Hispanic health

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On a Friday evening in late June, Liliana Quintero received a call from one of the Spanish interpreters working at a COVID-19 testing site in Goshen, Indiana. The area has one of Indiana’s higher Latinx populations and higher rates of COVID-19 cases, according to state data.

“[He was] saying, ‘Liliana I need to inform you that the nurse who is in charge of this site just told me that each time that she sees Hispanics coming to this site, she's going to call the police,’” recalls Quintero, director of the Northern Indiana Hispanic Health Coalition, an Elkhart-based health education and advocacy nonprofit.

Hispanic Men Often Put Off Medical Care, Bringing Bigger Trouble

Apr 27, 2017

Peter Uribe left Chile at 21 with his wife and 2-year-old daughter, landing in Baltimore and finding steady work in construction. His social life revolved around futbol, playing "six or seven nights a week in soccer tournaments," he says.

A couple of years after his arrival, he broke his foot during a game and afraid of the cost, didn't seek medical care.

When You Don’t Speak The Same Language As Your Child’s Doctor

Feb 27, 2017
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When Margarita Ruiz takes her children to the doctor’s office, she has no choice but to trust that nurses and front desk staff are translating medical orders accurately. She doesn’t speak English and her children’s pediatrician speaks very little Spanish.

In 2014, the percentage of construction workers with health insurance increases from 64 to almost 69.
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Immigrants saw the steepest gains in health insurance coverage in 2014, the first year for enrollment on the Affordable Care Act's exchanges and Medicaid's expansion, according to a New York Times analysis of census data. Hispanics accounted for nearly one third of the increase in adults with insurance. A smaller percentage of blacks gained coverage, according to the Times, because most poor blacks live in states that chose not to expand Medicaid. 

A Push In California To Train More Latino And Black Nurses

Nov 16, 2015

Allen Temple Baptist Church is buzzing with chatter and upbeat music. On this warm Saturday morning in East Oakland, Calf., the church is hosting its annual holistic health fair.

Students from the nursing program at Oakland's Samuel Merritt University, are dressed in blue scrubs, hustling to give eye exams and check blood pressure.

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If you ate cereal this morning, chances are you got the recommended daily allowance of folic acid.

Most U.S. cereals have 100 percent of the daily value, which protects against serious spinal cord abnormalties that can develop before a woman even knows she's pregnant.

The FDA requires folic acid be added to enriched bread, flour, cornmeal, rice, pasta and other grain products, but not the corn masa tortillas are commonly made with.

As Latinos Age, the Need for Spanish-Speaking Caretakers Grows

Nov 10, 2015
Eilis O’Neill

Luis and Miriam Sierra are originally from Colombia, but they’ve lived in New York City for decades. About ten years ago, Miriam began to show symptoms of Alzheimer’s.

It’s necessary to help her with everything: bathing her, dressing her, feeding her,” said her husband,  Luis Sierra. “It’s very hard.”