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Latino Health and National Health Reform

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

By 2050, the U.S. Latino population, already the nation’s largest minority group, will triple in size and will account for most of the population growth in the U.S. over the next four decades. Hispanics will make up almost three out of every 10 people in the U.S. by 2050.

This growth will have important implications for health care in the U.S., and for national health reform.

What health concerns do Latinos have? What diseases affect Hispanics disproportionately and what special prevention efforts are needed for this community? Will we have enough health professionals who are culturally competent to care for Latinos? How should national health reform proposals address the health needs of Hispanics? How were these needs addressed in California's recent effort at comprehensive health reform? Who should pay for the health care of undocumented immigrants who lack health coverage?

To address these and related questions, the Alliance for Health Reform and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation sponsored an Aug. 13 briefing. A special focus of the briefing was the impacts of a report released by the Pew Hispanic Center and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Aug. 12 on the health needs of Latinos who are in the U.S. legally and illegally.


 Ed Howard, Alliance for Health Reform, Moderator
 Debra Joy Pérez, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Moderator
 Susan Minushkin, Pew Hispanic Center, Speaker
 William Vega, David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA, Speaker
 Elena Rios, National Hispanic Medical Association, Speaker
 Sumi Sousa, Office of the Speaker, California Assembly, Speaker
(Click on the camera icon to see a video of the speaker's presentation.)

Transcript, Event Summary and/or Webcast and Podcast

Transcript: Latino Health and National Health Reform (Adobe Acrobat PDF), 8/13/2008
Event Summary: Latino Health and National Health Reform (Word Document), 8/13/2008
Full Webcast/Podcast: Latino Health and National Health Reform

The transcript, full webcast and podcast for this briefing, as well as videos of individual speakers' presentations, are provided by Kaiser Family Foundation.

Speaker Presentations

Susan Minushkin Presentation (PowerPoint), 8/13/2008
Sumi Sousa Presentation (PowerPoint), 8/13/2008
William Vega Presentation (PowerPoint), 8/13/2008
Elena Rios Presentation (PowerPoint), 8/13/2008

(If you want to download one or more slides from these presentations, contact us at info@allhealth or click here for instructions.)

Source Materials

Health Care Providers' Perceived Versus Actual Cultural Competency Levels With Latino Patients (Adobe Acrobat PDF), Wichita State University, 4/25/2008
Health inequalities among Latinos: what do we know and what can we do? (Adobe Acrobat PDF), Health and Social Work, 2/1/2008
California Reform and Latino Health (Adobe Acrobat PDF), City News Service, 3/18/2008
Diabetes control is harder for Hispanics: Lack of access to care plays role, study finds (Adobe Acrobat PDF), Winston-Salem Journal, 6/26/2008
Office of Minority Health Unveil Findings of Summits to Eliminate Health Disparities (Adobe Acrobat PDF), National Hispanic Medical Association, 5/3/2008
Latino Health and National Health Reform (Word Document), word document, 8/13/2008

Offsite Materials (briefing documents saved on other websites)

U.S. Population Projections: 2005-2050 (Adobe Acrobat PDF),Pew Research Center, 2/11/2008
Understanding the Link between Diabetes and Heart Disease in Hispanic Americans (Adobe Acrobat PDF),National Diabetes Education Program, 5/3/2008
AIDS Among Latinos on Rise, The Washington Post, 7/23/2008
Healthier Than You Might Expect, LA Times, 8/28/2006
Revisiting the Latino Health Paradox (Adobe Acrobat PDF),The Tomas Rivera Policy Institute, 8/1/2008
How the Health Coverage System Is Failing Latino Children, National Council of La Raza, 7/9/2008
Creating Equity in Health Care for Latinos: Reforming the System Now (Adobe Acrobat PDF),National Council of La Raza, 1/1/2008
Latino Convention: National Council of La Raza, Sand Diego Union-Tribune, 7/11/2008
Campana en TV por reforma de salud, Opinion, 7/24/2007
Translating the medical system, Nashua Telegraph, 5/5/2008
The Truth About Health Care Use Among Immigrants, National Council of La Raza, 10/1/2007
The Public Spends Little to Provide Health Care for Undocumented Immigrants (Adobe Acrobat PDF),RAND, 12/1/2006
The Sinking Lifeboat: Uncontrolled Immigration and the U.S. Health Care System, Federation for American Immigration Reform, 2/1/2004
Trends in Emergency Medicaid Expenditures for Recent and Undocumented Immigrants, Journal of the American Medical Association, 3/14/2007
Rising health care costs put focus on illegal immigrants, USA Today, 1/21/2008
The High Cost of Cheap Labor (Adobe Acrobat PDF),Center for Immigration Studies, 8/1/2008


Debra Joy Pérez, senior program officer at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, co-moderator at the Aug. 13 briefing cosponsored by the foundation. (Photo by Bob Peavy)

Susan Minushkin of the Pew Hispanic Center discusses a new study by Pew and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation on the health of Hispanics in the U.S. (14 min.) From the Aug. 13 briefing cosponsored by the foundation.

Susan Minushkin of the Pew Hispanic Center discusses a new study by Pew and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation on the health of Hispanics in the U.S. (14 min.) From the Aug. 13 briefing cosponsored by the foundation. (Photo by Bob Peavy)

William Vega of UCLA's David Geffen School of Medicine discusses the importance of expanding access to care for Latinos. (7 min.) From the Aug. 13 briefing cosponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. (Photo by Bob Peavy)

Elena Rios of the National Hispanic Medical Association describes how national health reform should address the needs of Hispanics in the U.S. (7 min.) From the Aug. 13 briefing cosponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. (Photo by Bob Peavy)

Sumi Sousa, health advisor to California Assembly Speaker Karen Bass, discusses how California's recent attempt at comprehensive health reform took the needs of Latinos into account. (11 min.) From the Aug. 13 briefing cosponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. (Photo by Bob Peavy)


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