Revista Panamericana de Salud Pública
Print version ISSN 1020-4989
RUIZ, Marco and BRIONES-CHAVEZ, Carlo Sebastian. How to improve the health of undocumented Latino immigrants with HIV in New Orleans: an agenda for action. Rev Panam Salud Publica [online]. 2010, vol.28, n.1, pp. 66-70. ISSN 1020-4989. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1020-49892010000700010.
Latino communities continue to grow in the United States. These communities are significantly affected by HIV infection. New Orleans is a city whose demographics have changed since Hurricane Katrina in 2005, as numerous Latinos/Hispanics came to the city to help rebuild it. This population might have a higher risk of HIV acquisition and problems with access to health care. Data on HIV infection in these populations are insufficient. Active community participation and commitment of key stakeholders are important for developing strategies to bring about change. Political and social support is also a major determinant of any potential change. The following were common ground points after meetings with key stakeholders: (1) to analyze and diagnose health situations in documented and undocumented communities with HIV/AIDS in the city of New Orleans; (2) to develop partnerships and networks among stakeholders with a significant presence in Latino/Hispanic communities in the city; (3) to strengthen research in Latino/Hispanic community issues among research centers, academicians, and health care services; (4) to investigate the development of prevention strategies and technical innovations; (5) to advocate strategies to improve health care access among documented and undocumented immigrants. This project will report additional findings soon.
Keywords : illegal immigration; HIV infections; Hispanic Americans; delivery of health care; United States of America.