Acknowledging the relationship that exists among health outcomes, socioeconomic factors, and access to health care is key to understanding the health status of Latinas in Massachusetts. For example, poverty disproportionately affects Latinos in Massachusetts, and they have the lowest rate of health insurance in the Commonwealth despite the fact that Massachusetts has one of the most inclusive and comprehensive public health insurance programs in the nation. This situation impacts access to regular health care for Latinos and affects their overall health status. This fact sheet provides information on the following health areas of particular concern to Latinas: maternal and child health, sexually transmitted diseases, HIV/AIDS, breast cancer, cervical cancer, and diabetes.
Cortés, Dharma E.; Cajigas, Helen; and Bermúdez, Odilia, "Key Health Issues Facing Latinas" (2002). Gastón Institute Publications. 117.