New York City was the epicenter of the Covid-19 pandemic in Spring 2020 with many low-income Hispanic workers still reeling from its economic and health impacts. Drawing on a survey conducted in collaboration with the Mexican Coalition of New York City, administrative and census data, as well as 20 in-depth interviews, we propose a mixed-method study of the working and housing conditions and environmental hazards that Latino immigrants experience in NYC. We address the following questions: (1) How do working conditions and living arrangements affect the risk of contracting Covid-19? (2) How do environmental hazards lead to differential in mortality outcomes by gender? (3) How can this health crisis inform long standing theories about the more positive health outcomes of foreign-born compared to native-born Hispanics predicted by the Hispanic health paradox?
Assistant Professor, Sociology Department and Latina/o Studies, City College of the City of New York
Assistant Professor, City College of New York