Barriers to Latino Warehouse Workers’ Health Care: Survey Results from Inland Southern California and Policy Implications.

Emmons Allison, Juliann, Mila Huston, Hali Monserrat Pinedo, and Ellen Reese.

Journal of Poverty 21, no. 5 (2017): 389-410.


This article uses original survey data to explore the barriers to health care access among Latinos who are low-wage warehouse workers, providing a window on health care vulnerabilities of workers of low wages that are especially acute among undocumented immigrants and contingent workers. About one third of respondents had visited a doctor in the past year, whereas about two thirds lacked health insurance. Results from our logistic regression analysis show that, controlling for other factors, unemployed workers, direct hires, and those with health insurance had significantly greater odds than those without these characteristics to have visited a doctor in the past year. Along with changes in immigration and health care policies, reducing employers’ reliance on temporary staffing agencies is imperative for improving these and other low-wage workers’ health care access.

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