Health Implications of Social Isolation in the Hispanic Population

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Mickenna Turner Danjie Zheng Richard Prior


By Mickenna Turner, Nursing; Danjie Zheng, Nursing

Advisor: Richard Prior

Presentation ID: PM_A20

Abstract: For 2016, the Hispanic population was approximately 57.5 million and represented about 17.8% of the U.S. population. National projections estimate that the number of U.S. Hispanics will reach 119 million or 28.6% of the population by the year 2060. More than 54% of the U.S. Hispanic residents were reported to be living in California, Florida and Texas and only nine U.S. states reported more than 1 million Hispanic residents. Increased demands for social and medical services that are accommodating to the Hispanic population's needs have required states with dense Hispanic communities to develop resources to further meet the needs of the populations. Furthermore, areas and states with large Hispanic populations allow and encourage more opportunities for socialization and relationship building amongst community members. Recently there is a trend of Hispanic immigrants and migrants moving into more rural and segregated areas which have been referred to as "new destination areas" and it is reported that the population lacks necessary healthcare resources. Additionally, members of the Hispanic communities in these isolated areas may be suffering poor mental and physical health outcomes due to social isolation. This review will discuss the effects of social isolation and poor access to healthcare needs such as acute work injuries and chronic health conditions. Barriers perceived by Hispanic immigrants for building relationships and improving overall health will also be explored.

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