Date of Graduation

Summer 8-2023

Document Access

Project/Capstone - Global access

Degree Name

Master of Public Health (MPH)


School of Nursing and Health Professions


The goal for many older adults suffering from Alzheimer's Disease (AD) and related dementias, is to be able to age in the comfort of their own home and with familiar faces. One of the services many older adults suffering from AD and their families opt for to make this possible are Adult Day Care Programs (ADCP). ADCP offer support to caregivers and are a good alternative to long-term care placement. ADCP provides clients with health monitoring by health professionals, as well as socialization opportunities and assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs) (Oliver et. al., 2013). Although ADCP are a great resource, there currently are many disparities in the groups who benefit from them. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, twenty-two percent of Adult Day Service Centers (ADSC) participants identify as Hispanic/Latino compared to forty-five percent who are non-hispanic white (2018). This paper examines the use of ADSC’s by hispanic AD patients and recommends the establishment of The Promotora Health Education Model to promote community outreach and engagement through Cal-COMPASS funding to improve utilization among this population.