Exploring the many dimensions of Hispanic health issues, this book updates interested readers with recent information and offers a view of the depth, scope, and complementarity of the challenges of providing adequate health care. Accordingly, the book is organized in four sections addressing, first, the conceptual, institutional, and policy elements of the problems and their solutions; second, the clinical evidence about diseases for which Hispanics are disproportionally at risk; third, social and economic factors that have an impact on the health status of Hispanics; and, fourth, future policy options that could improve the health conditions of this increasingly large and underserved group of Americans. While clarifying the issues, the book documents the importance of seeking solutions to Hispanic health problems with determination and haste. Hispanics will soon represent the largest minority in American society. And, 20 million people with Latin American and Spanish origins contribute a large, youthful, and potentially very productive group of workers to our aging labor force. Finally, in searching for solutions to Hispanic health challenges, we learn that in order to improve the health of all Americans, while containing costs, it is necessary to address, proactively, the special needs of our culturally diverse society.
Table of Contents
Issues and Value Questions -- The Issues: An Overview -- Cooperative Action for Minority Health Policy -- Access to Health Care for Hispanics -- Latino Health Indicators and the Underclass Model: From Paradox to New Policy Models -- Education, Productivity, and the Nation’s Future -- Health Risks for Hispanics -- Type II Diabetes in Mexican Americans: A Public Health Challenge -- Major Infectious Diseases Causing Excess Morbidity in the Hispanic Population -- The Health Status of U.S. Hispanic Children -- Health Policy and the Elderly Hispanic -- Traumatic Injury in Hispanic Americans: A Distinct Entity -- Oral Health of Hispanics: Epidemiology and Risk Factors -- Economic and Social Considerations -- Formulating Health Policy in a Multicultural Society -- Health Insurance Coverage and Utilization of Health Services by Mexican Americans, Puerto Ricans, and Cuban Americans -- The Economic Costs of an Unhealthy Latino Population -- Health Care on the U.S.-Mexico Border -- Epilogue -- Searching for Solutions -- Appendix Additional Contributions to the Debate: Abstracts from Recent Research