New Grant Awarded to Help Latino Immigrant Health

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Latinos face many inequities in attaining quality and affordable healthcare. Cultural and language barriers are often in place keeping many Latinos, especially Latino immigrants, from getting the healthcare that they need. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) awarded over $950,000 in funds to George Washington University to research health disparities among the Latino immigrant and refugee communities.

“The changing demographics of the U.S. population in which recent immigrants are playing a key role in population growth have and will continue to exert a major influence on the course of health disparities,” the grant abstract stated.


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The collaboration between the university and NIH will provide an ongoing “mechanism” for training and educating faculty, students, and community members on a range of health-related issues that address racial/health disparities for Latino immigrants and refugees. Results will be published in 2017.

“[The] very timely overall mission … is to build on an existing academic-community collaboration with the Latino immigrant population in the Washington, DC metropolitan area in order to better understand factors contributing to racial/ethnic minority health disparities specific to this critical population,” the grant stated.

Read more about the grant here.

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22

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of Latino youth have depressive symptoms, more than any other group besides Native American youth

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