February 21, 2024
A consultant from The Nationwide Latino Analysis Middle spoke at Friday’s press convention. Picture through @NLRC_CSUSM X

Rep. Mike Levin, D-Dana Level, Friday joined U.S. Division of Well being & Human Companies Secretary Xavier Becerra to announce $333,000 in new funding for well being fairness analysis to handle disparities in Latino well being outcomes and entry to medical care.

The funding is meant to help analysis via the Neighborhood Well being Advocate “Bridges2Health” program, a partnership between the Nationwide Latino Analysis Middle at California State College San Marcos, Vista Neighborhood Clinic and the Vista Unified Faculty District to assist enhance entry to well being assets for Latino households.

“The COVID-19 pandemic made clear now we have systemic inequalities in our well being care system that worsen the well being outcomes for Latinos and communities of coloration throughout the US,” Levin mentioned. “We want devoted well being partnerships that meet the wants of Latinos and assist them entry high quality, reasonably priced well being care. That’s why this funding is so essential.”

“The Bridges2Health program will enhance well being situations and break down limitations that result in well being disparities in Latino communities,” he mentioned.

In accordance with a press release from Levin’s workplace, Latino households in the US are twice as doubtless as their white friends to stay in poverty and have the best uninsured charges of any racial or ethnic group within the nation. Bridges2Health is meant to assist Latinos in Vista apply for medical insurance protection and entry well being providers to enhance high quality of life and outcomes.

“I do know from expertise that households with restricted English proficiency have a tougher time navigating well being care methods,” mentioned Becerra. “Too typically, they must miss out on preventive care totally. At HHS, we’re doing all the pieces in our energy to implement fairness by design and get rid of well being disparities.”

“I need to thank Congressman Mike Levin for his dedication to this work,” he mentioned. “Collectively, we’re connecting extra individuals to care and constructing more healthy futures — particularly for individuals who have traditionally been left behind.”

A Bridges2Health Neighborhood Well being Advocate from Vista Neighborhood Clinic will present help on the two not too long ago designated group colleges inside the Vista Unified Faculty District to “help ethnic/racial minority, low-income, and restricted English proficient college students and their households to determine a medical residence, join them with group assets to handle well being wants, enhance enrollment and maintain engagement with Medicaid/CHIP and SNAP applications and plan well being particular occasions in the neighborhood,” the assertion reads.

Metropolis Information Service contributed to this text.