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Clinica de Migrantes Screening and Discussion

March 21, 2018

1 University Plaza
Springfield, IL 62703
217-206-6073

TIME: 4pm

PRICE: Free

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UIS Speaker Series presents a screening & discussion about the documentary "Clinica de Migrantes"

WHAT:       The University of Illinois Springfield Engaged Citizenship Common Experience (ECCE) Speaker Series presents a screening of the documentary film "Clinica de Migrantes," followed by a discussion with Dr. Steve Larson, founder of the Puentes de Salud medical clinic for undocumented and uninsured individuals. The event is free and open to the public.

WHEN:       Wednesday, March 21, 2018, at 4 p.m.

WHERE:    UIS Brookens Auditorium, located on the lower level of Brookens Library

DETAILS: "Clinica de Migrantes" is a documentary about a year in the life of Puentes de Salud, one of the only health clinics in the U.S. involved in the politically controversial practice of providing healthcare to undocumented immigrants. By law, illegal immigrants cannot obtain health insurance, and receive no regular medical treatment. At the clinic, a team of volunteers led by Dr. Larson attend to an ever-growing population of housekeepers, prep cooks, and construction workers. Many come to Puentes after being turned away at other hospitals. The short film "Clinica de Migrantes" tells the story of America's true untouchable class and of the heroic few who reach out to help them. The film won the Norman Vaughan Indomitable Spirit Award at the Telluride Mountain Film Festival in 2016 and the Jury Award for Best Short at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in 2016.

Larson is an associate professor of emergency medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and assistant dean for community outreach at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

Individuals with disabilities who anticipate the need for accommodations should contact the UIS Speaker Series Office at 217/206-8507 or speakerseries@uis.edu in advance. For a list of other upcoming ECCE Speaker Series events, visit www.uis.edu/speakerseries/.

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