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A Closer Look At the Health Inequities in Latino Communities

A Closer Look At the Health Inequities in Latino Communities

It is tough to discuss issues of health equity without addressing factors that engender social inequality. In fact, socioeconomic and living conditions, such as housing, physical environment, transportation, education and working conditions are often the causes of less than optimal health outcomes for ethnic communities, including Latinos.

Sinsi Hernandez-Cancio, Director of Health Equity for Families USA explains, “it’s not just [about the] numbers. It’s actually lives and entire communities that are being undermined.” And, this not only affects all of us on a personal level, but as entrepreneurs and employers, these health disparities in our communities create problems that inevitably impact our businesses.

Moreover, there are serious implications for the nation’s well-being. Reducing these inequities require that collectively, we take a deeper look at the problem, since many factors “have policy implications on health that we don’t normally think of,” says Donna Barry, Director of the Women and Health Program at the Center for American Progress (CAP). Among the policy areas affected by these factors are:

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