Medical Care - Latino Community
Latino health is often shaped by factors such as language/cultural barriers, lack of access to preventive care, and the lack of health insurance.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has cited some of the leading causes of illness and death among Latinos, whoch includes heart disease, cancer, unintentional injuries (accidents), stroke, and diabetes. Some other health conditions and risk factors that significantly affect Hispanics are asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, HIV/AIDS, obesity, suicide, and liver disease.
There is a critical shortage of healthcare providers, especially the most needed: primary care physicians, serving in rural areas and the inner city. This directly impacts the Latino community, since this is where most of the Latino community resides. In fact, there are almost 14,000 areas across the United States with shortages in personnel for primary medical care, dental care, or mental health care!