Victoria Villanueva Guzman
Research Mentor(s): Teresa Satterfield, Professor
Research Mentor School/College/Department: Romance Languages and Literatures, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
Presentation Date: Thursday, April 22, 2021
Session: Session 4 (2pm-2:50pm)
Breakout Room: Room 11
This study’s focus is on the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and aims to examine the US healthcare system. Research shows persistent racial and ethnic disparities, in health services provided, particularly for people of color (Journal of Infectious Diseases). The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic brought to light major disparities in Latinx adults’ hospitalization and death rates during the last year. Specific research questions include: “Does the US healthcare system accurately portray treatment for Latinx adults? What factors may lead to possible disparities within the healthcare system? How might such disparities affect the overall system, particularly in the Latinx community?” To study these questions, data are collected from N>300 Spanish-language surveys administered online to Spanish-speaking respondents across the US. The survey was designed to assess levels of self-affirmation in relation to ethnic and racial identity (ERI). Survey data will be analyzed using SPSS. We predict that survey participants will elicit responses of self-identity rejection in questions indicating discrimination within the US healthcare system and with healthcare professionals (authority figures). The current study of ERI contributes new data to research on the effects of perceived or actual discrimination in healthcare systems, especially for Latinxs, the largest growing US demographic.