Honors Program

Midway Honors

Date of Award


Thesis Professor(s)

Megan Quinn, Michael McKamey

Thesis Professor Department

Biostatistics and Epidemiology

Thesis Reader(s)

Ardis Nelson, Mikki Johnson-Maczka


As the Hispanic population continues to grow in the United States, especially in the South, it is critical for healthcare workers to provide culturally competent care as required by certain laws. The Latina experience is of significant importance due to the role Latina mothers play in their families and communities. It is necessary to understand the perspective of this population and the experience of the Latina mother in regards to healthcare; specifically, how have language barriers hindered care, what perceptions of bias or discrimination have been encountered, and how do these factors influence their healthcare decisions and outcomes. Research has been conducted that identifies language and bias as barriers to access; however, further research is necessary to identify how these barriers influence a Latina mother’s perception of the healthcare system with an emphasis placed on East Tennessee. Therefore, it is critical for more studies to be conducted in order to identify what public health officials can change in order to provide equal access to this significant demographic.

Document Type

Honors Thesis - Open Access

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