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Hispanic Health in California

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Publication Date: March 2002

Publisher(s): National Council of La Raza

Author(s): Cristina Huezo; Cristina Huezo

Special Collection: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Topic: Health (Health services for minorities)

Keywords: Hispanic population; International migration; Elderly; Social problems

Type: Report

Coverage: California California


Currently there are approximately 11 million Hispanics in the State of California, signifying that one in every three Californians is Latino. Nearly half (46%) of the state’s children are Latino, 96% of whom are U.S. citizens. The Latino population in California is 45% immigrant. In addition, 63% of the elderly Latino population are immigrants who have lived in the United States for an average of 30 years. The growing presence of Hispanics in the state has not been accomplished by an equivalent increase in the quality of, and access to, health care for this population. Lack of health insurance, even for working Latino families, and access to health care are significant problems facing Latinos in California. Moreover, diseases such as diabetes, AIDS, and cancer disproportionately affect the Latino population in California.