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Healthcare for Hispanics in the United States
John Wesley Powell Student Research Conference
  • Sean Gower, Illinois Wesleyan University
  • Christina Isabelli, Faculty Advisor, Illinois Wesleyan University
Graduation Year
Center for Natural Sciences, Illinois Wesleyan University
Start Date
9-4-2011 2:35 PM
End Date
9-4-2011 3:35 PM
Many Hispanic adults in the U.S. do not receive adequate healthcare. This study seeks to explore the causes of this phenomenon: is it due to a language or educational barrier, the cost prohibitive nature of proper healthcare, undocumented status, or myths and false rumors that have spread throughout the Hispanic community regarding health insurance? Data will be collected and analyzed from the Pew Hispanic Center and from the 2009 U.S. Census, which will contain information regarding a variety of factors that could possibly explain the underlying reasons why Hispanics do not receive adequate healthcare. These factors could include English language proficiency, income levels, education levels, and differences in access to healthcare among different ethnicities. The study will divide ethnicities into the following categories (in order of most populous to least populous): Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Dominican, Central American, and South American. The study will also attempt to interpret and present Hispanics' perceptions of health insurance in the United States through an interview with a leader of the Hispanic community in Bloomington-Normal. The study hopes to find that inadequate healthcare is caused by a problem that has a viable solution, and that the recent federal healthcare reform legislation will offer Hispanics greater access to health insurance and healthcare. Due to the demographic trends and political climate of the U.S., providing possible solutions to this issue is critical.
Citation Information
Sean Gower and Christina Isabelli, Faculty Advisor. "Healthcare for Hispanics in the United States" (2011)
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