Health Status, Perceptions and Needs of Hispanics in Rural Shelbyville, Kentucky

Irma N. Ramos, Savitri N. Appana, Guy Brock, Ted Kalbfleisch, Qiang He, Kenneth S. Ramos

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This cross-sectional study was completed to characterize the health status, perceptions and needs of Hispanics in Shelbyville, KY, USA. Community Health Workers interviewed 668 Hispanic residents in Shelbyville, KY, USA. Data were collected from 2009 to 2010 and analyzed from 2011 until present. Hispanic immigrants from Mexico and other Central American countries completed the survey. The most common self-reported diseases were allergies, asthma, diabetes, lung disease and cardiovascular disease. High blood pressure and diabetes were the two most common diagnoses among insured, older females. Health education, disease prevention and nutrition were the top health concerns among participants. Deficits in health care infrastructure for this largely transient community may compromise their ability to meet health care needs and concerns. Similar issues may be faced by other disadvantaged Hispanic communities in the continental US and likely to be influenced by anticipated provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)148-155
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Immigrant and Minority Health
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2013

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© 2013, Springer Science+Business Media New York.


  • Community health
  • Community health workers
  • Hispanic health
  • Risk factors of disease
  • Rural Kentucky

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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