Graduation Year


Date of Thesis Acceptance

Spring 5-10-2017

Major Department or Program

Race and Ethnic Studies


Suzanne Morrissey


There are public health insurance programs that intend to reduce health care disparities among various racial and ethnic groups, but these efforts often neglect to address the structural foundation that fuels these disparities. In focusing on an aspect of this issue that is relevant to Walla Walla, where there is a large Latino presence, I investigate the structural factors that challenge the health of low-income Latinos working and residing in Walla Walla. This thesis explores how employment status and residential location may challenge low-income Latinos’ ability to sustain their health and pursue health care services at local treatment centers.

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Walla Walla (Wash.), Health insurance, Latin Americans -- United States, Public health - 21st century, Health services accessibility, Socioeconomic status -- Family socioeconomic level -- Lower class, Housing -- Location, Medical centers -- Washington (State), Whitman College -- Dissertation collection 2017 -- Race and Ethnic Studies

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