Health and Quality of Life Within Colonias Settlements Along the United States and Mexico Border

Authors

  • Ruth Davidhizar R.N., D.N.S., C.S., FAAN,

    1. Ruth Davidhizar is a Dean and Professor of Nursing, Bethel College, Mishawaka, Indiana. Gregory A. Bechtel is a Professor, Graduate Programs in Nursing, Southern University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
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  • Gregory A. Bechtel M.P.H., Ph.D.

    1. Ruth Davidhizar is a Dean and Professor of Nursing, Bethel College, Mishawaka, Indiana. Gregory A. Bechtel is a Professor, Graduate Programs in Nursing, Southern University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
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Address correspondence to Dr. Gregory A. Bechtel, Southern University, Graduate Programs in Nursing, P.O. Box 11784, Baton Rouge, LA 70813. E-mail: gbechtel@earthlink.net

Abstract

The Colonias settlements along the United States–Mexican border are reflective of third-world communities. Although most of the residents are U.S. citizens, they lack the basic educational and work opportunities found in most parts of the country. Because of the limited infrastructure, diseases controlled in most parts of the world are epidemic within these communities. Using the Giger and Davidhizar Transcultural Assessment Model, public health nurses can be instrumental in coordinating services in partnership with community members to enhance health and social service programs.

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