Profiles of Latino Health Series 2
Community Responses to Latino Health Needs
On the heels of the first series in its Profiles of Latino Health project, NCLR is releasing a second series, Profiles of Latino Health: Community Responses to Latino Health Needs, which features prominent community-based interventions and models that are improving the health needs of Latinos in communities across the U.S.
Although Latinos are generally a younger and healthier population, certain chronic diseases—such as diabetes, asthma, and HIV/AIDS—are becoming more prevalent in the community. Latinos’ poor access to the health care system exacerbates this problem by making it difficult for families to access preventive care or chronic disease management services. With Hispanics projected to make up 60% of the growth in the U.S. population between 2005 and 2050, the implications of maintaining the status quo are alarming. To ensure a healthy nation, we must act now to improve health care access and quality for Hispanics and other underserved Americans.
With this series, NCLR highlights innovative models and strategies that community-based organizations have employed to reduce Latino health disparities at the local level. The models show great promise and have improved health care access and quality for thousands of families. Federal health care reform should ensure that adequate resources are allocated to support community-based initiatives and interventions that improve the health and well-being of Latino families.
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