Latinos in Rural Areas: Addressing Mental Health Disparities in New Growth Communities

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Abstract

Although many communities fail to provide adequate mental health support for immigrants, the problem is particularly evident in rural areas. In these areas, access barriers—geographic isolation, the lack of public transportation systems, and the shortage of health care providers—are particularly acute. In this chapter, we draw on our research and outreach experience with Latino immigrants in the Midwest to illustrate the gaps between this population’s needs and the available resources. We also provide some possible strategies for bridging those gaps and make recommendations regarding much needed changes to augment the technical capacity to serve Latinos in rural areas.