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Jeffrey T. Kullgren, MD, MPH Biography

Clinical Fellow in Medicine at Harvard Medical School
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should the Government Allow a Path to Citizenship for Undocumented Immigrants?"

“[L]imiting undocumented immigrants’ access to health services weakens efforts to fight the spread of communicable diseases among the general population… conditions such as tuberculosis are not always easily detected as communicable diseases. In addition, many cases of infectious disease are identified not when symptoms manifest themselves but when patients seek medical care for other unrelated conditions. Consequently, identifying and treating communicable diseases in their earliest stages requires that undocumented immigrants be able to access services for all health conditions —- not just those that have progressed to an emergency level or include symptoms of infectious disease —- before others in the community are exposed… Given the significant threats posed by limits on undocumented immigrants’ access to health services, the public health community should pursue a range of strategies to circumvent the barriers erected by the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996.”

“Restrictions on Undocumented Immigrants’ Access to Health Services: The Public Health Implications of Welfare Reform,” American Journal of Public Health, Oct. 2003

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Clinical Fellow in Medicine, Harvard Medical School, 2006-present
  • Clinical Fellow in Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA, 2006-present
  • Recipient, Johns Hopkins University Division of General Internal Medicine 2007 Housestaff Research Awards for “Beyond Affordability: The Impact of Nonfinancial Barriers on Access for Uninsured Adults”
  • Second Place, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation Excellence in Student Research Competition, 2006
  • Member, American College of Physicians, 2004-2006
  • Member, American Medical Association
  • Associate Member, Society of General Internal Medicine
  • Member & Public Relations Chair (2003-2004), American Medical Student Association, Michigan State University Chapter
  • Founding Co-Chair, University of Michigan Health Policy Student Association, 2001-2002
  • Public Policy Intern, AIDS Alliance for Children, Youth and Families, Washington, D.C., 1999
  • Consultant, AIDS Alliance for Children, Youth and Families, Washington, D.C., 1999
  • Member, AcademyHealth
  • MD, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, 2006
  • MPH, Health Management and Policy, University of Michigan, School of Public Health, 2002
  • BS, Sociology, High Honor, Michigan State University, 2000
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