Researchers from Oregon State are calling for more variation in public health policy when it comes to the Latinx population. Currently, policies and health research treat the Latinx population as one entity, without accounting for variation among populations like Cuban, Mexican, Central American, or South American.
Assistant professor in OSU’s ethnic studies department and lead researcher Daniel López-Cevallos said that health differences can vary widely among the Hispanic/Latinx community, particularly in the realm of cardiovascular health. Cardiovascular disease is one of the leading causes of death in the Hispanic/Latinx community, which is one of the fastest growing populations in the nation.
López-Cevallos researched the relationship between wealth and cardiovascular risk among Hispanic/Latinx communities. Research showed that the relationship was inconsistent: closer for some subgroups, but not for others. He said that this indicates that health policy needs to be more nuanced, accounting for the differences in health between different Hispanic/Latinx populations.
More research needs to be done to deepen the understanding of these risk factors and health implications, because the variety of experience is not present in current research and policy.
By Regina Pieracci