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Home > Research Articles > Health System Failing Latino Kids

NY Post

Saturday, July 06, 2002

Health System Failing Latino Kids: Study NY Post - July 03, 2002 CHICAGO - Latino children, the largest juvenile minority group in the United States, suffer a disproportionate share of health problems yet receive inadequate health services and are neglected by researchers, a report published yesterday said. A review of published material shows Latinos are rarely included in child-health research, are at high risk for behavioral and developmental disorders, have a higher prevalence of tooth decay and are more likely to be uninsured than any other ethnic group of children, according to the report from the Boston Medical Center and The Latino Consortium of the American Academy of Pediatrics Center for Child Health Research. The researchers also said Latino boys are the most overweight and Latina girls are the second most overweight among racial or ethnic groups of U.S. children. Puerto Rican children have the highest prevalence of active asthma of any U.S. ethnic or racial group of children. And Latino youth have the highest school dropout rate in the nation - 29 percent. Post Wire Services