Connect for Healthcare

Alarmed by reports of precipitous decline in healthcare and public benefits enrollment in immigrant families caused by the 2019 public charge regulations, HILSC launched Connect for Healthcare: a multidisciplinary cohort of organizing, benefits enrollment, healthcare, and legal services agencies to improve immigrants’ access to healthcare through a “no wrong door” approach. The mission of Connect for Healthcare is to thaw the chilling effects of the 2019 public charge regulation and to affirmatively build an “immigrant-friendly” healthcare system through training, community education, and removing barriers to accessing healthcare and legal services. This project taps into each organization’s expertise to integrate healthcare advocacy into its existing work and agenda to propel systemic change through coordinated service, social and political processes.


Connect for Healthcare is a project of the Houston Immigration Legal Services Collaborative, Boat People SOS, BakerRipley, Mi Familia Vota, El Centro de Corazón, Epiphany Community Health Outreach Services (ECHOS), Tahirih Justice Center, and Program for Immigrant & Refugee Child Health (PIRCH).