Health and healthcare perspectives of African American residents of an unincorporated community: A qualitative assessment

Denae W. King, S. Amy Snipes, Angelica P. Herrera, Lovell A. Jones

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Abstract

Residential perspectives about health in unincorporated communities are virtually unexplored. In this study, we conducted focus groups to assess individual and community health status, environmental health mediators, and systematic barriers to healthcare among African American residents of the unincorporated town, Fresno, Texas. Residents described their individual health status as excellent, but depicted the community's health status as fair. Unaffordable healthcare, limited access to healthcare, and environmental mediators were perceived to impact the Fresno community's health status. Our findings suggest a need to begin to examine health outcomes for minority residents in other unincorporated communities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)420-428
Number of pages9
JournalHealth and Place
Volume15
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Health(social science)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies

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