Program Areas

Latino Health

Latinos constitute the fastest growing minority group in the United States, and many members of the Latino community face significant health challenges. For example, Latinos lose more potential years of life than non-Latinos to stroke, liver disease and cirrhosis, HIV and certain types of cancer. What is more, Latinos are more likely than non-Latinos to be overweight or obese and to fail to receive full vaccination or adequate prenatal care. Contributing factors to these health challenges include language and cultural barriers, lack of access to preventive care, and lack of health insurance.

The KDHRC Latino Health program area seeks to understand and address the unique health risks of Latino families and communities. More specifically, our projects explore optimal methods for community-based organizations to deliver health education to Latinos, approaches to bridge Latino families with formalized medical systems, and ways to decrease barriers to health care in this vulnerable population. 

KDHRC created the Latino Health Resources website to provide Latino-serving community-based organizations with evidence-based, culturally appropriate, and easy-to-use programming materials to improve the health of the clients, families, and communities that they serve.

Current Initiatives

Dientes Fuertes, Vida Sana (“Strong Teeth, Healthy Life”): A culturally-competent program to prevent early childhood tooth decay in low-income Latino children

With funding from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, KDHRC is developing Dientes Fuertes, Vida Sana (DFVS), a culturally-competent program to prevent early childhood tooth decay in low-income Latino children. Read More

En Familia: An intergenerational approach to improving health literacy among and delivering health education to Latino families

With funding from the National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities, KDHRC is developing En Familia/In the Family, an intergenerational health literacy and health education program for Latino families. Read More

Toda Promotora Clearinghouse: Building Nonprofit Capacity to Use Promotora Programs

With funding from the National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities, KDHRC will develop and evaluate the Toda Promotora Clearinghouse (TPC), an online information resource that will support community-based nonprofit organizations’ formulation, implementation, and evaluation of promotores programs to provide health information to underserved Latinos. Read More

Publications 

Research Briefs

An intergenerational approach to improve the health literacy skills of Latino families

Louise C. Palmer, Eric C.Twombly, Kristen D. Holtz, & Kimberly Stringer, KDHRC
October 2011: Number 8
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Identifying and overcoming challenges to the effective implementation of promotores programs by community-based nonprofit organizations

Eric C.Twombly, Kristen D. Holtz, Kimberly Stringer, & Louise C. Palmer, KDHRC
September 2011: Number 7
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