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Health Disparities Among Hispanics Paper

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Hispanics make up the largest and fastest-growing minority group in the U.S. “For decades,
health services researchers have puzzled over a paradox among them: Hispanics live longer and
have lower death rates from heart disease, cancer, and many of the other leading causes of death
than non-Hispanic white residents despite having social disadvantages, including lower incomes
and worse access to health coverage. There are many theories why, including the stronger social
networks, healthier eating habits, and lower smoking rates among some Hispanic groups,
particularly newer arrivals.” (In Focus: Identifying and Addressing Health Disparities Among
Hispanics | Commonwealth Fund, 2018).
Nevertheless there are nearly a third of Hispanics in the U.S. that are not fluent in English, many
efforts to engage them begin with translation. But focusing on language alone can fall short,
especially if the translation doesn’t take into account cultural differences. (In Focus: Identifying
and Addressing Health Disparities Among Hispanics | Commonwealth Fund, 2018).
Hispanics are less likely to receive treatment for depression, anxiety, and other behavioral
problems than white patients because of barriers to accessing care and stigma. (In Focus:
Identifying and Addressing Health Disparities Among Hispanics | Commonwealth Fund, 2018).
It has a great impact in quality of life.
Many Hispanic patients’ behavioral problems are rooted in stress related to their immigration
status and/or traumatic experiences in their home countries. Like family splitting, stories about
the violence in their countries. (In Focus: Identifying and Addressing Health Disparities Among
Hispanics | Commonwealth Fund, 2018).
It is important to know that evidence indicates that immigration policy and enforcement have an
effect on the health of Hispanic immigrants by increasing stress and discouraging people from

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Hispanics make up the largest and fastest-growing minority group in the U.S. “For decades, health services researchers have puzzled over a paradox among them: Hispanics live longer and have lower death rates from heart disease, cancer, and many of the other leading causes of death than non-Hispanic white residents despite having social disadvantages, including lower incomes and worse access to health coverage. There are many theories why, including the stronger social networks, healthier eating habits, and lower smoking rates among some Hispanic groups, particularly newer arrivals.” (In Fo ...
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