“At Risk: Latino Children’s Health. Arte Publico. 2011. c.304p. ed. by Rafael Pérez-Escamilla & Hugo Melgar-Quiñonez. ISBN 9781558857087. $25.95. HEALTH
“Latinos are the fastest-growing population group in the United States today and, although our country spends more on health care per capita than any other nation, it ranks (as reported in 2007) 42nd in life expectancy worldwide. Because Latinos have a higher rate of poverty, lower levels of education and English-language proficiency, and legal issues related to immigration, their access to health care is often adversely affected. Diabetes, asthma, hypertension, and obesity are common in the community. Pérez-Escamilla (director, Office of Community Health, Yale Sch. of Public Health) and Melgar-Quiñonez (human nutrition, Ohio State Univ.) have compiled ten essays by leading experts with academic and nonprofit affiliations that examine the social and economic issues in the community and how they affect children’s health. Among the topics covered are the quality of neighborhood schools, food insecurity, feeding practices and the lack of awareness of obesity, lack of physical activity, and substance abuse. The contributors also examine the positive impact of community health workers on prenatal and child health.
“VERDICT This is an important work for those involved in public-health policy. Readers interested in health policy, public health, and the health sciences will want to pick it up.”
—Barbara M. Bibel, Oakland P.L.
The book includes Chapter One on Latino Children’s Health and the Environment co-authored by George Flores, The City Project’s Robert Garcia and Seth Strongin, Liz U. Schwarte, Mariah S. Lafleur, Emma V. Sanchez-Vaznaugh, Manal J. Aboelata, Lisa G.-Rosas, Sandra R. Viera, and Amanda M. Navarro.
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