Date of Award


Document Type

Scholarly Project

Degree Name

Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS)


Physician Assistant Studies

First Advisor

Mindy Staveteig


Latino population; Hispanic population; Primary health care; Mortality; Comorbidity


Healthcare disparities by race or ethnicity across the United States are becoming more evident as the population continues to grow, none being more evident than that of the Latino population. The purpose of this research is to determine the effects that access to primary healthcare has on the comorbidity and mortality of the Latino population. Much of the research supports the theory that Latino’s are at greater risk of comorbidity and mortality from diabetes, chronic liver disease, and cirrhosis due to their decreased access to primary healthcare services. However, evidence also supports the “Hispanic Mortality Paradox” in which Latinos have an overall life expectancy roughly 4 years longer and a 24% lower cause all mortality rate than the general population. More research still needs to be completed on the subject to determine the extent to which access to primary healthcare can impact the Latino population’s comorbidity and mortality.