Procuring Health: Experiences of Mexican Immigrant Women in Rural Midwestern Communities
Thematic analysis was used to analyze interview data from 15 first-generation Mexican immigrant women who resided in two rural Midwestern communities. Ten themes were identified and aligned with four thematic areas of interest (meaning of being healthy, strategies to promote health, challenges to health, and supports for health). This study provides insights into the complexities and realities faced by Mexican immigrant women, as they strove to obtain optimal health in rural America, and contributes to the growing literature focused on health disparities among ethnic and racial minorities. Implications for research, professional practice, and public policy are discussed. Ethnographic and longitudinal studies that include the perspectives of populations that are difficult to reach such as first-generation Latino immigrant families are needed to further explore the nuances of achieving health in growing, diverse areas of rural America.
This accepted article is published as Greder, K. & Reina, A. S. Procuring health: Experiences of Mexican immigrant women in rural Midwestern communities. Qualitative Health Research, 29(9). Doi: 10.1177/1049732318816676. Posted with permission.