Immigrant Health Inititative

IHI is always looking for student volunteers!

The initiative gives students the opportunity to study global health in our own backyard while providing a valuable public health service to a vulnerable sector of the population. If you are interested in learning more about joining, contact Dr. Graciela Ostera, the Program Director, at

The Immigrant Health Initiative (IHI) is a network of clinicians, scientists and students working to identify chronic parasitic conditions present in foreign-born individuals living in the United States. Immigrants from developing countries can potentially carry parasitic diseases, which are endemic in vast regions of the world but are very rare in the U.S. Some conditions are virtually asymptomatic and individuals may ignore that they are infected until the progression of the disease is fairly advanced. Determining the true prevalence of these “imported” parasitic diseases in the U.S. could substantially contribute to the design and implementation of appropriate health policies.