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Cuban, Hispanic, Latino, Mexican, Puerto Rican
Materials at the NMSU Library

Chartbook on Health of Latinos in the Midwest
An essay with statistical charts. Last Visited: 03/2012

Cultural Barriers to Effective Medical Care Among Hispanic-American Patients
One of the earliest articles on the topic appeared in this 1985 article from the Annual Review of Medicine and examines the "medical management of Cubans, Puerto Ricans, and Mexican Americans." Last Visited: 03/2012

An article from the Handbook of Texas Online

Curanderismo: Folk Healing in the Southwest
A 30 minute audio program providing some historical context, personal interviews of healers and patients.

Curanderismo and the DSM-IV: Diagnostic and Treatment Implications for the Mexican American Client
Issues of family support, curanderismo, and differential diagnoses.

Curanderismo in Taos County, New Mexico--a possible case of anthropological romanticism?
Interviews with 25 Spanish-Americans of Taos County, New Mexico, indicate that time and acculturation have greatly eroded the belief in and practice of curanderismo, the traditional folk medical system of the Southwest. Curanderismo in northern New Mexico today has moved from being a primary and important source of medical care to one used alternatively and very occasionally in cases of pediatric disorders, chronic illnesses and pain, and for those maladies still classified according to the traditional folk beliefs.

Culturally Competent Nursing Care for Families: Listening to the Voices of Mexican-American Women
This 2006 article seeks to "increase awareness of the Mexican-American cultural phenomena of social organization and environmental control which can guide the nurse to provide culturally competent care that meets the needs of Mexican-American women and their families." Last Visited: 0/2012

Health and Health Care of Hispanic/Latino American Elders
A module in an ethnogeriatric curriculum "...designed to introduce health care trainees to important issues in the care of older Americans from Hispanic/Latino backgrounds." Includes demographic data, historical views of specific groups and information about cultural traditions, health beliefs and values. Includes complementary and alternative medicine information. Last Visited: 03/2012

Health Communication in the Latino Community: Issues and Approaches
This 2009 article appeared in the Annual Review of Public Health and "describes research issues and challenges when considering the health of Latinos, and implications for designing and evaluating health communication and behavior change efforts [and asserts that] health communication efforts with Latinos need to focus on family, cultural traditions, and collectivism while attending to acculturation, language, generation and national origin." Last Visited: 03/2012

Health Consequences of an Unhealthy Economy
An essay about Latinos in the Midwest. Last Visited: 03/2012

Health outcomes among Hispanic subgroups : data from the National Health Interview Survey, 1992-95.
A lengthy statistical report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Health Status and Determinants of Health of Hispanic Populations
Includes information on folk beliefs, chronic diseases, and the general health status of this population. Statistics on a variety of topics, such as infant mortality, immunization, and health care access, can be located in the Health Status section. Last Visited: 03/2012

Hepatitis B
From the Hepatitis B Foundation, information in Spanish. Last Visited: 03/2012

Health Status Assessment of Latinos in the Midwest
A scholarly paper. Last Visited: 03/2012

Hispanic Health Needs Assessment
This document "provides Hispanic communities with tools to self-identify critical health issues and priorities and uses the Healthy People objectives to document current community health status and progress to goals. Contains data concerning a variety of topics, including health literacy, diseases, and services. Last Visited: 03/2012

Home-based therapies for the common cold among European American and ethnic minority families
Describes home-based therapies and practices that European American, African American, Puerto Rican, and West Indian—Caribbean parents. Interviews with mothers. Last Visited: 03/2012

Pregnancy in Hispanic Women
"This [1987] article [Journal of the National Medical Association] from the addresses some of the characteristics present among Hispanic women that may influence their course of pregnancy and their health in general. Last Visited: 03/2012.

Social Discrimination and Health: The Case of Latino Gay Men and HIV Risk
A fifty page report issued in 2001 by the Policy Institute of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Foundation. "Documents the correlation between . . . homophobia, racism and poverty with the risk-taking behavior associated with HIV transmission." Includes statistics. Also available in Spanish. Last site visit: 03/2012

Using Theory to Interpret Beliefs in Migrants Diagnosed with Latent TB
A qualitative research study from 2007. Last site visit: 03/2012

National Organizations:

Julian Samora Research Institute
"The Midwest's Premier Latino Research Center" Last Visited: 03/2012

National Alliance for Hispanic Health
As "the premier science based organization focusing on Hispanic health" the Alliance performs advocacy and conducts research. Check the Resources section for research reports. Last Visited: 03/2012

National Coalition of Hispanic Health and Human Services Organizations
English-Spanish bilingual site containing information on projects related to tobacco, cancer, and AIDS/HIV. Font is small and difficult to read, and the user must scroll down to see important links. Last Visited: 03/2012

National Hispanic Medical Association
This brief site contains a history of the organization and its support efforts. Last Visited: 03/2012
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