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NEW REPORT: Poverty, Community Needs, and Service Access in Walla Walla

This report explores how human service and neighborhood-based organizations might best serve low-income residents. In partnership with Commitment 2 Community of Walla Walla, we assess the needs and characteristics of three low-income neighborhoods in this small rural city where many Latinos and non-Latinos alike live in poverty. We analyze the use of human services in […]

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Walla Walla Poverty Assessment: How Transportation, Healthcare, Employment, and Domestic Abuse Affect Latinos and Others in Poverty

This study examines the characteristics and causes of poverty in Walla Walla, WA, particularly for the Latino population. The research asks several questions: due to the inherently multifarious nature of poverty itself, how do the variables of employment, transportation, health care, and domestic abuse affect the poor population? Additionally, what is being done currently to […]

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The State of the State for Vineyard Farmworkers in the Walla Walla Valley

This research analyzes how the unique position of the wine industry as a combination of retail and agricultural production affects the particular health, housing, and labor needs of vineyard farmworkers. How has this come about, and what are the most effective means to address these needs? I investigate the structural characteristics of Washington wine grape production, such as […]

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Neighborhood Based Organizations, Latinos, and the Community at Large: A Case Study in Walla Walla Washington

I examined the impacts of neighborhood-based organizations (NBOs) on the general community where they work. My goal was to understand if the improvements made in poor and mixed race neighborhoods can lead to benefits for the community at large. I focused specifically on Commitment to Community (C2C) in Walla Walla, Washington, and their work with […]

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Community-Based Health Services For Poor And/Or Undocumented Latino Immigrants In Washington

My report explores the role that community-based health services play in reducing barriers to healthcare access facing poor and/or undocumented Latino immigrants. I examine how these programs could be expanded or improved to increase their effectiveness. I also pinpoint the steps that Washington can take to support these community-based programs and to foster conditions in […]

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Call For A School-Based Preventative Approach To Domestic Violence Among Latinos In Washington State

This report examines approaches to reducing domestic violence against Latino youth in Washington State. Unique socio-economic, political, and cultural circumstances affecting Latinos perpetuate a high rate of domestic violence that increases with subsequent generations born in the United States. These factors also restrict Latinos’ access to resources, which impedes incident reporting. Domestic violence programs have […]

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The Outside Of Town: An Analysis Of Housing Conditions For Latino Farm Worker Children In Washington and Their Impact on Educational Success

This report examines the relationship between Latino farmworkers’ housing conditions and the educational success of their children. What are the dynamics of this relationship in Washington State? How is health impacted by housing, and how does health impact educational outcomes? Methods: I concurrently examined scholarly literature and reports documenting the national prevalence of health problems […]

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LATINOS & HIV/AIDS PREVENTION

Matteo Leggett, Whitman College “I felt rejected by the people because they thought that I was positive, even though I didn’t show any signs of being positive, I never said I was positive, because in the community in which we reside, we are many Hispanics, and the community has yet to educate itself, they think […]

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The State of Public Health for Washington Latinos

The purpose of this project is to compile information regarding the health profile of Washington Latinos and assess the way nonprofit clinics for low-income patients address these needs. Methods: I gathered information from a number of published sources, including the US Department of Health and Human Services and the Washington State Board of Health, to […]

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Access to Health Insurance and Health Care For Latinos in Washington State

This project examines access to health insurance and health care for Latinos in Washington State. My research aims to provide a general overview of the extent to which the health needs of the Latino community in Washington are being met. More specifically, I examine the rates of health insurance coverage within the Latino community and […]

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