“They said they didn’t have one available” – Exploring Spanish-speaking healthcare access for Latina women in Chicago suburbs

Authors: Aida Guhlincozzi*, University of Illinois
Topics: Health and Medical, Latinx Geographies , Geography and Urban Health
Keywords: access, Latinas, health care, health geography
Session Type: Virtual Paper
Day: 4/8/2021
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:15 AM
Room: Virtual 8
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How accessible is linguistically-appropriate health care to Latina women in suburban landscapes that were historically white and English-speaking? Using survey research and GIS analysis, this paper presents the ways that the varying identity factors of Latinas - particularly gender, role in household, ethno-national identity, linguistic identity, and immigration status - traverse known healthcare access barriers. Focusing on what access looks like for Latina women, this project expands the linkages between these identities and the types of access associated with healthcare – availability, acceptability, accessibility, affordability, and accommodation. With a case study in neighborhoods of suburban Chicago, this project takes steps forward in the process of disaggregating the monolithic identity of “Latinas” and exploring how these differences lead to varying levels of health care access. This paper suggests specific interventions for structural barrier-reduction to better serve minoritized communities, instead of a monolithic-Latina approach.

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