Health Disparities Of Latino Immigrant Workers In The United States

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Adam Hege PhD, Assistant Professor (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
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Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to provide an overview of the literature pertaining to occupational health disparities experienced by Latino immigrant workers in the USA and to advance a general framework based on systems science to inform epidemiological and intervention research. Using papers and other sources from 2000 to the present, the authors examined the employment conditions and health outcomes of Latino immigrant workers and critically analyzed the pervasive evidence of health disparities, including causal mechanisms and associated intervention programs. The occupations, including the work environment and resultant living conditions, frequently performed by Latino immigrants in the USA represent a distinct trigger of increased injury risk and poor health outcomes. Extant intervention programs have had modest results at best and are in need of more comprehensive approaches to address the complex nature of health disparities. An integrated, systems-based framework concerning occupational health disparities among Latino immigrant workers allows for a holistic approach encompassing innovative methods and can inform high-leverage interventions including public policy. Reductionist approaches to health disparities have had significant limitations and miss the complete picture of the many influences. The framework the authors have provided elucidates a valuable method for reducing occupational health disparities among Latino immigrant workers as well as other populations.

Additional Information

Hege, A., Vallejos, Q. M., Apostolopoulos, Y., & Lemke, M. K. (2015). Health disparities of latino immigrant workers in the united states. International Journal of Migration, Health, and Social Care, 11(4), 282-298. doi: Publisher version of record available at:
Language: English
Date: 2015
Immigrants, Complexity, Health and safety, Disparities, Latino workers, Overview of literature

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