©Illustrator: Carmen Lomas Garza
Health practices for family health care include both traditional health services and folk medicine from local folk healers or curanderas.
Health issues: Latinos suffer a greater incidence of some highly preventable disease, such as AIDS, tuberculosis, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and breast and cervical cancer, than other U.S. groups. Moreover, they are less likely to have access to health insurance, adequate preventive medical care, or public health education materials.
Children and health care: Over one-quarter (28.6%) of Hispanic children lack any form of health insurance, a rate higher than that of either White (14.1%) or Black (18.9%) children. Questions for educators: How does this affect their daily activities and school performance? What school resources are available to assist them?
©Photographer: Hector Emanuel
1. Read "La Curandera y
los Remedios" Find a "botánica
natural" (natural health shop) in a Latino community. Find out
what is good for common ailments (stomach ache, insomnia, energy
booster, etc.). Bring some medicinal herbs to class.
2. Find out about Latino-related health issues at a community health clinic. What childhood or adolescent illness are most common? Is bilingual health services offered? What health-related issues should educators be aware of? Interview a "health professional" serving a Latino local community. What are the main issues in their practices? Bring some brochures or pamphlets related to Latino health issues.
3. Read "La Curandera y
los Remedios" Interview someone who has been to a
"curandera" or folk healer. Why do they access this type of
health care? Is it effective for them or their families? Do you
use any type of alternative medicine? If so, why?
4. Read about different home
Pose a question or contribute a home remedy. Print out your responses and bring to class.
1. Read Want to live
Longer? Live the Latino
Link to Health Article
What aspects of Latino culture contribute to a good state of health? What new ideas about Latino health issues did you gain? How has this article informed your knowledge of Latino culture and lifestyle? How has it informed you ideas about the impact of Latinos have on social and health services in our country? What profile do you now have about Latino lifestyle and health care?
LA EDUCACION BILINGUE
LAS CELEBRACIONES Y CEREMONIAS
LAS BELLAS ARTES
LA VIDA MIGRANTE
LA LITERATURA INFANTIL