Date of Conferral



Doctor of Public Health (DrPH)


Health Services


Susan Nyanzi


Hispanic women in Texas show higher cervical cancer incidence rates as compared to all women in the United States. The rate of cervical cancer in the United States has reduced mostly due to regular cervical cancer screening. However, high cervical cancer among Hispanics in Texas may reflect low cervical cancer screening. The purpose of this quantitative study was to examine the insurance status (independent variable) and cervical cancer screening (dependent variable) among low-income Hispanic women, living in Texas Health Service Regions (HSRs), after controlling for age, marital status, and personal health care provider. The theoretical framework used in this study was the health belief model. Nine hundred and fifteen Hispanic women living in Texas HSRs, ages 21-65 years and who participated in Texas BRFSS 2015-2017, were the sample for this study. Univariate analysis was performed to obtain frequencies and percentages of all covariates. A Chi-square was conducted to determine if there was an association between any of the independent and the dependent variable and binomial logistic regression was used to answer the hypotheses. The findings from this study revealed no relationship with cervical cancer screening and the level of education. However, insurance status and income were statistically significant on receiving a Pap test among low-income Hispanic women in Texas HSRs (p