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Front. Public Health | doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2019.00273

Together for Health: an initiative to access health services for the Hispanic /Mexican population living in the United States

  • 1College of the Northern Border, Mexico
  • 2United States - Mexico Border Health Commission, Mexico
  • 3Other, Mexico
  • 4Instituto de Mexicanos en el exterior, Mexico
  • 5University of Arizona, United States

A disproportionately small percentage of the Hispanic/Mexican population in the United States has adequate access to health services, which decreases quality of life at both the individual and community levels. In addition, it increases risk for preventable diseases through insufficient screening and management. The Mexican Section of the U.S./Mexico Border Health Commission, in efforts to address barriers to accessing preventive health care services for vulnerable populations, launched the initiative Juntos por la Salud (JPLS) that offers health promotion and disease prevention services to Hispanics living in and around 11 U.S. metropolitan cities via mobile health units. This paper presents a descriptive analysis of the JPLS initiative and potential positive impact it has had in reducing barriers faced by the Hispanic population. JPLS screens and provides referrals to primary care services to establish a medical home and has the potential to reduce health care costs in a high-risk population through education and timely health screenings.

Keywords: access to health services, Preventive programs, collaborative programs, Migration and health, mobile health services, immigrant

Received: 03 May 2019; Accepted: 10 Sep 2019.

Copyright: © 2019 Rangel Gomez, López Jaramillo, Svarch, Tonda, Lara, Anderson and Rosales. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

* Correspondence: Dr. Cecilia B. Rosales, University of Arizona, Tucson, United States, crosales@email.arizona.edu