Access to Health Care Across Generational Status for Mexican-Origin Immigrants in California
Abstract: The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010 expands health insurance coverage to a substantial number of persons without health insurance. In California, Latinos, especially Mexican immigrants, have one of the highest rates of uninsurance, making the ACA particularly important for that group. Using the 2007 California Health Interview Survey, this study examines how the generation in the U.S. of individuals of Mexican-origin is associated with their access to health insurance, doctor visits, and emergency room visits in California compared to that of U.S.-born non-Latino Whites.
Physicians’ knowledge and communication about traditional, complementary and alternative medicine use among Latino patients at Kaiser Permanente, Oakland CA
Abstract: Understanding Latinos’ health beliefs and traditional, complementary and alternative medicine (TCAM) practices, and improving cross-cultural communication skills may improve quality of care and reduce health disparities. Although studies have examined the health beliefs and practices of Latino patients, few have examined the knowledge, attitudes, and communication skills of health care providers in regards to Latino TCAM use.
Keywords: Latinas, Health disparities, Complementary and alternative medicine,Traditional medicine, Physician attitudes, Cultural competence, Cross-cultural communication
Thematic: Health and Environment
Does Intergenerational Solidarity Buffer the Negative Effects of Residential Mobility?
Abstract: This longitudinal study examines the moderation effects of parent-child closeness on residential mobility and two important adolescent outcomes. Children’s behavior problems and academic achievement test scores were compared across four survey waves of the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth (2000, 2002, 2004, and 2006) and matched to data from their mothers' reports from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1979.
Demographic and migration-related risk factors for low-level smoking in a farm working sample of Latinos (the MICASA study)
Abstract: Cigarette smoking is the most preventable cause of death in the U.S. Research regarding the phenomenon of low-level smoking, defined as smoking one to five cigarettes per day (CPD) on average, is increasing as its high prevalence is better recognized. The Mexican Immigration to California: Agricultural Safety and Acculturation (MICASA) study is a prospective cohort study of Latino hired farm worker families that assesses respiratory health, including patterns and behaviors of cigarette smoking.
Depression, perceived stress and nervios associated with injury in the MICASA Study, a California farm worker population
Abstract: While many studies report on the risks of agricultural injury, few have examined psychosocial factors associated with injury, especially among Latino farm workers. We examined psychological factors, including depression, perceived stress, social support and nervios that may be associated with an increased risk of injury.
Migration & Self-Rated Health: Comparing Occupational Cohorts in California & Spain (MICASA and ITSAL Projects)
Abstract: International migration is a growing global phenomenon. The magnitude of the global population living outside their countries of origin substantiates the value of considering potential public health issues and their population-wide burden. As migration has yet to be generally accepted as an exposure in and of itself, and encompasses a wide range of experiences and health effects, a measure of overall health is well suited for this research.