In recent years, the United States (U.S.) has seen an influx of Hispanic/Latino migrants/ immigrants fleeing their homes in South America, seeking opportunities for a better life in the U.S. Immigrants and their families often present to the U.S. with unique, unmet health care needs that ultimately impact the U.S. healthcare system and migrant health outcomes. Migration is a significant burden for the U.S. health care delivery system today and further magnifies known problems including inability to provide care to all because of lack of insurance for all, racial disparities in care outcomes, and unequal distribution of providers. There is also a shortage of primary care providers in the U.S., partly due to low compensation for these specialized essential workers. Consequently, many medical graduates pursue higher paying specialties to compensate for the educational debt they have incurred in medical school. The results of a literature review indicate there are many factors impacting Hispanic/Latino migrant healthcare needs. Findings from the review were consistent: Non-physician providers such as NPs are in a pivotal role to provide cost-effective, high quality care, comparable to physician providers for the immigrant population.


Gwen Verchota

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Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)


School of Nursing


Allied Health and Nursing


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