Despite being the country’s largest racial and ethnic minority group and despite the fact that the Latino population in the United States is growing at exponential rates, they suffer from vast differences in health conditions compared to whites.
These health disparities are rooted in “social disadvantage” and affect Latinos in their abilities to access quality healthcare, attain better paying jobs and quality education.
With serious issues plaguing them, what can be done?
The National League of Cities recently collaborated with the George Washington University Milken School of Public Health to analyze the options that cities have in addressing the educational and healthcare needs of residents.
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As a result of the collaboration a report entitled “Advancing Education and Health through a Community Schools Strategy” was developed. During the analysis, several cities were singled out for their innovative health and education efforts.
“To address these disparities, growing numbers of communities are directing attention to the importance of forging school and community partnerships with the goal of improving educational outcomes,” the report said.
Per the report, children without access to healthy food or adequate and stable housing can also face daunting challenges in their attempts to succeed at school such as difficulty concentrating or retaining information. This often contributes to the education gap between many Latino and low-income children and their peers.
To address the needs in education and health equity for residents – especially children – the report outlines ways city/municipal governments can partner with school districts.
Read the report, with their full recommendations, here.
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