to be EliminatedThis is the 44th national Celebration honoring the rich and diverse culture of Americans of Hispanic and Latin descent. It begins mid-September to recognize the independence day of a number of Latin American Countries.
Independence Day Celebrations
|· Costa Rica
· El Salvador
|· Mexico||· Chile|
This year’s theme for Hispanic Heritage Month is Diversity United, Building America’s Future Today. In order to build a bright and healthy future for America, we need to make sure that our friends and neighbors are able to enjoy good health. Health disparities are a particular kind of health difference which is often related to social or economic disadvantage. There have been a number of major reports about health disparities faced by many Hispanics/Latinos in the United States – many health disparities differ depending on a Latino’s country of origin, and various federal, state and local governmental and non-governmental agencies are working hard to help eliminate these disparities. Examples follow.
· Latinas are 2.3 times as likely to have late or no prenatal care when compared to non-Hispanic white women.
· Hispanics have the lowest rates of vaccination when compared to other populations; when it comes to receiving the flu vaccination, only 40 percent of Hispanics over the age of 18 have been vaccinated compared to 52.7 percent of non-Hispanic whites.
· Hispanics have the lowest rates of health insurance, with Mexican-Americans the least likely to carry insurance and Cuban-Americans the most likely to be insured. Uninsured Hispanics account for about one-third of the entire uninsured U.S. population.
For more examples, click here: http://www.voxxi.com/health-disparities-hispanics/.
So this year, from September 15th – October 15th, think about independence and the future and what role you can play in unifying diversity, and eliminating disparities.
More Information about Top Health Disparities Affecting Hispanics in the U.S.
Health Equity & Disparities
Hispanic Heritage Month
Facts for Features: Hispanic Heritage Month 2012: Sept. 15 — Oct. 15
By Darci L. Graves, MA, MA, MPP, Health Power Editor on Spirituality, Culture, and Health, and Aging