A Closer Look At the Health Inequities in Latino Communities

Latino health care

What is the Latino health disparity? 

 

What are the social circumstances that cause it?

Is anything being done to address it?

It is tough to discuss issues of health equity without addressing factors that engender social inequality. In fact, socioeconomic and living conditions, such as housing, physical environment, transportation, education and working conditions are often the causes of less than optimal health outcomes for ethnic communities, including Latinos. 

Sinsi Hernandez-Cancio, Director of Health Equity for Families USA explains, "it's not just [about the] numbers. It's actually lives and entire communities that are being undermined."  And, this not only affects all of us on a personal level, but as entrepreneurs and employers, these health disparities in our communities create problems that inevitably impact our businesses.

Moreover, there are serious implications for the nation's well-being. Reducing these inequities require that collectively, we take a deeper look at the problem, since many factors "have policy implications on health that we don't normally think of," says Donna Barry, Director of the Women and Health Program at the Center for American Progress (CAP). Among the policy areas affected by these factors are:

  • Early childhood education programs, home visitation, and equal access to quality daycare
  • Public education, including quality, financing, curricula, and standards
  • Higher education, including access, student loan financing, and debt repayment
  • Workplace issues such as increasing the minimum wage, reducing pay gap, and paid leave
  • Housing and neighborhood issues, including their impact on asthma rates and other childhood health issues; exposure to violence; "walkable" cities and the ability to exercise
  • Improving the Affordable Care Act to ensure access and quality of coverage for everyone; expansion of Medicaid 

And think about it.

Next-  Policy impacts everyone.

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About the author

Maria Trusa

Maria was born and raised in the Dominican Republic andmoved to New York at the age of 15, where she finished high school and attended college. She has been in the healthcare industry for over 30 years, most of which was as the Executive Director of the Scarsdale Medical Group, a successful multi-specialty medical practice in Westchester, NY.  In September 2015, Maria became a partner and CEO at Formé Medical Center, a new, Social Enterprise medical practice that offers high-quality, dignified medical care to residents of Westchester County and the surrounding communities. Maria is proud to be in the position today to affect change and make a difference in the lives of the people in need of preventative and/or immediate healthcare. 

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