This thesis is about Hispanic/Latino health care accessibility primarily in Wayne County, Ohio. My research question focuses on the impediments that Hispanics/Latinos face when they visit a clinic or hospital. These impediments can vary from basic transportation to cultural misunderstandings between patient and health care practitioner. The research that I have conducted has been through personal interviews. These interviews have been recorded and transcribed and will be analyzed for the content of their answers and attempt to see the similarities and differences between their peers in regards to a similar situation. Given that I am interviewing health care practitioners and Hispanic/Latino members of the community, this paper will benefit the overall community in the future. Part of this project looks at the importance of culture and traditionalism within the Hispanic/Latino community. I analyze the way that in order to create stronger ties to health care organizations, these same organizations have to understand and respect the importance of culture. By becoming more culturally sensitive and aware of the diverse pool of patients that health practitioners see on a daily basis, more relationships and ties will be formed.


Tierney, Thomas


Sociology and Anthropology


Community-Based Research | Inequality and Stratification | Medicine and Health | Race and Ethnicity


Latino, Hispanic, Health Care, Disparities, Midwest, Rural, Ohio

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Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

Document Type

Senior Independent Study Thesis



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