Vulnerable Population - Hispanic Children Essay

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Vulnerable Population - Hispanic Children Young Hispanic children experience multiple disparities in health status, insurance coverage, barriers to healthcare access and the quality of health care received. There have been multiple studies that have researched racial/ethnic disparities among adults, however few studies have examined the racial/ethnic disparities in the health care of children. The United States is experiencing a demographic surge in minority children, particularly among the youngest age groups. "Estimates indicate that, by 2030, there will be more minority children than non-Hispanic white children" (Flores, Olson & Korman, 2004, p. 192). This alarming statistic has caused a national concern. This paper will discuss the…show more content…
Public coverage programs such as Medicaid and SCHIP (State Children's Health Insurance Program) are available to low-income families, however this safety net is not available to all children. The lack of health insurance and/or public coverage can have a significant effect on the health and well-being of Hispanic children. 2. Language: Language can have a significant impact on multiple aspects of the health care of Hispanic children, including access, health status, use of services, and outcomes. The lack of Spanish speaking health care staff and inadequate interpreter services are the principle problems associated with language barriers. Research has shown that medical interpreters are not called when needed, inadequately trained, or not available at all (Flores, Afflick & Barbot, 2002). 3. Poverty: The relationship between socioeconomic status and health disparities is reflected in life expectancy, infant death rates, many other health measures. "According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are more whites than minorities below the poverty level. However, the proportion of poor families in a minority group is greater. 7.3% of white families are living in poverty, compared to 20.9% of Hispanics" (Stanhope & Lancaster, 2008, p. 161). Those living in poverty do not have the financial resources to pay for medical care because of a
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