Hispanic/Latino Heritage Month was celebrated from September 15 – October 15. In a “CDC Feature,” the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention noted that despite the fact that more than 50 million Hispanics represent the largest ethnic minority in the United States, striking health disparities remain for this population. The disparities include the following:
- Only 37.3% of Hispanic/Latino persons under 65 had insurance coverage (2009 data).
- Adolescent pregnancy and birth rates were three times that of whites, and Hispanic/Latina women were more than twice as likely to have little or no prenatal care (2007 data).
- Hispanics/Latinos had a greater percentage of the total cases of tuberculosis than all other racial or ethnic groups (2007 statistics).
- Hispanics/Latinos were disproportionately affected by chlamydia and HIV/AIDS (2007 statistics).
- Influenza and pneumonia vaccination rates remain significantly lower among Hispanics/Latinos (2009 statistics).
- Diabetes rates among Hispanics/Latinos were nearly 1.5 times greater than for non-Hispanic whites (2009 statistics).
- Mexican American men aged 20-74 had a higher prevalence of overweight (79.2%) from 2005-2008 than non-Hispanic white men (72.9% overweight); or non-Hispanic black men (71.8% overweight).
The complete CDC Feature, including links to additional information about Hispanic health, is available at http://www.cdc.gov/Features/HispanicHeritageMonth/.