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Introduction

Symposium on Immigration and Alternative Healing Systems
November 3, 2005
Graduate Center, City University of New York
Organized by the Immigration and Health Initiative (IAHI) at Hunter College

This event marked the first year of the Latino Healers Project sponsored by the Immigration and Health Initiative (IAHI) at Hunter College, and featured presentations of prominent scholars in the field of immigration and health.
Dr. Kathy Nokes and Dr. Nicholas Freudenberg, from the Schools of the Health Professions, delivered the opening remarks.
Dr. Viladrich, IAHI's director and a Hunter College's faculty member, presented a multi-level conceptual analysis of the role of botánicas (ethnic-healing shops) in providing affordable and accessible care to Latino immigrants in NYC.
Dr. Ina Vanderbroek, from the NY Botanical Garden, presented original data from her study on Dominican immigrants' use of plants and herbs in NYC for the treatment of diverse health conditions.
Keynote speaker, Dr. Sana Loue, from Case Western Reserve University, summarized the significant barriers that immigrants experience in their attempt to access adequate healthcare in the US.
The evening closed with a slide show presentation on the 'kitchen of ethnography', prepared by the IAHI's team, which was accompanied by a wine and dim sum reception and a selection of musical tunes representative of the Latino community's healing repertoire.