Health Threats that Can Affect Hispanic/Latino Migrants and Immigrants

  • Thomas M. PainterEmail author


Various health threats can affect Hispanic/Latino migrants and immigrants en route to and from, and following their arrival in the United States (US). In this chapter, I describe several of these health threats and examples of approaches that have been used to address some of them, and describe social-structural and circumstantial factors that can affect migrant and immigrant health. I then briefly describe factors that than can affect two Hispanic/Latino immigrant subpopulations that may be particularly vulnerable to health threats: women and children/minors. I also suggest that the concept of structural vulnerability is useful for characterizing and understanding the varied circumstances of Hispanic/Latino migrants and immigrants in their countries of origin and the US. I conclude the chapter with a brief reprise of several topics that merit further study.


Hispanic Latinx Latino Health threats Immigrants Migrants Women Children Structural Vulnerability 



I am grateful to Ken Dominguez, Michael Flynn, Airin Martinez, and Scott D. Rhodes for their comments on sections in earlier versions of this chapter; however, I am solely responsible for any interpretations contained herein.


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  1. 1.Division of HIV/AIDS PreventionU.S. Centers for Disease Control and PreventionAtlantaUSA

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