3/18/24, 7:26 AM

A Guide for Policymakers, Community Organizations, Workers, and Everyday People


Survey of 481 immigrant workers highlighting housing and health disparities is a call to action for state and local policymakers

Iowa City, Iowa --

Over half of Hispanic immigrant workers in Johnson County are technically homeless and nearly a quarter have a serious medical condition such as asthma and diabetes, according to a comprehensive new report released today by Escucha Mi Voz, Johnson County Public Health, and the University of Iowa College of Nursing.

“The whole worker health equity survey is one of the most comprehensive datasets available to policymakers, funders, and the public clearly articulating the expressed needs and priorities of hundreds of directly impacted immigrant and refugee workers,” said report authors Emily Sinnwell of the UI College of Nursing and Clinton Dimambu of Escucha Mi Voz. 

Salud, Techo, y Trabajo: A Health Equity Guide For Policymakers, Community Organizations, Workers, and Everyday People is based on a survey of 481 Hispanic and African workers in Johnson County.

“The findings reveal that the working-class, immigrant and refugee communities who were hit hardest by the Covid-19 pandemic continue to face entrenched structural barriers to vaccine access and health equity,” Sinnwell and Dimambu wrote.

Download the full report and appendixes below.