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How Does Legal Status Matter for Oral Health Care Among Mexican-Origin Children in California? (SSM-Population Health)

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2001 CA Health Interview Survey (CHIS 2001); 2009 California Health Interview Survey (CHIS 2009); 2003 California Health Interview Survey (CHIS 2003); 2005 California Health Interview Survey (CHIS 2005); 2007 California Health Interview Survey (CHIS 2007); 2011 California Health Interview Survey (CHIS 2011); 2012 California Health Interview Survey (CHIS 2012); 2013 California Health Interview Survey (CHIS 2013); 2014 California Health Interview Survey (CHIS 2014); Population Focus; Adolescents/Children; Oral Health

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​The research examines the relationship between legal status and oral health care among Mexican-origin children.Using the 2001–2014 California Health Interview Surveys, the objectives are: (1) to demonstrate population-level changes in the legal statuses of parents, the legal statuses of children, and the likelihood of receiving
dental care; (2) to reveal how the roles of legal status boundaries in dental care are changing; and (3) to determine
whether the salience of these boundaries is attributable to legal status per se. 

The results reveal increases in the native-born share and dental care utilization for the total Mexican-origin population. Although dental carewas primarily linked to parental citizenship early in this period, parental legal statuses are no longer a unique
 source of variation in utilization (despite the greater likelihood of insurance among citizens). These results imply
that future gains in utilization among Mexican-origin children will mainly come from overcoming barriers to
care among the native born.


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Journal Article: How Does Legal Status Matter for Oral Health Care Among Mexican-Origin Children in California?

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