Health Service Barriers and Health Seeking Behaviors among Miami-Dade Latino Communities

Findings from a community assessment in Miami-Dade County, Florida, conducted by researchers at Florida International University (FIU) and the University of Miami (UM), suggest that Latinos from the inner city, farm worker, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) communities report four major issues affecting health service access and health services resources. These barriers to health services were reported by community leaders and other members of the community in focus groups, forums, and one-on one interviews. Study findings included that, in the LGBTQ community, transgender individuals have greater needs, are at higher risk of being stigmatized, and have more barriers to access health care services. In addition to healthcare barriers, other study findings are shared in this video.

This educational video presents findings from a Latino community needs assessment that includes Latino farm worker, inner-city, and LGBTQ+ communities within Miami-Dade County, Florida. This series also presents findings and public health implications of a clinical intervention study with adult Latino men (i.e., HoMBRES de Familia).

This research is sponsored by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) under award # U54MD002266: the Center for Latino Health Research Opportunities (CLaRO). The views expressed here are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of NIMHD or the National Institutes of Health.

CLaRO is a collaboration between Florida International University (FIU) and the University of Miami (UM) in South Florida. CLaRO activities at FIU are implemented and administered by the FIU Center for Research on US Latino HIV/AIDS and Drug Abuse (CRUSADA).

Community Based Participatory Research: Our research is often conducted with the support of, and in collaboration with, our Latino communities. We collaborate with community members, leaders, key stakeholders, informants, and agencies to study the most pressing health issues found in our underserved Latino communities.

We will continue to share research findings with our Latino communities and individuals that make our research possible.

For more information, visit:

CLaRO: Center for Latino Health Research Opportunities

University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies

Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work

National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities