Barriers to Care: Health Promotion among Hispanic Men

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Abstract

This article advocates for the need to increase the social science literature of policy implications for long-term interventions for the Hispanic community. Existing research recognizes numerous barriers contributing to low healthcare utilization for Hispanic populations; however, very little research in the social sciences is specific in the identification of barriers that are unique for Hispanic men. This article provides a general overview of men's health and highlights Hispanic men's health outcomes and associated disparities, common intervention descriptions implemented in the Hispanic communities, and future research of the increase of healthcare utilization for Hispanic men using a theory of gender focusing on the construction of masculinity and health. This article uses a sociological framework of gender behavior constructs and compares gendered behaviors to healthcare utilization. Concluding arguments suggest that as research in this direction develops further, health providers can use this literature to implement change in health promotion targeting Hispanic men.

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