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June, 2007

Hispanic Health Program



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Among Hispanic/Latino families, challenges remain in understanding acute and chronic health concerns associated with disparities involving their occupations, environment, economics, education, culture, language, and migration patterns/immigration status.

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Hispanic/Latino children are more likely than non-Hispanic white children to live in poverty and experience a disproportionate burden of infant mortality, low-birth weight, asthma, endocrine, neurological, and behavioral disorders which may be associated with exposure to hazardous substances.

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Hispanics/Latinos face high rates of exposure to toxic substances, including the top four threats to human health: ambient air pollution, worker exposure to chemicals, indoor air pollution and drinking water.


ATSDR has developed the ATSDR Hispanic Health Program to address health concerns that may be associated with the environmental impact of hazardous substances on Hispanic/Latino populations and to eliminate disparities. The Program evolved from a series of federal efforts to address the overall health concerns and health disparities prevalent among Hispanics/Latinos and to improve their health.

Examples of programs in action:
  ATSDR en Español was created to serve Spanish-reading communities. The site features a Spanish version of the Web site of ATSDR’s Ombudsman. This is the first Federal Ombudsman’s office to be broadcast in Spanish.
  A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio on behalf of The Lower Rio Grande Valley Regional Academic Health Center and ATSDR provides a framework for educational initiatives that help translate scientific knowledge into effective action in the field of environmental health and medicine. (Activities listed are in response to Presidential Executive Orders # 13166, 12898, and 13230).


Continue to implement the ATSDR Hispanic Health Program thus responding to health disparities with emphasis on environmental and occupational health concerns related to diseases, dysfunction, disability, and premature death among Hispanics/Latinos.


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