Now that the surveys have been created, translated, and approved for distribution, the next phase of this project involves data collection. Our main goal is to conduct the surveys and to compile all of the data at the end of the summer. We plan on spending several days each week (with the help of other non-global health student researchers) talking to patients at Clinica Tepeyac and handing out the surveys. Additionally, we plan on working with Clinica Tepeyac staff at community events outside of the clinic in order to get survey data from people who perhaps aren’t currently accessing care at the clinic.
We are optimistic that the findings of our study will be of critical importance as Clinica Tepeyac seeks to improve the quality, scope, and reach of its care in the future. It is our hope that with our preliminary findings that we may be directed to additional questions and future research that will elucidate the barriers to care in the Latino community.