Assessment of medical needs of the Hispanic community in Macon-Bibb County, Georgia

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10675.2/621556
Title:
Assessment of medical needs of the Hispanic community in Macon-Bibb County, Georgia
Authors:
Giguere-Belanger, Kim; Pino, Jose; Lian, Brad
Abstract:
Background: Little is known about the health concerns and issues among the Hispanic community in growing, mid-sized cities, such as Macon, Georgia. Methods: A questionnaire on general health-related issues was given to a sample of 125 Hispanic participants. Results: The top health concerns of the Hispanic community were diabetes, obesity, and dental hygiene; the most common factors preventing Hispanics from receiving medical treatment were the lack of insurance, language barriers, and copayments or deductibles being too high. Conclusions: Lack of higher education and the inability to communicate effectively in English may be manifested as difficulties in finding proper information about where to access insurance and healthcare. Therefore, awareness campaigns, more advertising in Spanish, and perhaps increasing the availability of English lessons may be helpful for this population.
Affiliation:
Mercer University
Publisher:
Georgia Public Health Association
Journal:
Journal of the Georgia Public Health Association
Issue Date:
2011
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10675.2/621556
Type:
Other
Language:
en
Appears in Collections:
jGPHA Volume 6, Number 2 (2016)

Full metadata record

DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorGiguere-Belanger, Kimen
dc.contributor.authorPino, Joseen
dc.contributor.authorLian, Braden
dc.date.accessioned2017-08-15T22:56:24Z-
dc.date.available2017-08-15T22:56:24Z-
dc.date.issued2011-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10675.2/621556-
dc.description.abstractBackground: Little is known about the health concerns and issues among the Hispanic community in growing, mid-sized cities, such as Macon, Georgia. Methods: A questionnaire on general health-related issues was given to a sample of 125 Hispanic participants. Results: The top health concerns of the Hispanic community were diabetes, obesity, and dental hygiene; the most common factors preventing Hispanics from receiving medical treatment were the lack of insurance, language barriers, and copayments or deductibles being too high. Conclusions: Lack of higher education and the inability to communicate effectively in English may be manifested as difficulties in finding proper information about where to access insurance and healthcare. Therefore, awareness campaigns, more advertising in Spanish, and perhaps increasing the availability of English lessons may be helpful for this population.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherGeorgia Public Health Associationen
dc.subjecthispanicen
dc.subjectmedical careen
dc.subjecthealthen
dc.titleAssessment of medical needs of the Hispanic community in Macon-Bibb County, Georgiaen
dc.typeOtheren
dc.contributor.departmentMercer Universityen
dc.identifier.journalJournal of the Georgia Public Health Associationen
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