Cultural Disparities In Latinx

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Cultural Stigma surrounding mental health is predominantly prevalent in Latinx communities. Correspondingly, queerness is viewed as a social taboo in Latinx communities. Therefore, this social and cultural dynamic creates many mental health issues and disparities within the LGBTQI Latinx community. For instance, “Latinos underutilize mental health services (MHS) in the U.S. due to a number of socio-economic and cultural barriers that decrease their access to these services” (Rastogi, 2012). In fact, the socio-economic barriers are systematic and target marginalized communities due to the social hierarchy and inequities ingrained in our system. LGBTQI Latinx communities are prone to endure the structural inequalities and discrimination because…show more content…
Therefore, many Latinx neglect the mental illnesses that are prevalent within their community. Specifically, LGBTQI Latinx who neglect seeking therapy for their mental illness due to being alienated as “crazy” and marked inferior due to their sexuality. LGBTQI Latinx would likely feel ashamed and fear social criticism which would only cause more harm towards their mental state. Therefore, LGBTQI Latinx are discouraged to look for mental health services due to their sociocultural barriers. As a result, these negative perceptions and discrimination toward LGBTQI Latinx and mental health formulate health disparities among LGBTIQI Latinx communities. Many LGBTQI Latinx lack appropriate mental health care due to the many external factors that include structural competency and the social determinants of health and clinical intervention. Structural competency is the medical education of understanding the stigma and inequities among marginalized diverse communities in order to reduce poor health outcomes of the specific community (Metzl, 2014). Specifically, structural competency focuses on the whole population, rather than, the…show more content…
These health disparities are persistent and need to be addressed in order to reduce the disparities and improving the health industry. Correspondingly, many Latinx suffer from poor quality of mental health care, therefore, are discouraged to seek for treatment. In particular, many LGBTQI Latinx and Latinx in general receive, “negative experiences, related to language barriers, discrimination, or poor treatment, impact a person’s confidence in the ability of services to meet their needs (Rastogi, 2012). This emphasizes on the fact, that structural and cultural competency is needed in order to fix these gaps in the health industry and supply a marginalized population with appropriate mental health care in order to help improve health outcomes and quality of care which will eliminate the racial-ethnic gap in the health sector and reduce the linguistic and cultural barriers of patient care. Thus, health provider, physicians, and hospitals are required to become culturally competent in order to improve the quality of care of a growing population with distinct needs. Additionally, there are structural barriers that reduce the amount of LGBTQI Latinx utilizing mental health services. For instance, “Latinos who come from low socioeconomic backgrounds are at higher risk for

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