Health Equity Programs in Jeopardy: Not Just Numbers, It Is about People

By Zoila Sanchez, Policy Analyst, Health Policy Project, National Council of La Raza

family_healthequitypostMany of the programs that vulnerable, working, and middle-class families use to overcome poverty and secure good health are continuously in jeopardy.  This is cause for alarm since Latinos are more likely to be uninsured and disproportionately impacted by food insecurity and chronic diseases such as obesity.  Programs that promote health equity can be a lifeline for many Latinos, providing them with high-quality, affordable care.

There are many compelling reasons for protecting programs that support health equity among Latinos:

  • More than one in three (35 percent) people served by Community Health Centers, which provide culturally competent and affordable health care, are Latino.
  • Nearly one-half (49.3 percent) of Latino children are insured by Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).  Medicaid provides affordable health coverage to millions of low-income working Latino families, reaching one-quarter of Latino adults.
  • Food insecurity rates are significantly higher among Latino-headed households than the national average (26.2 percent versus 14.9 percent).  Federal food assistance programs help struggling families overcome hunger and food insecurity.

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