CDC Highlights Programs That Reduce Latino Health Disparities


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Health disparities continue to plague Latinos, who often lag in many key health equity issues.

Many organizations are taking aim to reduce these disparities.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released an update to their CDC Health Disparities and Inequalities Report that highlights U.S. programs that help reduce health disparities through “meaningful community and local health authority involvement” among different groups, including Latinos.

“Reducing and eliminating health disparities is fundamental to building a healthier nation,” said CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden. “With science-based and effective interventions, we can close health disparity gaps in America.”

Eight programs were highlighted in the CDC’s supplement; they include:

  • A description of the Boston Children’s Hospital’s Community Asthma Initiative. Latino children in the community are hospitalized more frequently than almost any other ethnic/racial minority and fare more often than white children.
  • Two reports that showed HIV prevention interventions have reduced HIV- and STD-related risk behaviors among Latino men.
  • A report describing three community-based intervention programs that have been linked to reducing youth violence.

For more info, visit the CDC’s Office of Minority Health and Health Equity site.

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