Data on Hispanic population in Florida
- Hispanics in Florida.
- Latino needs.
- Services currently available.
- Primary, secondary and tertiary intervention.
- Importance of demographic.
- National numbers.
- Interesting parity.
The health of the United States on the whole is not very different from the Latino, or Hispanic, population. The major health concerns of Latinos match up statistically in almost all ways except for conditions caused by unhealthy activities such as eating too much fat or carbohydrates, smoking cigarettes, consumption of too much alcohol, violence and risky sexual behaviors. Many would argue that these are issues because they are not properly addressed in the communities. Further, migratory work and less stable housing and economic situations, despite hard work and commitment to family, seem to interrupt healthy cycles and make addressing these concerns a unique challenge. Healthy People 2010 are geared for these concerns and taking the necessary steps of personalizing its goals to the community and reaching Latinos in Florida will generate a substantial and measurable increase in overall health.
[...] Injuries and violence, unsafe sex, being obese and using drugs are more likely in Latinos and childhood education is readily available but Latinos are much more likely to die from diabetes and middle-aged and elderly Latinos die from diabetes at over twice the rate of the general populace. Type II Diabetes, like liver problems, death by misadventure, violence and HIV most often occurs once an unhealthy cycle is established and breaking that cycle will do wonders for the Latino community in Florida (Wallace and Villa, 2007). This is evidence that the current health needs are not being met by what is currently available. [...]
[...] Whether this is actual progress or some sort of assimilation in a flatter global world is quite up for debate, but the data and the assessments of qualitatively observed behavior certainly indicate that the future of the Latino population in Florida and in the United States is changing toward the average. It seems likely that the overarching Healthy People 2010 goals (with 28 focus goals and hundreds of target goal numbers in various statistic and epidemiological indicators of health) are unlikely to be met in any segment of the United States population. [...]
[...] Heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure are often considered conditions that affect the elderly, but the Latino population of Florida and the United States encounters these earlier. It is irrefutable evidence that healthier lifestyles and disease prevention based on a full comprehension of the consequences of lifestyle choices. In other words, HIV, obesity, stroke (and the previously mentioned conditions) are not always curable and these conditions are in no way unique to Latinos, but they are more preventable than certain other health issues. [...]