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Research Brief: Health Care in the Shadows

A poll released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Center for Health Policy at the University of New Mexico and implemented by Latino Decisions provides an important perspective on the experiences Latinos are having with immigration policy. Among other important findings, the survey indicates that a meaningful percentage of Latino adults, regardless of nativity, avoid engaging in certain behaviors due to not wanting to be bothered or asked about their citizenship status. This includes 13% who avoid contacting police to report a crime, and nearly 1 out of 10 Latino adults who avoid visiting a doctor or clinic. We also find that avoidance of these activities is higher among Spanish speaking Latinos and those who know someone who have been detained or deported. We view these results as direct evidence that a significant segment of the Latino adult population do in fact live “in the shadows” and that this has an impact on the health and well-being of Latinos.
See the Research Brief, Health Care in the Shadows, by Gabriel R. Sanchez, Francisco I. Pedraza, and Edward D. Vargas