Understanding the Socio-Economic, Health Systems & Policy Threats to Latino Health: Gaining New Perspectives for the Future

Lisa Cacari Stone, Edna A Viruell-Fuentes, Dolores Acevedo-Garcia

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Abstract

The emergence of the Latino population as the largest and diverse minority group in the U.S. presents challenges and opportunities for health practitioners, leaders and policy makers. Some evidence suggests that Latinos, and immigrants in particular, exhibit better health outcomes than would be expected given their average socio-economic status. Yet, overshadowing this positive health outlook are socio-economic, health system and policy barriers which disproportionately impact Latino health and well-being. This paper briefly discusses the Latino health paradox. It identifies the socio-economic, health systems barriers and public policies that threaten any potential health advantage. Finally, it suggests policy and prevention strategies for promoting the health of the largest emerging minority group in the U.S. Latinos.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)82-104
JournalCalifornian Journal of Health Promotion
Volume5
Issue numberSpecial Issue (Health Disparities/Social Justice)
StatePublished - 2007

Keywords

  • Latino health
  • socio-determinants of health
  • epidemiological paradox
  • public policy

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    Cacari Stone, L., Viruell-Fuentes, E. A., & Acevedo-Garcia, D. (2007). Understanding the Socio-Economic, Health Systems & Policy Threats to Latino Health: Gaining New Perspectives for the Future. Californian Journal of Health Promotion, 5(Special Issue (Health Disparities/Social Justice)), 82-104.