Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health

, Volume 18, Issue 4, pp 928–934

Foreign-Born Latinos Living in Rural Areas are more likely to Experience Health Care Discrimination: Results from Proyecto de Salud para Latinos

Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10903-015-0281-2

Cite this article as:
López-Cevallos, D.F. & Harvey, S.M. J Immigrant Minority Health (2016) 18: 928. doi:10.1007/s10903-015-0281-2


Health care discrimination is increasingly considered a significant barrier to accessing health services among minority populations, including Latinos. However, little is known about the role of immigration status. The purpose of this study was to examine the association between immigration status and perceived health care discrimination among Latinos living in rural areas. Interviews were conducted among 349 young-adult Latinos (ages 18 to 25) living in rural Oregon, as part of Proyecto de Salud para Latinos. Over a third of participants experienced health care discrimination (39.5 %). Discrimination was higher among foreign-born (44.9 %) rather than US-born Latinos (31.9 %). Multivariate results showed that foreign-born Latinos were significantly more likely to experience health care discrimination, even after controlling for other relevant factors (OR = 2.10, 95 % CI 1.16–3.82). This study provides evidence that health care discrimination is prevalent among young-adult Latinos living in rural areas, particularly the foreign-born. Effective approaches towards reducing discrimination in health care settings should take into consideration the need to reform our broken immigration system.


Immigration status Access to health care Discrimination Healthcare disparities Latinos 

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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2015

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for Latino/a Studies and EngagementOregon State UniversityCorvallisUSA
  2. 2.School of Public HealthUniversidad San Francisco de QuitoQuitoEcuador
  3. 3.College of Public Health and Human SciencesOregon State UniversityCorvallisUSA

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