Theses and Dissertations - UTB/UTPA

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)



First Advisor

Dr. Elena Bastida

Second Advisor

Dr. Rafael Balderrama

Third Advisor

Dr. Ramon Guerra


This original research explores the general trends and attitudes of migratory winter visitors to the Rio Grande Valley regarding the local healthcare environment/options, general health status, and attitudes toward alternative medicine. The sample consisted of 115 winter visitors to the Valley, and exploratory data was gathered through a self-administered questionnaire. The average respondent was female, over 70 years old, had a high school level education, and reported earning a minimum average of $20,000/year for the past five years. Most respondents had Medicare coverage; over half had private insurance coverage. Commonly reported health conditions were visual problems, joint/bone problems, and high blood pressure. Additionally, participant observation allowed for an inside perspective on social networks and embeddedness within local, winter visitor R.V. parks.


Copyright 2003 Caprica Ann Neal. All Rights Reserved.

Granting Institution

University of Texas-Pan American

Included in

Public Health Commons