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Hispanic/Latino Families: Perspectives of Health

  • By: Diane McNaughton
  • In: Encyclopedia of Family Health
  • Edited by: Martha Craft-Rosenberg & Shelley-Rae Pehler
  • Subject:Family Health, Family Policy, Family Law

Hispanics and Latinos are the largest minority population in the United States, constituting over 15% of the total population. Individuals who are Hispanic represent a racially and culturally diverse group of people with ancestry originating from Central and South America, Cuba, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Spain. The largest Hispanic population in the United States originates from Mexico. The Hispanic population in general experiences various disparities that can affect health. This entry discusses these disparities and immigration-related issues as well as interventions to increase health communication and achieve desired health outcomes.

Disparities

Hispanics experience disparities in income, education, and health status. Poverty rates for Hispanics are estimated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to be 21.5% in comparison to 8.2% for white individuals and 12.5% ...

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