Graduate Annual


Undocumented Latino immigrants (UIs) diagnosed with diabetes mellitus in Philadelphia are a highly vulnerable population due to the lack of social protection, fear of deportation, low educational levels, communication barriers, unfamiliarity with the U.S. healthcare system, and discrimination. The goal of this research proposal is to interpret data about diabetic UIs disease knowledge, barriers to access care and care practices. Using an interpretative phenomenological design, interviews, and observations will be used to collect data. A purposive sample of study participants will be recruited using word of mouth and snowballing methods at the Puentes de Salud clinic site, Saint Veronica and Saint Lawrence Catholic churches. Information obtained in this project may assist health professionals to design future programs to meet the specific needs of this community.