209523 Perceived discrimination and health care experiences among Latinos

Monday, November 9, 2009

Eva M. Durazo, MPH , UCLA School of Public Health, UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, Los Angeles, CA
This research seeks to establish the relationship between discrimination and health care. The study will assess incidents of discrimination encountered with health care institutions and providers and how these experiences derive from the sociopolitical position of Latinos in U.S. society. The objectives of this project are to: 1) Develop a typology of the different experiences Latinos have where they feel they are poorly served or treated unfairly in the health care system and other social institutions; 2) Identify the reasons Latinos use to explain their experiences; and 3) Explore potential differences by nativity (immigrant versus U.S.-born). Qualitative methods will be employed via sixteen in-depth interviews. Eight interviews will be conducted with first generation immigrant Latinos who have resided in the U.S. at least ten years and eight interviews with second generation (U.S.-born) Latinos. Participants will be recruited through a convenience sample in the Los Angeles area. Interviews will draw on open-ended questions to understand the participant's experiences, beliefs, and views of discrimination by focusing on labor, health care, housing, the police, and other public agencies. Furthermore, critical to the study of discrimination among Latinos is identifying fears and stresses caused by immigrant status or the current political climate. This research will provide insight into the complex dynamics between immigration and discrimination, focusing on health care access and utilization by Latinos.

Learning Objectives:
Identify the role of discrimination in health care for immigrant and U.S.-born Latinos.

Keywords: Latino Health, Immigration

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Recent MPH graduate and current PhD student at UCLA School of Public Health.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.