Given recent developments in health care and policy and a steadily increasing population of people of Mexican origin in the United States, a comprehensive look at Mexican American health has never been more necessary. Adela de la Torre and Antonio Estrada first accomplished such an overview with Mexican Americans and Health in 2001, and they have since continued to revise and expand their initial work. With a multitude of additions and renovations, Mexican Americans and Health, 2nd Edition provides a timely and accessible description of current topics in Latino health.
De la Torre and Estrada once again present a broad and nuanced understanding of recent issues involving Mexican American health and well-being, this time with the addition of discussions on:
* the new U.S. Human Development Index to contextualize the health, education, and income status of Mexican Americans relative to other population groups,
* emerging diseases, such as diabetes and obesity,
* recent health-care reforms under the Obama administration,
* substance abuse, sexual risk, and psychological distress among HIV-positive individuals in the gay/bisexual community,
* and predictions of future trends for the next decade.
This new volume has been updated throughout to reflect the many developments in health care since its first edition. Mexican Americans and Health, 2nd Edition continues to present data on a large number of health issues that are important and relevant to the Mexican American population, while describing the social contexts in which they are occurring. Its comprehensive and interdisciplinary approach brings originality and focus to a dynamic literature.
Mexican Americans and Health, 2nd Edition provides a unique and focused review of the current health status and to the future of the Southwest’s largest ethnic minority populations and communities with respect to health.’—Dr. Alberto G. Mata Jr., author of Dangerous Relationships: Effects of Early Violence in Women’s Lives on the Border
Drawing on interviews with Mexican Americans from various age groups and socioeconomic levels, the authors examine this population's experiences with health care. The text is ably designed to help students focus on the issues.'—Library Journal
This represents a critical aspect for improving the health status of Mexican Americans in the twenty-first century.'—American Quarterly
Antonio Estrada is a professor in the Department of Mexican American Studies at the University of Arizona. He is the author of “Mexican Americans and Historical Trauma Theory: A Theoretical Perspective” and “Epidemiology of HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, and Tuberculosis among Minority Injecting Drug Users.”
Acronyms Used in the Text
Overview of Health-Care Issues: “I’m Healthy But . . .”
1. An Introduction to the Mexican-Origin Population: “It Was Just an Ideal Location”
2. The Health Status of Mexican Americans: “It’s about Having a Healthy Body”
3. Understanding Substance Abuse and AIDS: “One Starts with Marijuana”
4. Health-Care Access: “Treated Like Second-Class Citizens”
5. Cultural Competency in Health-Care Services: “My Doctor Doesn’t Care
6. Future Trends in Mexican American Health: “This Is about Healing, about People Getting Better Prevention”
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