Healthier in Juárez

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Elizabeth Malik
Emilie Calvello-Hynes
Jennifer Whitfield


During my training in the Denver Health Emergency Medicine Residency, I noticed that my colleagues and I were seeing an increasing number of detained immigrants seeking emergency care for vague complaints such as inability to sleep, headaches or malaise. Taken as a whole, we felt many of these patients were presenting with somatic symptoms suggestive of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and undiagnosed depression. In October 2019, I traveled to the border towns of El Paso and Juárez to find out more about this disturbing trend. 

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border, border crisis, immigration, immigrant, migrant, detainee, detainment center, asylum, healthcare, access to healthcare, Juarez, Mexico, United States
How to Cite
Malik, E., Calvello-Hynes , E., & Whitfield, J. (2021). Healthier in Juárez. The Columbia University Journal of Global Health, 11(1). Retrieved from