Health Paradoxes

For some health outcomes and among certain groups, immigrants experience better health than their US-born counterparts, yet the health of immigrants appears to deteriorate with more time spent in the US. Our research seeks to examine these issues, while offering empirical and theoretical insights for understanding and improving immigrant health.


Viruell-Fuentes, E. A. (2011). “It’s a lot of work”: Racialization processes, ethnic identity formations, and their health implications. Du Bois Review: Social Science Research on Race, 8(Spring), 37-52.

Osypuk, T. L., Bates, L. M., & Acevedo-Garcia, D. (2010). Another Mexican birthweight paradox? The role of residential enclaves and neighborhood poverty in the birthweight of Mexican origin infants. Social Science & Medicine, 70(4), 550-560.

Viruell-Fuentes, E. A., Morenoff, J. D., Williams, D. R., & House, J. S. (In press). Language of interview, self-rated health, and the other Latino health puzzle. American Journal of Public Health.

Viruell-Fuentes, E. A., & Schulz, A. J. (2009). Toward a dynamic conceptualization of social ties and context: Implications for understanding immigrant and Latino health. American Journal of Public Health, 99(12), 2167-2175.

Akresh, I. R., & Frank, R. (2008). Health selection among new immigrants. American Journal of Public Health, 98(11), 2058-2064.

Acevedo-Garcia, D., Soobader, M. J., & Berkman, L. F. (2007). Low birthweight among US Hispanic/Latino subgroups: The effect of maternal foreign-born status and education. Social Science & Medicine, 65(12), 2503-2516.

Viruell-Fuentes, E. A. (2007). Beyond acculturation: Immigration, discrimination, and health research among Mexicans in the United States. Social Science & Medicine, 65(7), 1524-1535.

Acevedo-Garcia, D., Soobader, M. J., & Berkman, L. F. (2005). The differential effect of foreign-born status on low birth weight by race/ethnicity and education. Pediatrics, 115(1), e20-30.

Acevedo-Garcia, D., Barbeau, E., Bishop, J. A., Pan, J., & Emmons, K. M. (2004). Undoing an epidemiological paradox: The tobacco industry's targeting of US Immigrants. American Journal of Public Health, 94(12), 2188-2193.