A Comprehensive Health Profile of Guyanese Immigrants Aged 18–64 in Schenectady, New York
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Guyanese immigrants are the 5th largest foreign-born group in NY State, but sparse literature is available on their health status and health needs. A community-based health interview survey of Schenectady NY residents aged 18–64 (N = 1861) was analyzed. Bivariate comparisons between Guyanese respondents and White, Black, and Hispanic respondents were made for each variable to identify disparities. As predominantly low SES immigrants, Guyanese adults were less likely to be covered by health insurance, have a usual place for care, and receive cancer screenings. They were more likely to engage in alcohol binge drinking, but generally in good overall physical and mental health and less likely to smoke or report disability. Stable family structure and supportive interpersonal relationships are major assets of this group. Improved access to affordable health insurance, linkages to primary care, targeted cancer screening programs, and culturally-sensitive behavioral health services are recommended for Guyanese immigrants.
KeywordsGuyanese immigrants Healthcare access Healthcare utilization Cancer screening Health behavior
The Schenectady Foundation provided funding for the UMS survey. We thank Ellis Medicine in Schenectady for their support of this study.
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