Tuberculosis risk and prevention, treatment and drug resistance remain problematic for recent immigrants to urban areas in the United States, including those from Mexico, Central and South America. This research on health and social agency staff serving Hispanics (Latinos) in selected urban areas with relatively high incidence of tuberculosis was designed to develop culturally appropriate educational materials with the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention-Division of Tuberculosis Elimination. Qualitative research methods were applied in bilingual focus groups and interviews with Hispanic agency directors and staff representing health and social service organizations in eleven cities, from 2003 to 2007. Tuberculosis was found to be socially constructed in Hispanic/Latino communities as a "hidden" chronic disease in interpretations of risk and potential for recovery. Social isolation, cultural, legal and economic barriers, and limited prevention resources were identified as affecting health education, prevention and disease management with patients and clients. The majority of Hispanic organizational leaders and staff responded positively to collaboration in tuberculosis education, and modified messages to communicate disease risk and prevention effectively and reduce potential for stigmatization.
|Title of host publication||Building Community Capacity|
|Subtitle of host publication||Minority and Immigrant Populations|
|Publisher||Nova Science Publishers, Inc.|
|Number of pages||8|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 2012|