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Taking a closer look at the oral health needs of migrant Mexican families: an evaluation of Boca Sana, Cuerpo Sano

Phuntsog, Thupten (2015) Taking a closer look at the oral health needs of migrant Mexican families: an evaluation of Boca Sana, Cuerpo Sano. Master Essay, University of Pittsburgh.

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Migrant Mexicans are a particularly vulnerable population of the Hispanic/Latino community, as many of them are undocumented with no legal status in the United States. While they remain largely invisible to the people for which they plant, cultivate and harvest produce, they face tremendous risk for poor health outcomes. Especially in regards to oral health, there are significant socioeconomic and racial disparities, which leaves their dental needs considerably unmet. Boca Sana, Cuerpo Sano aims to 1) Improve oral health literacy and 2) reduce barriers to dental care access for migrant Mexican families in North San Diego County, California by using a community-based participatory research approach. Culturally appropriate educational materials were developed and lay community health workers were recruited and trained to provide oral health education. Process and outcome measures were examined to understand program effectiveness and fidelity in achieving intended goals. Evaluation measures indicated that participants experienced a significant increase in oral health knowledge but did not have particularly notable improvements in attitudes and behaviors. The sample size used for this evaluation does not include all Boca Sana, Cuerpo Sana participants, due to time constraints in obtaining post-surveys. As this program expands, it holds great potential to make a significant public health impact for migrant Mexican families in the United States through oral health education and support.


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Item Type: Other Thesis, Dissertation, or Long Paper (Master Essay)
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Phuntsog, Thuptentdp18@pitt.eduTDP18
ContributionContributors NameEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairHawk, Marymeh96@pitt.eduMEH96UNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberKammerer, Candace Mcmk3@pitt.eduCMK3UNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberElias, Thistleelias@pitt.eduELIASUNSPECIFIED
Date: 6 April 2015
Date Type: Submission
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Public Health > Behavioral and Community Health Sciences
Degree: MPH - Master of Public Health
Thesis Type: Master Essay
Refereed: Yes
Date Deposited: 06 Nov 2015 15:21
Last Modified: 01 Jul 2023 11:03


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