Degree Granting Department
Heide Castañeda, M.P.H, Ph.D.
Susan Greenbaum, Ph.D.
David Himmelgreen, Ph.D.
Migrant farmworker health, social determinants of health, healthcare barriers, poverty, food security.
Oral health is an important aspect of overall health, but many vulnerable
populations such as migrant farmworkers are without access to oral healthcare. Although
some non-government organizations such as faith-based organizations have attempted to
fill gaps left by government and private sectors, a lack of a dental safety net creates
limited access to oral health services for migrant farmworkers. Access to care is further
constrained by structural factors including low wages, migration route, and high costs of
care. Building off a critical medical anthropology approach in understanding oral
healthcare access, I argue that limited oral health access for migrant workers in the
Tampa Bay area is the result of economic constraints and not cultural beliefs or
educational shortcomings. This research therefore demonstrates the social determinants
of oral health, and how social disparities can become embodied in marginalized groups
such as migrant farmworkers.
Scholar Commons Citation
Kline, Nolan, "The Aggregated Influences of Poverty Impacting Dental Care Access and Oral Health among Migrant Farmworkers in Tampa, Florida" (2010). Graduate Theses and Dissertations.