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Latinx Child Health: Challenges and Opportunities to Build a Healthy Future

  • Julie M. LintonEmail author
  • J. Raul Gutierrez
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Abstract

Latinx children represent the most rapidly growing pediatric population and the nation’s youngest major racial/ethnic group. The health of Latinx children represents a critical indicator of the future health of our nation. However, inequities in access to and quality of care and disparities in health outcomes continue to threaten the health of many Latinx children. In this chapter, we briefly outline what is known about the health of Latinx children in the USA; describe some challenges to their health and well-being, highlighting both critical social determinants of health and community-level protective factors; and propose opportunities at individual, local, and policy levels to promote the health and well-being of Latinx children in the USA.

Keywords

Child health Latinx Adolescent Social determinants of health Well-being Discrimination 

Notes

Acknowledgements

The authors would like to recognize Daniel P. Krowchuk, MD, FAAP for his critical review of this manuscript.

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  1. 1.University of South Carolina School of MedicineGreenvilleUSA
  2. 2.Department of PediatricsPrisma Health Children’s Hospital-UpstateGreenvilleUSA
  3. 3.Department of Pediatrics, Zuckerberg San Francisco General Children’s Health CenterUniversity of CaliforniaSan FranciscoUSA

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