Health and Nutrition

While Latinos are affected by a wide range of risk factors and diseases, nearly every health disparity they experience could be prevented or more effectively managed given timely access to health care. Unfortunately, a number of barriers—including a widespread lack of health insurance and an inadequate supply of language services—currently operate at multiple levels within the health care system to prevent Latinos from gaining access to quality care.

NCLR seeks to eliminate the incidence, burden, and impact of health and environmental problems in Latinos, and seeks tangible improvements in Latinos' access to health coverage, and high-quality, culturally competent health care. NCLR uses a two-tiered system to address the health concerns of the Latino community.

In NCLR’s Office of Research, Advocacy, and Legislation, we work through policy analysis and advocacy at the federal level to ensure equitable access to health care and the resources needed to ensure good health for those who work and live in the United States.

NCLR’s Institute for Hispanic Health (IHH) works through close partnership with NCLR Affiliates, government agencies, private funders, and other Latino-serving organizations to deliver science-based, linguistically appropriate, and high-quality health interventions. IHH combines support, through technical collaboration of local and regional health promotion and disease prevention activities, with efforts to increase the understanding of, and appreciation for, effective and culturally competent strategies at the national level through broad dissemination. Priority is given to those health and environmental conditions that not only disproportionately affect Latinos from an epidemiological perspective, but that also have an impact on the community’s overall well-being.

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