Health Care Disparities
Latinos are overwhelmingly disconnected from the health care system. As the ethnic group with the highest uninsurance rates in the country, Latinos are often deterred from accessing essential health care services. From this vantage point, it is no surprise that Latinos are at a higher risk of developing health complications later in life and suffer from higher rates of chronic health conditions, such as obesity and diabetes. Racial and ethnic disparities in health care access and quality will continue to grow until policymakers address many of the root causes of these problems. NCLR seeks to advance policy that would correct the flaws of a system that leaves many Latinos and other underserved communities without good health care.
The Latest News on Health Care Disparities
- "Promotoras on Front Lines" – August 8, 2008
Solis Recognizes Contributions of Promotores de Salud
Representative Hilda Solis (D–CA) recently introduced a resolution to recognize the contributions of promotores de salud, or lay health educators, to reduce health disparities in their communities. They are especially important in linking uninsured children to public health insurance programs. For more information on promotores de salud, see our community health workers fact sheet.
- NPR's "Tell Me More" Examines Hispanics and HIV/AIDS – July 28, 2008
- "New Scorecard Flunks U.S. Health System" – July 22, 2008
- "Taking Health Care to the Communities Where It's Most Needed" – July 22, 2008
- "Sixth Annual Congressional Tri-Caucus Minority Health Summit Examines Strategies to Reduce Health Disparities in Communities of Color" – July 19, 2008