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Assessing Health Concerns and Barriers in a Heterogeneous Latino Community

dc.contributor.authorMartinez, Iveris L.
dc.contributor.authorCarter-Pokras, Olivia
dc.identifier.citationMartinez I, Carter-Pokras O. Assessing Health Concerns and Barriers in a Heterogeneous Latino Community. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved 2006;17(4):899-909.en
dc.description.abstractIntroduction. Major health issues and barriers to health services for Latino immigrants were identified through community-based participatory research in Baltimore city. Methods. In collaboration with community partners, five focus groups were conducted among Latino adults from 10 countries and health service providers. Findings. Priorities across groups included chronic diseases, HIV/AIDS and STDs, mental health, and the need for ancillary services. Community members and providers did not always agree on what health matters were of primary concern. Participants expected to receive health information at the point of service. Barriers to receiving health services and information span linguistic, financial, logistical, legal, and cultural matters. Conclusions. This formative research illustrates the complexity and interrelatedness of health priorities and barriers created by social issues such as employment, legal status, and related stressors.en
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dc.publisherThe Johns Hopkins University Pressen
dc.subjectHispanic Americansen
dc.subjectcommunity-based participatory researchen
dc.subjectneeds assessmenten
dc.subjectminority groupsen
dc.subjecthealth services accessibilityen
dc.titleAssessing Health Concerns and Barriers in a Heterogeneous Latino Communityen
dc.relation.isAvailableAtEpidemiology & Biostatistics
dc.relation.isAvailableAtSchool of Public Health
dc.relation.isAvailableAtDigital Repository at the University of Maryland (DRUM)
dc.relation.isAvailableAtUniversity of Maryland (College Park, MD)
dc.rights.licenseCopyright Meharry Medical College. Reproduced with permission of The Johns Hopkins University Press.

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