Date of Award

4-14-2004

Degree Type

Restricted Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Public Health

Field of Study

Community Health

Department

School of Public Health

First Advisor

Kristine Lykens

Second Advisor

Ximena Urrutia-Rojas

Third Advisor

Doug A. Mains

Abstract

This quantitative research study consists of a secondary data analysis examining the factors contributing to the lack of health insurance in a group of Latino immigrants in Fort Worth, and the impact it has on their utilization for health care services. The data analyzed was previously collected to assess the needs for health insurance of Latino immigrants in Fort Worth. Bivariate analysis and multivariate logistic regression analysis methods of the sampled population were determine some of the main factors for lack of health insurance resulting in underutilization of health care service. Results of the study lacked the strong statistical association expected from the predictor variables, however, results of the study reveal areas where health care policies affect and may improve conditions of the immigrant population in Fort Worth, Texas.

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