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'Welcome Springfield' To Study Health Issues Facing Latino Immigrants

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A Clark County non-profit is starting a research study on health care access for immigrants.  A grant from CareSource is paying for the project.

Carl Ruby is with the non-profit support group Welcome Springfield, which helps immigrants living in Clark County. He says a high rate of Latinos in the county are uninsured, and that causes problems for them.

"When immigrants are facing challenges in the area of their health needs they are less productive, less able to take care of their families, and encounter a variety of health related challenges," Ruby said. "The purpose of this study is to get a better understanding of that and hopefully that will lead to improvements in access."

Tom Wahlrab of Welcome Dayton says the study is an attempt to find a solution by being proactive.

"We don't need to wait and watch suffering any longer than we have to," he explained.

The CareSource Foundation presented Welcome Springfield with a check for $15,000 for the study Thursday. The organization will start start its research in the spring of 2015.