Health Status and Health Service Utilization among Older Immigrants to the United States

Document Type

Grant Proposal

Date Accepted

Summer 2010

Project Description/Abstract

The older immigrants, who now make up American’s fastest growing immigrant group, remain invisible to social work research literature. The purposes of this study are to examine the health status and health service utilization patterns of older adults who immigrate to the United States under the legal permanent residency status by using nationally representative data. A modified version of the behavioral model of health services use for vulnerable populations will be used. Logistic regression models will be built to test predisposing, enabling and need factors related to health service utilization among older immigrants. The data is drawn from the first wave of the New Immigrant Survey (N=793). The results from this study will expand our knowledge on older immigrants’ health and service utilization, and therefore provide insights for future social work research and practice on this population.

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