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Eric Moreno

Eric Moreno is a Content Curator with the Salud America! program at UT Health San Antonio. He specializes in covering the topics of health equity and family and social support. He holds a BA from the University of Texas at San Antonio and an MA from Gonzaga University.

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Oregon Latinos Face Healthcare Barriers

New research from Oregon State University (OSU) published in the Journal of Immigration and Minority Health found that discrimination by healthcare providers may be preventing young Latinos from seeking access to health services. The findings show that 40% of participants said they experience discrimination when obtaining healthcare services. It was also shown that discrimination was found to be higher for foreign-born Latinos. “We’ve seen in our work with the communities … this theme around discrimination and fear of deportation and stress playing out in different ways,” said Daniel Lopez-Cevallos, Director of Research with the Center for Latino/a Studies and Engagement at OSU. The study, called The Latino Health Project, was funded by the Centers for Disease Control and ...

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New Report Discusses the Economic State of the Latino Community in America

More than 55 million people of Latino ethnicity live in the United States, comprising 17 percent of the country’s total population. Latinos make up the nation’s largest ethnic group and it is expected that by 2060, one in three individuals will identify themselves as Latino. According to a report released by the Joint Economic Committee (JEC), Latinos still lag behind the majority White community in many economic indicators. These factors include employment, income, and wealth accumulation. The gaps are largest among non-native Latinos. Some of the data from the report shows that the median Latino worker earns 72% of what non-Latino Whites earn and the median Latino household income is $42,500, nearly $18,000 less than non-Latino Whites. The disparity runs across genders, as ...

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Open Enrollment Begins November 1

November 1 is the first day of the third open enrollment period of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which will allow people nationwide to sign up for healthcare coverage, to renew their current plan, or shop for additional health coverage options on the Health Insurance Marketplace. According to the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS), nearly half of the eligible uninsured are between the ages of 18 –34. Latinos are still more likely to be uninsured than whites. The third enrollment period is an opportunity to not only gain access to quality affordable health care, but also offers a chance to avoid paying a fine when they file their taxes; those who do not enroll by January 31, 2016, could face a fine of $695 or 2.5% of yearly income. The third open enrollment period, ...

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Latinos Earn Less and are Underrepresented in High-Paying Jobs

According to a report by the Joint Economic Committee (JEC) and Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), the average U.S. Latino worker earns less than white counterparts. Latinos are behind the majority white population on several important economic factors, such as employment and income. Latinos represent 17% of the total U.S. population and are the largest ethnic group in the nation. The report noted that the median income for Latino households is $42,500, nearly $18,000 less than non-Latino whites. Foreign-born Latinos have an even lower median household income with $34,600. “It’s important to know where we are as a Latino community and what we need to do to continue in the right direction,” said CHC Chairwoman Linda Sanchez. “We are making progress in some areas … but in ...

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Young Rural Latinos Experience Discrimination Obtaining Health Care

According to finding recently published in the Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, young Latinos living in rural areas face discrimination when they try to obtain health care services. This could be a contributing factor in disparities in Latino health outcomes. Nearly 40% of the 349 young, adult Latinos (between the ages of 18-25) living in rural Oregon interviewed said they had experienced discrimination. This discrimination included being prevented access to services, being “hassled,” or being made to feel inferior in some way. Nearly 45% of foreign-born Latinos reported discrimination compared to nearly 32% of U.S.-born Latinos. The researchers’ goal was to better understand the role discrimination, or perceived discrimination, pays in the access Latinos have to ...

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Conference Addresses Latino Health Disparities

A conference was held in October at the Milken Institute of Public Health on the campus of George Washington University in Washington, D.C., to address the high burden of health problems that affect Latinos in the area. Compared to white adults, Latinos suffer higher rates of obesity, diabetes, and other chronic diseases. “Latino populations are marginalized for many reasons,” said Dr. Mark Edberg, director of the Avance Center, one of the conferences contributors. “They don’t always have good access to healthy food. A single parent may have to work two or three jobs and not have a lot of time to cook.” At the conference, researchers, practitioners, and advocates shared new research and information as well as community perspectives that could be used to help break down ...

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Dia de Salud Increases Health Equity in Latino Community in Oregon

Sarah Cantril started the Huerto de la Familia program to focus on boosting health equity by helping Latino families live healthier lives in Eugene, Ore. In trying a new approach to bring health information to Latino families, Julia Ridgeway-Diaz and other officials with Huerto de la Familia decided to start an annual health fair, called Dia de Salud (Health Day). This free, culturally tailored annual health fair brings Latino families together to receive free eye exams, blood tests, and other health services that would normally be unavailable to their community. What role do Latinos play in their health?  Huerto de la Familia has been assisting Latino immigrant and migrant families in Eugene, Ore. (7.8% Latino), since 1999, when Sarah Cantril formed the organization from a ...

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10 Million Expected to Have Marketplace Coverage by 2016

U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Burwell announced that she expects 10 million individuals will be enrolled in coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace by the end of 2016. The HHS believes that currently more than 1 out of 4 uninsured individuals will select coverage during open enrollment. “We believe 10 million is a strong and realistic goal,” Burwell said. “We’ve seen high levels of satisfaction with the Marketplace and expect the vast majority of our current customers will reenroll. And our target assumes that more than one out of every four of the eligible uninsured will select plans.” According to HHS’s information, nearly half of the uninsured that are anticipated to obtain coverage this coming year are between the ages of 18 and 34 ...

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College Students Help Latinos in Fight against Diabetes

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 50% of all post-Millennial youths will be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes during their lifetime. Latinos are the group that is likely to be the most susceptible to the disease. Two nursing school students from Arizona State University (ASU), Tatianna Alvarado and Jamie Karch have taken on roles in a community-based diabetes prevention program aimed at Latino youths called “Every Little Step Counts.” “Many of my family members have diabetes and my mother is a type 2 diabetic,” Alvarado said. “The last year of high school I took care of her. I’d interact with her, told her what diabetes was … but there was only so much I could do as a daughter.” The program is funded by a $1.2 grant from the ...

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