In addition to hosting online registrations for this weekend’s free naturalization workshop (visit http://www.unr.edu/latinocenter/YEH.html !), the Latino Research Center at the University of Nevada, Reno is getting attention this week for its campaign to inform the Latin@ community about the dangers of unlicensed medical practitioners.
Many unlicensed practitioners were trained professionals in their country of origin, but sometimes their knowledge is outdated or their skills are out of practice. In any case, they have not been vetted by the various boards and certifying agencies that determine each medical professional’s competence to practice. Using unlicensed practitioners can lead to dangerous mistakes in some cases, and it also opens the door to fraud and abuse.
Nonetheless, many families are having a hard time financially and they want to save money wherever they can. Additionally, because immigration enforcement has increased across the board in recent years many individuals who lack valid immigration status fear possible exposure to deportation if they use traditional medical services.
You can see more about the LRC’s program here http://www.kolotv.com/home/headlines/Cracking_Down_on_Unlicensed_Medical_Care_146755535.html or you can visit their Web site at http://www.unr.edu/latinocenter/medicosclandestinos/index.html.