Latinos are the nation’s largest racial/ethnic minority group. They are expected to grow from 1 in 6 people today to 1 in 4 by 2035 and 1 in 3 by 2060. They’re also one of the most diverse groups, with distinct differences between those of varying national or territorial origin, place of birth, and language use.
Latinos also suffer vast differences in health conditions, also called health disparities, than whites.
Why do these disparities exist?
Certain health inequities are at play, which are rooted in social disadvantage and therefore are unjust or avoidable. Here we address six basic inequities among Latinos: educational attainment; income; residential segregation; access to care; community advocacy that drives disparities-reducing policies; and opposition to such policies.
Several actions can be taken to promote health equity and reduce health disparities, which can contribute to a culture of health where everyone is empowered to live the healthiest lives they can.
Health Equity: What‘s New?
As the Latino population continues to grow in numbers – 1 in every 4 people by 2035 is expected to be Latino – their influence on the overall country is expected to mirror that growth. Despite their large numbers, many Latinos still face inequities in several key health indicators that prevent them from obtaining quality … Read morePosted on .
For many Latinos a lack of access to opportunities keep them from achieving health equity and obtaining financial security. However, a recent study from the financial website WalletHub paints a very positive picture of where things could be heading. Latinos are already the largest ethnic and racial minority in the country and their numbers are … Read morePosted on .
Latinos are already the nation’s largest racial and ethnic minority group. Their numbers continue to grow and are expected to increase from 1 in 6 today to 1 in 3 by 2060. They also continuously face numerous health disparities compared to whites. Even among Latinos, there are inequities – especially between Latino men and Latina … Read morePosted on .
Food and physical activity are both continuous and cumulative habits. Small changes every day can drastically improve your health and quality of life. However, the built world, whether intentional or not, influences the human experience. Many people live and work in places that impede or reduce physical activity and sell or promote unhealthy food. The National … Read morePosted on .
Findings from a new report shed light on the state of Latino children and the education gap many face as they enter kindergarten. According to a study entitled “Making Math Count More for Young Latino Children” by Child Trends, Latino students are three months behind in math literacy compared to their white peers. Citing poverty … Read morePosted on .
Overall Latinos are disproportionately affected by poverty, food insecurity, and unemployment compared to their white peers. According to Feeding America, Latinos are also more likely to receive emergency food assistance than their White, non-Hispanic peers and less likely to receive SNAP benefits and are Latinos are more than twice as likely to be food insecure … Read morePosted on .
There is an undeniable link between education and health. In fact, educational attainment is one of the key social determinants of health. Lack of access and opportunity are often some of the barriers that keep many Latinos from furthering their education beyond high school. However, the numbers from several studies have pointed to the fact … Read morePosted on .
As part of National Minority Health Month 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Office of Minority Health (CMS OMH) released two reports detailing the type of care received by individuals as part of Medicare Advantage (MA). “This is the first time that CMS has released Medicare Advantage data on racial and ethnic disparities … Read morePosted on .
More Americans than ever before are stressed, depressed, and coping with anxiety on a regular basis. According to a new study, an estimated 8.3 million adults in the U.S. (close to 3.5%) suffer from serious psychological distress. What’s worse, many are unable to get the help they need to either treat there conditions or even … Read morePosted on .
Economic stability is often one of the most important determining factors of a person’s – and a family’s – overall health. The stress associated with money often leads to severe negative health conditions and can severely impact children’s abilities to succeed in school. Recognizing that many Latinos live in low-income, high-poverty, and high-crime areas, the … Read morePosted on .
For many Latinos, the dream of going to and attending college is a lifelong dream. More and more are enrolling in two- and four-year colleges and universities. While the numbers don’t quite match other racial and ethnic minorities, more Latinos are earning secondary degrees. However, for many, the college experience quickly turns from dream to … Read morePosted on .
Educational attainment is one of the key determinants of health. While Latinos have made great strides in attaining greater education – the Latino high school dropout figures are at all-time lows and more are enrolling in two- and four-year universities – there is still a long way to go before they are achieving secondary degrees … Read morePosted on .
Latinos are the nation’s largest racial/ethnic minority group. They are expected to grow from 1 in 6 people today to 1 in 4 by 2035 and 1 in 3 by 2060. Many Latinos suffer vast differences in health conditions, also called health disparities, compared to whites. Health inequities are at play that create these disparities. … Read morePosted on .
For many Latinos, the dream of attaining an education beyond high school is unreachable. Whether it is a lack of access, a lack of funds, or a lack of resources, many just do not have the option of going to college. In Massachusetts (10.56% Latino population), some of those barriers are about to be eliminated … Read morePosted on .
“Telehealth” or “Telemedicine,” as it sometimes called, refers to traditional clinical diagnosis and monitoring that is delivered by technology. It has proven to be an exciting breakthrough in medicine and has been used in wide array of situations to diagnose and manage symptoms, in education, and other related fields of health care, including: dentistry, counseling, … Read morePosted on .