Are you a Latino in the U.S.?
You face much higher risk of disease—higher rates of obesity, diabetes, HIV, stroke, certain cancers, and other conditions—than non-Latinos.
These are "health disparities," or differences in outcomes related to race/ethnicity and socioeconomic status and result from a lower quality of health care.
And because of disparities in health care (i.e., language barriers, cultural myths, less education and income, and a lack of access to care or health insurance), Latinos are more likely than whites to forego or delay timely healthcare services for illnesses and injuries, putting them at risk for suffering worse outcomes.
Addressing health disparities is urgent given the rising Latino population. About 1 in 6 people today are Latino with an expected rise to 1 in 4 in 2035 and 1 in 3 in 2060.
What Can Be Done?
The Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR) at UT Health San Antonio is leading the charge to discover why Latino health disparities exist and communicating solutions to this huge population for the purpose of awareness, with a focus on the actions they can take to live longer, healthier lives right now.
The IHPR's mission is to investigate causes and solutions to cancer and chronic disease disparities to improve Latino health in San Antonio, South Texas and the nation.
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