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Mia Roman-Wilson

Class of 2024Hermosa Beach, California


Hi! My name is Mia and my Polygence project is on how Hispanic Americans receive disproportionate access to quality healthcare and some ways to combat this. I chose this project because I am growing up in Los Angeles and witnessing how a history of redlining and racial discrimination still impacts communities today. After I complete this project, I want to publish my research paper and hopefully use it to make an impact on my community!


  • "Barriers to healthcare access for the Rural Hispanic-American immigrant population. " with mentor HEAVEN (Aug. 13, 2023)

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Barriers to healthcare access for the Rural Hispanic-American immigrant population.

Started June 9, 2023

Abstract or project description

Mia is writing a research essay on the barriers hispanic immigrants face in America. She is interested in exploring the barriers specific to the population living in rural communities versus urban. She will be discussing three main barriers surrounding various factors such as location, documentation status, health literacy, and more.

Abstract: Hispanic-Americans compose around 20% of the United States population, the largest minority group in the nation. Their access to the country’s healthcare systems has been researched previously in regard to citizenship status, geography, income, and language barriers. This population is largely concentrated in rural areas with significant enclaves in metropolitan centers. Minority groups and residents of rural areas have been found to lack convenient, high-quality medical services compared with that of the white suburban majority. Three significant barriers to this access are location, acculturation or assimilation, and documentation status. Due to these social factors, many Hispanic-Americans have turned to emergency care or treatment in Mexico as alternatives. Significant reform and reallocation of resources are required to ensure that this population receives the healthcare they have a right to.