The Well-Being of a Floating Population: A Symposium on Migrants and Health in China

The Well-Being of a Floating Population: A Symposium on Migrants and Health in China

Thursday, April 26, 2007 - 9:00am to 10:30am
Room 203, Henry R. Luce Hall See map
34 Hillhouse Avenue
New Haven, CT 6511

China has 147 million internal migrants, mostly rural residents who have left home to seek employment in cities. With more than 10 percent of its population on the move, China is facing enormous challenges as it tries to address the many social consequences brought about by this phenomenon.

Although China’s internal migrants have provided the muscle behind the nation’s rapid economic progress, they have remained socially, economically, and culturally marginalized in their new urban settings. The SARS outbreak in 2003 and China’s highly visible HIV/AIDS epidemic brought a new sense of urgency to the seriously-overlooked health status of this population, who mostly go without any form of health insurance and have limited means to access China’s existing health care system.

With rapid changes occurring in China and an intense debate about China’s health system underway, knowledge regarding the current health status of this population remains limited and scattered. This symposium will focus on important health issues faced by this marginalized population and contribute to the development of the knowledge base in this area.

The symposium is free and open to the public.

Featured Presentations: Jennifer Holdaway Associate Director of the Migration Program Social Science Research Council New York, NY Presentation: Health Risks Among Rural-to-Urban Migrants and their Families in China Suyun Hu Professor, Institution of Population and Development Studies Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences Shanghai, China Presentation: Health Insurance and Public Health for Rural Migrants in China: the Shanghai Case Xiaoliang Li Professor and Director of the Division of Maternal Child Health School of Public Health, Kunming Medical College Kunming, Yunnan, China Presentation: A Research Study on Cross-Border Migration and its Potential Risk of HIV Spread in Yunnan Province Zai Liang Professor, Department of Sociology University at Albany, SUNY Presentation: The Well-being of Migrant Children in China Xiushi Yang Professor, Sociology and Criminal Justice Old Dominion University Norfolk, VA Presentation: Rural-Urban Migration, Urban Residence, and HIV Risk Behaviors in China Chi-Man (Winnie) Yip Associate Professor of International Health Policy and Economics Department of Population and International Health Harvard School of Public Health Presentation: The Effect of Out Migration on the Health and Well-being of the Left-behind in Rural China.

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The symposium is made possible by the generous support of the Council on East Asian Studies at Yale University, United States Department of Education, and Sun Hung Kai Properties - Kwoks' Foundation Limited. Co-sponsored with Yale-China Association.
China, Hong Kong, Taiwan