Online Program

Immigration trends in southern California and health: A case for increased cultural competence toward improving outcomes

Monday, November 4, 2013

April Moreno, PhD Student, School of Community and Global Health, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA
Reviewing immigration trends in Southern California, this poster presents a five county study (Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, Riverside and San Diego) of current health conditions and discusses how culturally competent services can provide specific and effective public health measures to serve a diverse population. This presentation provides both a spatial and outcomes-focused discussion on immigration trends into Southern California, current health needs, and established cultural competency standards in order to guide a discussion on how to determine relevant and practical measures for effective services to multicultural populations. Methods involve geographic information systems analysis of populations through 2010 Census data on the foreign born population, in addition to reviewing the existing National Standards on Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) and other standards such as with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), National Quality Forum, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation 2013 County Health Rankings. This information will guide the process of identifying disease trends in each county, and in providing examples of immigrant health needs in Southern California.

Learning Areas:

Diversity and culture
Provision of health care to the public
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
Describe the process of spatially mapping populations for health care prevention to culturally diverse populations Identify populations by county in Southern California with higher densities of immigrant population and the corresponding health needs of the region. Discuss the need for cultural competence in serving immigrant populations and improving health outcomes

Keyword(s): Cultural Competency, Community-Based Public Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have over two years of experience in the field of behavioral health as a research and policy analyst at the county level.
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.