The Latino community has been disproportionally affected by COVID-19, with almost three times as many cases per head among Latinos than among whites, and a hospitalization rate 4.6 times higher . But the specific challenges faced by Latinos in terms of health outcomes and healthcare access long predate the pandemic. Latinos are the second-fastest-growing racial/ethnic group in the country and they are diverse in many regards . As a whole, Latinos suffer from poorer health on many measures. At the same time, they are less likely to have access to high-quality care. Improving Latino health will require concerted policy intervention on both fronts.
Poorer Latino health…
One in two Latinos will develop diabetes over their lifetime. Latinos are at a 66% greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes , and once diagnosed, have worse outcomes than non-Hispanic whites. Diabetes often brings mental health problems in its wake: one in five diabetics have depressive symptoms. But Latinos are also less likely to receive treatment for depression, anxiety, and other behavioral issues than their white counterparts. … and less access to healthcare
Health and healthcare have a two-way relationship. Poor healthcare leads to poor health, which then makes healthcare more […]
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