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Health Risks and Disparities Experienced by Hispanic Youth

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The Hispanic population in the United States includes a diverse group of people from Mexico, Central and South America, and Spanish-speaking Caribbean islands, whose cultures and histories differ tremendously. Although data are often not collected or reported by subgroup, Hispanic populations may vary widely in their risk levels for different health, social, or educational problems. This population is sometimes called “Hispanic” and sometimes called “Latino”; for simplicity’s sake, the text that follows will use “Hispanic.”

The Hispanic population in the United States is growing rapidly and is now larger than the black population. There are continuing disparities in the burden of illness and death, as well as access to medical care experienced by the Hispanic population compared with the white population. Further, compared with white and black youth, Hispanic youth experience lower rates of some health risk behaviors and higher rates of other health risk behaviors.
 

 

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