South Texas is home to 18% of the state's entire population. That's 4.5 million people - an amount that could fill the home stadium of the NBA's San Antonio Spurs a whopping 242 times. Yet South Texas residents, who are predominantly Hispanic/Latino, struggle with lower educational levels, less income, and less access to health care. This puts them in greater danger of facing dire health problems such as obesity or cancer. The second edition of the South Texas Health Status Review is a comprehensive study of more than 35 health conditions and risk factors and how people in South Texas may be differently affected than those in the rest of Texas or the nation. Does South Texas have higher breast cancer rates than the rest of Texas? Do Hispanics in South Texas have more or less diabetes or obesity than Hispanics in the rest of the state? This Review answers these and many other questions by: introducing each of the health conditions or risk factors; analyzing each condition or factor by age, sex, race/ethnicity, rural/urban location; and comparing the results between South Texas, the rest of Texas, and the nation. The Review, originally published in 2008 and now updated in 2013, is a collaboration of the Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR) in the School of Medicine at The UT Health Science Center at San Antonio; the Cancer Therapy and Research Center (CTRC), a National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Center at The UT Health Science Center at San Antonio; the Regional Academic Health Center (RAHC) at The UT Health Science Center at San Antonio; and the Texas Department of State Health Services. We hope this Review gives researchers insight into inequalities that exist in South Texas - information that could stimulate and shape research and interventions to reduce or eliminate those very inequalities and improve the health of this large, diverse, culturally rich population.
Health care; Health disparities; Racial factors; Language barrier; Education; Occupations; Surveillance; Risk factors; Obesity; Cancer; Breast cancer; Health hazards; Intervention
Amelie G. Ramirez, Institute for Health Promotion Research, University of Texas, Health Science Center at San Antonio, San Antonio, TX, USA
Ramirez AG; Thompson IM; Vela L
The South Texas health status review: a health disparities roadmap
We take your privacy seriously. You can review and change the way we collect information below.
These cookies allow us to count visits and traffic sources so we can measure and improve the performance of our site. They help us to know which pages are the most and least popular and see how visitors move around the site. All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. If you do not allow these cookies we will not know when you have visited our site, and will not be able to monitor its performance.
Cookies used to make website functionality more relevant to you. These cookies perform functions like remembering presentation options or choices and, in some cases, delivery of web content that based on self-identified area of interests.
Cookies used to track the effectiveness of CDC public health campaigns through clickthrough data.
Cookies used to enable you to share pages and content that you find interesting on CDC.gov through third party social networking and other websites. These cookies may also be used for advertising purposes by these third parties.