LPM Staff

LATINO HEALTH CARE FACES CULTURAL CHALLENGE

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Language and cultural barriers contribute to the disparity in health and wellness in the Latino/Hispanic community, as discussed in a recent health symposium by the Raul H. Castro Institute.

The Latino population is on track to become the largest ethnic group in the state. The symposium focused on the state of Hispanic/Latino health, and challenges and consequences of health care access for these communities.

Panelists included Luis E. Gendreau, Maricopa Integrated Health System; Dr. Ana Maria Lopez, Arizona Cancer Center; Luz Sarmina-Gutierrez, Valle del Sol, Inc.; and Emma Torres, Campesinos Sin Fronteras.

Breakout sessions and discussions examined: the need to provide linguistically and culturally competent health care, to provide access to health care for all since the Latino community is over-represented in the uninsurance rates and to educate the Latino community in preventative care to get them out of the emergency rooms. Also, free health fairs seem to be the most effective method to reach out to the Latino community.

The nonprofit Raul H. Castro Institute is named after the first and only Mexican-American Governor of Arizona (1975-1977) and is a collaborative effort of the Office of the Governor – State of Arizona, Arizona State University – Center for Community Development & Civil Rights, Maricopa County Community College District, and Phoenix College.

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