The Hispanic health paradox through a new lens: spatial clustering and birth outcomes in the rural Southeast Public Deposited

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  • Edelblute, Heather B.
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Sociology
  • The new era of immigration is one where immigrant populations are settling in non-traditional places, such as rural areas in southeast, with a migration pattern characterized by its speed. The place and space surrounding these immigrants is different than in traditional gateway cities and requires new approaches for measuring social processes surrounding these groups. This research examines whether the health advantage that Latino immigrant women have over adverse birth outcomes persists in a rural county in North Carolina with two immigrant populations, one from Mexico and the other from Central/South America. Using geocoded birth records, the assimilation and social network aspects of the Hispanic health paradox are explored through the creation of a birth clustering variable in ArcGIS. The birth clustering variable measures inferred co-ethnic concentration of immigrant mothers in a mother's neighborhood. The effect that co-ethnic concentration has on birth outcomes is discussed in this paper.
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  • "... in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts in the Department of Sociology."
  • Entwisle, Barbara
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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  • Chapel Hill, NC
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