Latina women: health and healthcare disparities

Soc Work Public Health. 2010 May;25(3):258-71. doi: 10.1080/19371910903240605.


This article examines disparities in health and healthcare for Latina women. It draws on existing literature and descriptive data from a study with Latinas. Mortality rates, leading causes of death, and reproductive health are well-documented. Little information is available on the health and chronic health conditions severely inflicting Latinas such as heart disease and diabetes. Despite advances regarding reproductive care and screening procedures, Latinas still experience inequities in healthcare insurance and utilization. Study findings indicate higher rates of diabetes and hypertension than Latinas nationwide and reasons for delaying seeking healthcare. Directions for future research and policy recommendations are explored.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Female
  • Health Behavior / ethnology
  • Health Care Surveys
  • Health Services Accessibility
  • Health Status Disparities*
  • Healthcare Disparities*
  • Hispanic or Latino / statistics & numerical data*
  • Humans
  • Insurance, Health
  • Middle Aged
  • Patient Acceptance of Health Care / ethnology
  • Risk Factors
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • United States
  • Women's Health / ethnology*
  • Young Adult