Theresa Cheng Sounds Alarm on Open-Air Migrant Holding Areas

Theresa Cheng (’21), Assistant Professor at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center and Director of Social Equity at UCSF Acute Care Innovation Center, was quoted in The New York Times discussing the public health dangers at outdoor holding areas where migrants, including unaccompanied children, lack shelter, food, sanitation and critical medical care (“Health Concerns Mount for Migrant Children at Outdoor Holding Sites,” Mar. 8). Evaluating and treating up to 100 children in one week alone, Theresa described the scene as “apocalyptic.” “From a public health standpoint, there are communicable diseases and outdoor exposures that would strike anyone down, much less this medically vulnerable population,” she said. The Times also cited Theresa’s recent declaration detailing the lack of access to emergency medical services and the death of a 13 year old boy.