Information and Communication Technology Access and Use Among Low-Income Latino Immigrant Parents

Carolyn J. Reuland, Sashini K. Godage, Linxuan Wu, Doris Valenzuela-Araujo, José Dominguez Cortez, Sarah Polk, Lisa Ross DeCamp

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Introduction: Development of mHealth interventions to address health disparities for Latino children in immigrant families requires understanding access to and use of information and communication technology. Methods: We examined access to information and communication technology and use of common applications/programs by low-income immigrant Latino parents of infants to inform development of mHealth interventions for this population. Latino immigrant parents reported technology use and access of common applications/software via survey. Results: Of the 157 participants, we found nearly all parents owned a smartphone and that 60% accessed the internet only via their smartphone. Around one-quarter of participants had access to unlimited data. Frequent use of text messaging was common, but frequent email use was less common. Less than 10% of participants frequently used health-oriented applications. Discussion: Our findings suggest that mHealth interventions that use data, email, or an application interface may not have the intended reach or effectiveness among low-income immigrant Latino parents. Consideration of these findings is important in guiding the development of future mHealth programs for the low-income Latino population. This study was registered at (NCT02647814).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1807-1813
Number of pages7
JournalMaternal and child health journal
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2021


  • Health Literacy
  • Income Stratification
  • Latino
  • Pediatrics
  • Technology access/use
  • mHealth

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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