Latino Advocacy Group Takes Up Health Care
Health care is among the issues the National Council of La Raza is addressing at its national convention in Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Times reports. The convention features no-cost health screenings, a forum on HIV/AIDS and a workshop addressing recent developments in Latino health issues.
Health care has emerged as an important issue for the advocacy group because Latinos face disproportionately high rates of diabetes, obesity, HIV/AIDS and other diseases.
To help address health care, La Raza has helped train 400 volunteer health educators as part of an effort to provide health information to low-income immigrants with limited English proficiency.
Charles Kamasaki, senior vice president of La Raza, said mass marketing campaigns often do not reach this group (Watanabe, Los Angeles Times, 7/10).