Another Brick in the Wall: Healthcare Access Difficulties and Their Implications for Undocumented Latino/a Immigrants

Thania Galvan, Sarah Lill, Luz M. Garcini

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Abstract

The mounting evidence highlighting the disproportionate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in ethnic minority communities underscores the need to understand how distress and healthcare access impacts the well-being of undocumented Latino/a immigrants (ULIs), one of the most marginalized and vulnerable ethnic minority communities in the U.S. We used existing data from a cross sectional study (Proyecto Voces) of 252 ULIs to conduct path analyses that explored the relations among distress due to immigration legal status, healthcare access difficulties, and the health of ULIs. Results demonstrated that distress due to immigration legal status is related to the physical and mental health of ULIs, and that difficulties in accessing healthcare explained these relations. These data support the importance of immediate, targeted efforts for increasing access to healthcare among undocumented immigrants and highlight the long-term importance of a much-needed healthcare reform for improving access to marginalized populations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)885-894
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Immigrant and Minority Health
Volume23
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2021

Keywords

  • Health disparities
  • Healthcare reform
  • Latino/a
  • Undocumented

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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