Health Concerns in Latino Communities
In the United States there is a disparity in the access to healthcare for Latinas. Some of the biggest concerns and possible barriers are affordability, physical access, language barrier, cultural sensitivities, political climate, and immigration status. There are many factors possibly at play when it comes to reproductive health.
Claudia Pedone studied Ecuadorian women living abroad in Catalunya, Spain, and showed that that access to care does not improve even for women living in a place where healthcare providers speak the same language and carry a common heritage. This study suggests that there are other factors at play beyond economic and physical proximity, common language, culture, and migratory status that impede women from getting the healthcare they need, but something intangible and cultural/social that they carry within them from their home countries in Latin America.