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The Latina Portrait

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The Latina Portrait
Presented by Daniel B. Martinez, M.D.
Medical Director, Pilsen Wellness Center, Inc.
October 14, 2011

Published in: Business, Health & Medicine
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The Latina Portrait

  1. 1. The Latina Portrait<br />Daniel B. Martinez, M.D.<br />Medical Director, Pilsen Wellness Center, Inc.<br />October 14, 2011<br />
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  4. 4. Mortality among <br />
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  6. 6. Latinas<br />-Latinas have among the longest life expectancies (83.7)<br />Yes, but women are three times more likely than men:<br />-To live in poverty<br />-To live in social isolation<br />-To experience depression<br />-To suffer chronic illness<br />-to have a disability<br />(National Institute of Health, 1999)<br />
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  10. 10. 53% Latinas consumed alcohol in past month.<br />15% use tobacco<br />Least likely to consume fruits and vegetables<br />45% reported no physical activity<br />1/3 obese, 1/3 overweight<br />33% of adolescent births are of Latinas <br />(74% of these are Mexican-Americans)<br />Lifestyle and Behavioral Risks<br />
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  12. 12. Education and Income <br />Advocacy for minimal insurance <br />Keep in Mind the Body Mass Index (BMI)<br />Keep in mind Lipid Profiles<br />Smoking Cessation<br />Exercise<br />Screenings<br />“Latina health is an epidemiological paradox.”<br />(Lower death, lower disease, good health)<br />Prevention-Prevention-Prevention<br />
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  14. 14. Latinas have the highest birth rates<br />58% Latina adolescents are sexually active<br />5 times more likely of contracting syphyllis<br />3 times more likely of contracting gonorrhea<br />
  15. 15. 43,441 Latino births in 2005<br />
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  17. 17. Amigas Latinas started in 1995<br />Proyecto survey ran from January-July, 2007<br />Reports on findings from 305 LGBTQ<br />32% not born in U.S.<br />47% higher ed.<br />44% unfair treatment in the workplace<br />18.8% not out to their mothers<br />38% of those that did experience a negative rxn<br />22% afraid of being rejected by friends and family<br />30% believe others know but don’t say anything<br />Proyecto Latino: Descubriendonos<br />
  18. 18. 21% report high rates of depression<br />15.6% report high rates of anxiety<br />15% report suicidal thoughts<br />18% have attempted suicide<br />20% say their sexual orientation is what causes them the greatest stress in life<br />31% violence and threats of being killed by partner<br />20% report being sexually abused by a parent<br />19% report having been forced into sex<br />Latina LGBTQ continued:<br />
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  22. 22. 50% do not have a high school diploma<br />45% are not U.S. citizens<br />43% report not speaking English “well.”<br />40% make less than $18,000/year<br />55% of production workforce<br />30% of cleaning and maintenance<br />Overpresented in these jobs and underpresented in 8 of the other top 10. <br />Latina Facts:<br />
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  25. 25. REFERENCES:http://www.mujereslatinasenaccion.org/resources/latina-portraits.pdfhttp://www.mujereslatinasenaccion.org/resources/HealthDisparities.pdfhttp://www.mujereslatinasenaccion.org/resources/documents/LTQ.pdfhttp://www.mujereslatinasenaccion.org/resources/LatinasMentalHealthNeeds.pdfhttp://www.mujereslatinasenaccion.org/resources/LatinasReproductiveHealth.pdf<br />

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