On Demand August 2, 2006

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Hola: Providing the Best Healthcare for Our Guatemalan and Mexican Clients

Broadcast Date: August 2, 2006
(2 hours)


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Program Overview

The demographics of the United States are rapidly shifting. Americans are becoming more ethnically and racially diverse and Hispanics constitute the largest minority group in the United States. As of 2004, Hispanics accounted for 14% of the population, (41 million) and will constitute approximately 25% of the nation's total population by 2050. Some 64% of the nation's Hispanic population are of Mexican or Mexican-American background. The 2000 US Census reported that in Alabama, alone, there are over 75,000 Hispanics and of that number, nearly 2500 were from Guatemala.

The impact of this increase is being felt in our healthcare system, social service and educational institutions. Like most immigrant populations, they experience difficulty in accessing and utilizing our healthcare system because of barriers such as language, inability to obtain or afford health insurance, low income, as well as very little knowledge of how our health system works.

Program faculty will discuss and explore these issues and present innovative and successful techniques to provide acceptable healthcare to this growing client population.


Thresa Dix, MSN, RN
EP Nurse Coordinator
Nursing Division
Professional and Support Services
Alabama Department of Public Health

John Hankins, MPH, RN
State Nursing Director
Nursing Division
Professional and Support Services
Alabama Department of Public Health

Julia Hayes, MS, RD
Assistant Director
Office of Minority Health
Alabama Department of Public Health

Target Audience

Nurses, Registered Dietitians, Social Workers and other clinic outreach staff who work with minority populations.

Contact Hours

None for this program

Contact for Technical Assistance

(334) 206-5618 or email ALPHTN

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