Colorado’s Hispanic community faces unique and substantial barriers to achieving good health, according to the Data Spotlight from the latest Colorado Health Report Card.
The new report, a collaboration between the Colorado Health Institute and the Colorado Health Foundation as part of the Colorado Health Report Card project, examines the extent of racial and ethnic disparities on key indicators, such as obesity rates and insurance coverage, as well as ongoing trends in Hispanic health.
This Data Spotlight analyzes health by life stage. The data show concerning disparities in access to health care and health outcomes across the life span:
Healthy Beginnings: One of five Hispanic mothers either aren’t getting any prenatal care, or they aren’t getting it until late in their pregnancies.
Healthy Children: More than a third of Hispanic children live below the poverty level in Colorado, compared with 11 percent of white children.
Healthy Adolescents: Birth rates are higher among Hispanic teens than white teens, but the number of births among Hispanic teens declined from about 3,400 to 2,000 between 2009 and 2013.
Healthy Adults: Nearly one in three Hispanic adults are obese compared with 19 percent of white adults.
Healthy Aging: Diabetes is twice as prevalent among Hispanic seniors compared with white seniors.
Read more at Colorado Health Institute.