Reducing the Digital Divide: Why Culturally Relevant eHealth Interventions Can Reduce Latino Health Disparities
Date of Graduation
Project/Capstone - Global access
Master of Public Health (MPH)
School of Nursing and Health Professions
Jovita Murillo-León, DrPH, MPH, MA
Objectives: This paper systematically reviews the recent literature on incorporating culturally relevant material in electronic health (eHealth) tools for Latinos. Latinos are a fast-growing ethnic population set to reach 119 million individuals by 2060 (Velasco-Mondragon et al., 2016). Latinos are also disproportionately affected by comorbidities and other poor health outcomes. Developing a culturally sensitive eHealth tool can lead to positive health outcomes among Latinos. Methods: Peer-reviewed articles and analyses were extracted to identify whether eHealth was associated with positive health outcomes among Latino adults. Four literature databases were used to extract English-language articles published from 2001 to 2022. Furthermore, data from the CDC and WHO were extracted for statistical data regarding Latinos in the US. Recommendations: Improvements in eHealth are needed to increase Latino engagement. Possible factors to consider when developing a culturally relevant eHealth intervention are peer support, technical training, and language done by community messengers like CHWs and trusted members of the community. Conclusion: eHealth use is increasing throughout the country, but the service is not tailored to Latino communities. With necessary improvements, eHealth can increase engagement in healthcare services and improve health outcomes among the target population.
Garcia-Silva, Blanca Flor, "Reducing the Digital Divide: Why Culturally Relevant eHealth Interventions Can Reduce Latino Health Disparities" (2022). Master's Projects and Capstones. 1421.
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