How to Help Hispanic Community
Latino families and individuals residing in the United States encounter a number of problems. Even though many will argue that immigration is the top concern for Latinos, more than 57% of the Latino registered voters indicated that education, in comparison to healthcare (43%) and employment-economy (52%), is the most crucial challenge facing them The immigration stood at 32% (Krogstad, 31). Funding and investment in public health and educational systems, passing of affordable Care Acts, immigration reforms, and creation of employment are some of the ways through which the Latino community can be aided in dealing with these problems. To start with education, Latinos have low SES as well as low levels of educational qualifications. As a matter of fact, the rate of dropout in high schools among the Hispanic youths-17% almost doubles the rate among blacks-9 percent; and is approximately thrice as high as it’s among American youths-6%.
Looking at the early childhood education, we can better understand the unending troubles adults face. When weighing the statistical figures for illiterate Latino kids in the U. S, it’s clear that they are so disadvantaged compared to their fellow whites age mates (Bruns, Barbara, & Javier, 133). Many of the literacy problems come as a result of larger family size, lower maternal education, less exposure to quality preschool, and weaker early reading practices. A research carried out by Child Trends Hispanic Institute in 2007 deduced that Latino kids are less likely compared to whites to fully prepare for school from all areas apart from just being able to hold a pen. Variation in health profiles among the Latino community is another key issue.
Nearly 30% of the Latin America’s population lack access to healthcare due to economic barriers and 21% have no interest of seeking care due to geographical reasons (Krogstad et al. In the 21st century, Hispanic community has encountered high levels of acute and infectious diseases thus placing pressures on systems of public healthcare. Only a small number of countries within Latin America region meet the international indicators like hospital beds available per a thousand inhabitants, or the number of nurses/doctors per ten thousand inhabitants. Hispanic region is characterized by high inequality and inequity in health with most people likely to be infected being found at the base of the pyramid. 3% relative to 8. 9% among non-Latinos (Krogstad et al. Looking at income inequality in the lens of race and ethnicity, Hispanics are among the most affected.
According to the Sentier study, non-Latinos consisted of 64% of the entire population of the United States and received 76% of its salaries and wages between 2008 and 2010. Latinos comprising 16% of the total populace earned 9% of the income pie, with Africans Americans coming at 8%. During enrollment in the workplace retirement plan, Latinos adds less during each work period compared to their white colleagues. So as to reduce the income inequality, Latinos should be offered well-paying jobs and saving rate be increased. Financial education can also be used to lower the income and wealth gaps. This will help the families understand the essence of formulating a budget, investing in portfolio, and saving for emergencies. Strategies for financial education can be developed and implemented via community-centered institutions, school curriculum, and financial institutions.
4 million immigrants without legal status. The failure by congress to pass the full immigration reform has affected the Hispanic community disproportionately. A sum of 16. 7 million heads, lots of Latin origin, dwells in mixed-status families with no less than one undocumented family member. Therefore, the effects of undocumented immigration such as barriers to medical care and higher education as well as lower wages, negatively affect both the Latinos without legal status and their communities and families (Santos et al. Especially in regions with low incomes, access to green space and local parks is becoming extinct, with Hispanic grownups being deprived of social places to develop and exercise interpersonal relationships, and Hispanic kids are not in a position to include physical activity in their daily chores.
Due to this, Hispanics across the United States are facing acute health disorders such as heart disease, asthma, and obesity. Studies indicate that Hispanics hold the faith that access to green spaces, clean water, and clean air among other environmental matters are crucial to the living standards of Latino society countrywide. Supporting legislation that guards the natural resources like monuments and protect the environment will help these communities in improving their well-being. This can be achieved through educating lawmakers on the manner in which environmental policies affect Hispanic societies, upholds the Antiquities Act-that enables in designing of national museums, and protects the water and land conservation fund- for funding parks in both rural and urban areas. Such programs can focus on areas where the impact is felt greatly such as Central Florida where food insecurity among Hispanics is increasing.
The programs can be expanded to include partner agencies that will chip in to offer pounds of food to serve starving families. Such programs have been effective through the Hispanic Federation that has provided nearly 100,000 meals in hunger stricken areas. Development and provision latest agricultural technology such as production system, drought resistant crops, and seeds that mature fast to people living in this region will also improve food production thus a better life. Civic engagement is another way of helping the Hispanic community. They face serious problems of immigration, unemployment, income inequality, illiteracy, and infringement of rights. The country should perceive them as important people in driving the economy forward. In the coming decades, the US institutions will depend and be affected by their actions.
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