Articles and Reports

Healthy Montgomery: Obesity Action Plan Report

March 2014

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Healthy Montgomery: Behavioral Health Action Plan Report

March 2014

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Study of Latinos: Hispanic Community Health Study Data Book

September 2013

NIH released the summary of medical research results of the Study of Latinos. The health status of the sample of participants for the study is presented.

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The Hispanic Paradox: far better health outcomes despite rates of poverty

May 2013

Researchers study three different possibilities for the health outcomes of Hispanics – the Healthy Migrant Effect, Hispanic lifestyle and health behaviors, and Reverse Migration Effect.

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Disparities/Minority Health: Treatment by physicians with same race and language as the patient may improve medication adherence

June 2011

Blacks and Hispanics are disproportionately affected by diabetes and its related cardiovascular effects, making it even more important for them to take all their medications as directed.  A new study suggests receiving treatment from a doctor of the same race or language may improve medication adherence rates among blacks and Hispanics.  However, it appears to have no effect on Asian patient or those Hispanic patients who are proficient in English.

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Surveillance of Health Status in Minority Communities — Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health Across the U.S. (REACH U.S.) Risk Factor Survey, United States, 2009

May 20, 2011

CDC conducts the Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health across the U.S. (REACH U.S.) Risk Factor Survey annually in minority communities. The survey focuses on black, Hispanic, Asian (including Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander), and American Indian populations. Residents in most of the minority communities surveyed continue to have lower socioeconomic status, greater barriers to health-care access, and greater risks for and burden of disease compared with the general populations living in the same metropolitan and micropolitan statistical area, county, or state.

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Speaking the same language means better health care quality, Wayne State University study finds

January 20, 2011

Wayne State University researchers have found that when patients and providers speak the same language, patients report less confusion and better health care quality. The findings were based on data from the Pew Hispanic Center/Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Latino Health Survey.

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The National Latino Children’s Institute Report: Building a Nation Hope for Latino Children. 2010 National Forum Report


The National Latino Children’s Institute (NLCI) provided an opportunity through the forum for young Latinos, policymakers, and local and national partners working with or on behalf of Latino children and their families, to develop strategies and solutions to ensure healthy communities and schools in which children can succeed.

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AHRQ Releases New Spanish Language Guides for Patients Women’s Health Issues, Treatments for High Cholesterol Among Highlighted Topics

September 7, 2010

HHS’ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality today released a series of free evidence-based guides designed to help Spanish speakers understand and compare the risks, benefits and side effects of treatments for eight health conditions.

The guides provide valuable information that patients can use in talking with their clinicians. Half of the topics cover health issues specifically for women, including guides on controlling gestational diabetes during pregnancy, deciding to induce labor and comparing core needle biopsy to surgical biopsy for breast lesions. Other guides cover treatments for high cholesterol, osteoarthritis of the knee and the use of insulin analogues for treating type 2 diabetes.

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Foreign-Born Doctors Give Equal Care in U.S.

August 3, 2010

Patients treated by foreign-born doctors who trained in other countries fare just as well as people treated by doctors educated in the United States, a new study has found.

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Who’s Using America’s Emergency Room?

May 2010

The answer isn’t all that obvious to many, but this fact sheet by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) sheds some light on emergency care in the U.S.  If you are insured, you’re just as likely to take a visit to the emergency room as any uninsured person.  However, Hispanics, who are more likely to be uninsured, are significantly less likely to use emergency rooms than people of other communities. Having a low income and receiving Medicaid were predictors of seeking care in an emergency department.

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