Latino Health in Southwestern Pennsylvania

Dissertations and Theses List – Latinos in Southwestern Pennsylvania

Patricia Documet ( )—Latino’s health care access in southwestern Pennsylvania (dissertation - public health; 2001; access to health care for adults, detailed description of community; mixed methods approach). Access here

Mara DeLuca ( )—Health care needs and social integration among Pittsburgh's uninsured Latinos (thesis  - public health ; adults attending Birmingham clinic, 2007; qualitative interviews). Access at:

Adriana Dobrzycka ( )- The community health workers (CHWs) model as a viable measure that will strengthen access to health care and health information for the refugees and immigrants living in the Greater Pittsburgh region. (thesis-public health, 2008; immigrants; refugees; Community health workers; Pittsburgh; qualitative interviews). Access here:

Lindsay Walker (Lossasso)—How Do Prenatal Care Clinicians Perceive Their Role in Care for Latina Immigrants in Allegheny County, PA? (thesis- public health ; providers who care for Latino women in prenatal care; 2009; qualitative interviews). Access at:

Meagan Carnahan (Niebler) ( )—Birth Experiences of Immigrant Latina Women in a New Growth Community (thesis - public health; mothers who gave birth in Maggee, 2011; qualitative interviews). Access at:

Yolanda Hernández-Albújar—Narratives of Identity and Motherhood Among Latin American Migrant Women (dissertation -sociology; narratives of motherhood of Latino immigrant mothers; 2011; qualitative interviews). Access at:

Andrea Kamouyerou ( )—Insights Into an Invisible Community: A Photovoice Project with Latino Immigrant Men in Allegheny County (thesis - public health; adult men – 2011; photovoice). Access at:

Laura Macia ( )—Dealing With Grievances: The Latino Experience in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (dissertation - anthropology; 2012 legal anthropology, detailed description of community; mixed methods approach). Access at:

Amalia Pesantes ( )—Taking Care of Undocumented Children: How Parents and Providers Secure Health Care for Uninsured Latino Children in a New Growth Community (thesis - public health; undocumented children; Latinos; Southwestern Pennsylvania; health insurance; children). Access at: 

Monica Jacobo ( )—Educating immigrant children in the United States: A mixed methods analysis of achievement of Hispanic students in Pennsylvania (dissertation – public and international affairs; educational achievement, policy - 2013 mixed methods approach). Access at:

Jesabel Rivera de Jesús ( ) Influyentes: A strategy to improve flu vaccination coverage among Hispanics in Pittsburgh, PA (essay- public health; Flu, vaccination, communication strategy, Hispanics; program planning) Access here

Gonzalez Alburquerque, Flor de Abril ( An evaluation of the Parents as Teachers model at the Latino family center in Pittsburgh, PA. (thesis - public health; Evaluation, latino, home visiting, parents as teachers, mixed methods, survey). Access at:

Steren, Karina ( DanSa, a dance curriculum to increase physical activity in a newly emerging Latino community. (thesis - public health; physical activity; Hispanic; dance). Access at:

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Documet PI, Sharma R. Latinos Health Care Access: Financial and Cultural Barriers. Journal of Immigrant Health. 2004 Jan; 6 (1):5-13.

Documet PI, Green H, Adams J, Weil LA, Stockdale J, Hyseni Y. Perspectives of African American, Amish, Appalachian and Latina Women on Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening: Implications for Cultural Competence. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved. 2008; 19 (1):56-74.

Documet, P.I., Macia, L., Scaglion, R., DeWalt, K. Latinos’ use of social relationships: Parallels between health issues and legal problems. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 43 (Supplement 1): 125, 2012.

Lara-Cinisomo, S., Wisner, K.L., Burns, R.B., Chaves-Gnecco, D. Perinatal Depression Treatment Preferences Among Latina Mothers. Qualitative Health Research. 2014; 24(2):232-241.

Documet PI, Kamouyerou A, Pesantes A, Macia L, Maldonado H, Fox AR, Bachurski L, Morgenstern D, Gonzalez M, Boyzo R, Guadamuz T (2013) Participatory assessment of the health of Latino immigrant men in a community with a growing Latino population. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health. 2013.

Benadof, D, Polk, D, Documet, PI. Stages and transitions in the development of tooth brushing skills in children of Mexican immigrant families. A qualitative study. Published online Jun. 16, 2015  | DOI: 10.1111/jphd.12108

Niebler, M., Documét, P. I., Chaves-Gnecco, D., & Guadamuz, T. E. (2015). Birth Experiences of Immigrant Latina Women in a New Growth Community. Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities, 1-7.

Documet, P. I., Macia, L., Thompson, A., Gonzalez, M., Boyzo, R., Fox, A. R., & Guadamuz, T. E. (2015). A Male Promotores Network for Latinos Process Evaluation From a Community-Based Participatory Project. Health promotion practice.

Macia, L., Ruiz, H.C., Boyzo, R., Documet, P.I. (2016). Promotores' Perspectives on a Male-to-Male Peer Network. Health Education Research. Published online April 21, 2016  | DOI: 10.1111/jphd.12108. 

Macia, L. (2016). Experiences of Discrimination in an Emerging Latina/o Community. PoLAR: Political and Legal Anthropology Review, 39(1), 110-126.