“Its about time,” Declares the National Alliance for Hispanic Health on First CDC Study of Hispanic Health

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First CDC report on Hispanic Health documents good health outcomes for Hispanics despite risk factors.

“Given that Hispanics are one in six people in the United States, the findings in the CDC report are a major step in the arsenal of facts documenting that we need to rethink health for everyone. For the past 30 years, data have accumulated that the health of Hispanics did not fit the standard model. Today we see the urgency and the need to create new models of health and wellness to achieve the best health outcomes for all,” said Jane L. Delgado, PhD, MS, President and CEO of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health, the nation’s leading Hispanic health advocacy group.

“The statement under Key Points “Hispanics are not all alike.” falsely implies that all people included in the other categories are all alike, e.g., non-Hispanic whites,” added Dr. Delgado. “Science and best practices are moving beyond broad sub-population group differences and ushering in a new era of personalized medicine in which care is tailored to the unique needs of individuals.”

The CDC report highlighted that Hispanics who were foreign-born had good health outcomes even though they were more likely to live below the poverty line, were more likely to have less than a high school diploma, and were more likely to speak Spanish at home. In the conclusion in the MMWR report a statement was made that, “… being born in the United States and increasing length of time since arrival in the United States are associated with many risk factors and poor health outcomes.” Dr. Delgado added, “The ongoing NHLBI Study of Latinos launched in 2005 adds valuable information to these data.”

“These facts confirm many of the trends we have seen over the years. We still have a long way to go in understanding the health of all people,” added Dr. Delgado.

For more information visit us at hispanichealth.org or call the Alliance’s Su Familia Helpline at 1-866-783-2645.


About the National Alliance for Hispanic Health (The Alliance)
The Alliance is the nation's foremost science-based source of information and trusted advocate for the health of Hispanics in the United States with a mission to achieve the best health outcomes for all.

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