Demographic Characteristics Associated With Barriers to Health Care Among Mexican and Guatemalan Immigrants in a Nontraditional Destination Area

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine demographic factors associated with health care barriers among Mexican (n = 258) and Guatemalan (n = 143) immigrants in Cincinnati, a nontraditional destination (new migration area). Three primary results emerged: length of US residence was not associated with fewer health care barriers, Mexican women and younger Guatemalans endorsed fewer skills-related barriers, and childless Guatemalans reported more barriers to care the longer they reside in the United States, when compared with Guatemalans with children. Our study highlights the importance of disaggregating data to create more tailored interventions to eliminate health disparities for Latinos.

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