Leaving Paper Behind: Improving Healthcare Navigation by Latino Immigrant Parents Through Video-Based Education

Doris Valenzuela-Araujo, Sashini K. Godage, Kassandra Quintanilla, Jose Dominguez Cortez, Sarah Polk, Lisa Ross DeCamp

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System barriers to effective healthcare engagement and navigation contribute to healthcare disparities among Latino children with immigrant parents in the US. We evaluated a nine-minute educational video supporting healthcare navigation and engagement skills of Spanish-speaking Latino parents of infants. Participants viewed the video at their child’s 2-month well-visit, completed a pre-and post-video knowledge evaluation, and answered open-ended questions on video style. A paired t test was used to examine differences in knowledge and open-ended responses were coded using an iterative, consensus-based process. Of the 79 participants, 63.3% had an education level below high school diploma/GED and 84.8% were at risk for limited health literacy. There was a significant gain in healthcare navigation and engagement knowledge after watching the video (p < 0.001). Parents expressed that the video was interesting and provided useful information. Parents valued the knowledge gained and preferred videos over written materials for receiving culturally and linguistically tailored health education.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)329-336
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Immigrant and Minority Health
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2021


  • Child health
  • Healthcare engagement
  • Immigrant
  • Latino
  • Limited English proficiency

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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