Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management


Objective. The purpose of this dissertation study was to examine the lived experiences of LatinX DACAmented college students and their perceptions of access to healthcare in the U.S. and purposefully share the stories told to enact social change. This study amplifies the voices of these college students and centers their lived experiences as worthy of being heard. Additionally, this study acknowledges the impacts of structural and systemic inequalities that have led to discriminatory legislation that consequently segregates healthcare services for undocumented immigrants. Method. This study used Critical Race Theory (CRT) and Social Determinant of Health (SDOH) model as analytic frameworks and narrative inquiry as the methodological tool to share the experiences of eight LatinX DACAmented college students’ access to U.S. healthcare through four composite stories. Discussion. This contribution will provide critical dialogue and acknowledgment that immigrants' health is a public health concern for the U.S. This study will enable subsequent thought and research regarding the health, wellness, and leisure services available to LatinX immigrants and other similarly vulnerable populations to improve their quality of life. The proposed research will also provide implications for strategies to enhance and provide accessible resources to immigrants, regardless of their legal status in the U.S.



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