competencies:

  • ACGME: Patient Care; Medical Knowledge; Practice-based Learning & Improvement
  • IOM: Work with Interdisciplinary Teams; Use Evidence-based Practice
  • IECC: Interprofessional Teamwork & Team-based; Values & Ethics for Interprofessional Practice

Speaker Disclosure

Miguel Pinedo, Ph.D., speaker for this educational activity, has no relevant relationship(s) with ineligible companies to disclosure.

Planner Disclosure

Phillip Schnarrs, Ph.D., Grace Schrobilgen and Paul Fliedner, planners of this educational activity, have no relevant relationship(s) with ineligible companies to disclose.

The CME Advisory Committee, reviewers of this educational activity, have no relevant relationships with ineligible companies to disclose.

Accreditation Statement

The University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School designates this internet live course for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This course has been designated by The University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School for 1.00 credit(s) of education in medical ethics and/or professional responsibility.

Social Work CEUs: The Office of Professional Development at the Steve Hicks School of Social Work is accredited as a continuing education provider by the Texas Board of Social Work Examiners under Texas Administrative Code, Title 22, Part 34. § 781.511(c). This program is provided in accordance with the criteria and standards of the Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners, and has been approved for Social Workers, Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Psychologists and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists.