Minnesota Counties Turn to Data to Find Equity for Minorities


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Lack of support can hinder Latino health.

Recently, the St. Paul Foundation – a nonprofit community foundation based in St. Paul, MN (9.53% Latino population) – conducted a survey of more than 1,500 area residents to learn about their transportation, health care, and housing statuses.

Family walking sidewalk neighborhood inAccording to the Pioneer Press, the Foundation received a total of 400 completed surveys from respondents in Dakota County, 480 from Washington County and 430 from St. Paul, as well as another 230 from Ramsey County.

Among the findings, the area has seen a large influx of Latinos since the year 2000.

In Dakota County (6.44% Latino population), as an example, the Latino population has tripled in that time frame.

In terms of transportation and transportation equity, the surveys determined that the vast number of respondents said that their car was their primary mode of transportation.

Latino, Black and low-income respondents were more likely than any other group to use public transit.

When it came to schools and education, results were very high when asked if these institutions had a positive impact on residents’ neighborhoods. Latinos were among the group surveyed that had the best impressions of their neighborhood schools.

When asked about housing, nearly one-fifth of survey respondents who do not speak English at home said they hoped to relocate to a new neighborhood: “Those whose primary language was not English were much more likely to want to move as soon as possible (21%, compared with 4% of respondents who speak English at home).”

Overall, 13% of the respondents said they were “very worried” about their economic situation and 21% said they were “fairly worried.”

In gathering and publishing this data, the Foundation hopes that it can be studied and implemented by area community organizations and policy makers.

You can read the full survey results here.

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of Latinos remain without health insurance coverage

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