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Health Issues in the Latino Community

ISBN: 978-0-7879-5315-7
528 pages
May 2001, ©2001, Jossey-Bass
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Sweeping in scope, Health Issues in the Latino Community identifies and offers an in-depth examination of the most critical health issues that affect Latino's health and health care within the United States. This resource offers a comprehensive approach that informs and promotes the advancement of the practice, program planning, research, and public policy to improve health care of all Latino citizens.
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Table of Contents


Latino Health Policy: Beyond Demographic Determinism (A. Falcon, et al.).

Latino Health Status: Framework for Knowledge Building (O. Carter-Pokras & R. Zambrana).

Latino Access to Health Care: The Role of Insurance, Managed Care and Institutional Barriers (J. Carrillo, et al.)


The Early Years: The Health of Children and Youth (G. Flores & R. Zambrana).

The Reproductive Years: The Health of Latinas (A. Giachello).

The Later Years: The Health of Elderly Latinos (V. Villa & F. Torres-Gil).

Latino Mental Health and Treatment in the United States (W. Vega & M. Alegria).


The Impact of Cancer on Latino Populations (A. Ramirez & L. Suarez).

Cardiovascular Disease (E. Perez-Stable, et al.).

Diabetes (J. Luchsinger).

Gender, Context, and HIV Prevention among Latinos (H. Amaro, et al.).


Occupational Health among Latino Workers in the Urban Setting (R. Moure-Eraso & G. Friedman-Jimenez).

Health and Occupational Risks of Latinos Living in Rural America (K. Azevedo & H. Bogue).


Alcohol Use and Alcohol-Related Problems among Latinos in the United States (R. Caetano & F. Galvan).

Tobacco Use among Latinos (G. Marin).

Latino Drug Use: Scope, Risk Factors, and Reduction Strategies (A. Gil & W. Vega).

Latino Health Policy: A Look to the Future.
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Author Information

MARILYN AGUIRRE-MOLINA is professor of public health at the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, New York City. She has served as the executive vice president of the California Endowment and as senior program officer at The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

CARLOS W. MOLINA is professor of community health education at York College of the City University of New York. He has served as the executive director of Lincoln Hospital in New York.

RUTH ENID ZAMBRANA is professor of women's studies at the University of Maryland. She was the Elisabeth Shirley Enochs Professor of Child Welfare, Social Work Program at George Mason University.
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"Latinos are the fastest growing group in America. Though they share many health issues with all Americans, they also possess distinct cultural characteristics, expectations, and illness profiles. It will be a rare clinician who will not encounter Latino patients in daily practice. Thus, Health Issues in the Latino Community should be essential reading for all 21st century practitioners" (Steven A. Schroeder, M.D., president and CEO, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation)

"This important book, by a cadre of leading Latino researchers, policy leaders, and practitioners, could not be more timely. It fills a crucial gap in our understanding of the health and well-being of Latinos, the fastest growing, and soon to be the largest, ethnic/racial group in the United States. This comprehensive analysis of the demographic and health status of Latino populations in the United States is a groundbreaking piece of work. It will make an invaluable contribution to informing the nation's Latino health agenda." (Allan Rosenfield, M.D., DeLamar Professor and dean, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University)

"Health Issues in the Latino Community attempts to address the key and crucial health issues that affect Latino's health. As we enter the 21st century, Latinos are becoming the largest ethnic/racial group in the United States. Anyone desiring insight on Latino health issues will find this book to be a comprehensive reference." (Nathan Stinson, Jr., M.D., Deputy Assistant Secretay for Mental Health)

"The Contributors are outstanding and well-known professionals, researchers, and policymakers, many holding both clinical and academic degrees." (Divine Inc (formerly Doody Publishing), 4/13/02)
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