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With the Latino community growing so fast in the United States, there should be concern for issues that affect this group. In the years to come, a big portion of the U.S. population will be Hispanic. With infant mortality rates being high among mostly Puerto Rican and U.S born Latina populations, there is a likely reason that it will get worse in the future if ignored. Though a lot of research has been conducted on the Latino community, not a lot has been done about infant mortality. Latinos are still confronted with little or no medical benefits, discrimination and less attention with regards to the medical system. Such barriers are what give them little or no medical access and health issues like infant mortality therefore continue to prevail.

Such issues lead us to question the ethical conduct of the health system in the United States. The World health organization (WHO) argues that the work of the health care system is twofold: to improve health goodness and fairness. Health care providers should work hand in hand with the Latino community to help fight and reduce infant mortality rates. It is both morally and professionally right that you, the health care providers, partner with Latino mothers to combat infant mortality rates because the Latino community alone lacks resources and is less educated to do this single handedly. Education, medical benefits and understanding of cultural values should be provided by the health care workers to help better the health of Latinos and consequently reduce infant mortality rate.


Accessibility | Privacy | ASU Disclaimer This site was created by Joan Wamaniala in fulfillment of requirements for the course CSS 335: Latino Health Issues taught by Dr. Szkupinski Quiroga at Arizona State University, Spring 2007.