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June, 2007

Hispanic Health Program



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The urban disadvantaged bear a disproportionate burden of the nation’s health problems. New Census information shows that more Hispanics/Latinos now live in urban areas than at any time.

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Evidence demonstrates that Hispanic/Latino health is largely influenced by social factors (e.g., income, education, discrimination, and community characteristics), especially at the community level.

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Research is needed to develop intervention models that produce effective, sustainable improvements in urban health and quality of life for Hispanics/Latinos.


In 1995, CDC established Urban Research Centers (URCs) to assess and improve the health of urban communities. Located in Detroit, New York City, and Seattle, the URCs engage government, academic, private, and community organizations as partners in setting priorities and designing, implementing, and evaluating community-focused public health research and interventions. These effective and sustainable partnerships address such community-defined priorities as the prevention and management of diabetes, asthma, and intimate partner violence in African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, Asians and Pacific Islanders, as well as immigrant and refugee populations.

Example of program in action:
  LA VIDA---the Southwest Detroit Partnership to Prevent Intimate Partner Violence Against Latina Women---addresses the problem of intimate partner violence (IPV) and the lack of culturally competent prevention and support services for Hispanic/Latina women and their families. Since 1998, representatives from local health and human service agencies, churches, police and criminal justice systems, domestic violence agencies, and academia have mobilized to develop, implement, and evaluate a multi-component, community-based intervention aimed at reducing IPV in Hispanic/Latino families.


Early successes in the URCs demonstrate that community-based participatory research is an effective strategy for identifying and systematically addressing urban public health problems. Next steps include refining evaluation methods and applying the model to a broader range of settings, such as expanding into new Hispanic/Latino communities identified in the ten most populous States, or the U.S.-Mexican border communities, or other Hispanic/Latino communities at risk.

For more information, contact the Epidemiology Program Office, Division of Prevention Research and Analytic Methods, Mailstop K73, 1600 Clifton Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30333: (770) 488-8241:

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