Statement of Need

From lack of health insurance to a deficit in the number of culturally and linguistically adequate providers, there are many different factors that contribute to Latinos’ poor health status:

Health Facts5
  • In 2007, 32.1 percent of the Hispanic population was not covered by health insurance, as compared to 10.4 percent of the non-Hispanic White population.
  • In 2008, only 5.8% of physicians, 4.7% of registered nurses, 7.1% of licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses, and 5.9% of pharmacists were of Latino descent.
  • Although Hispanic children aged 19 to 35 months had comparable rates of immunization for hepatitis, influenza, MMR, and polio, they were slightly less likely to be fully immunized, when compared to non-Hispanic white children.

Now, more than ever, cultural, language, and socioeconomic realities have emphasized the need for community organizations to reach Latinos with educational messages and programs to emphasize healthy lifestyle habits and break this unhealthy trend.  As Latinos become the largest as well as youngest minority group, cultural norms such as high-fat diets, sedentary lifestyles, and the cultural acceptance of obesity are hindering healthy lifestyles, but with the right programs in place, this trend can be changed dramatically.

Experience dictates that community organizations are most effective in disseminating information and creating substantial change among the Hispanic community for two practical reasons:  1) they provide critical services in the communities and neighborhoods in which Hispanics live; and 2) they work closely with those most in need of social changes - low-income, low-literacy, and limited-English-proficient Hispanics.  For this reason, DLI has made a commitment to work to build the leadership, information quality and training of those who staff the community-based organizations.  Only in this way will DLI be setting the stage for serious transformational change.

  • Engage and educate parents and caregivers of school children ages 6 to 11 of the seriousness of child obesity, its risk factors, as well as potential strategies for preventing the disease by providing linguistically and culturally appropriate, training and educational materials.
5.This data, unless otherwise noted, is from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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