Bringing together members of the Latino community, researchers, community health workers, promotores and advocates, the summit focused on the issues facing the Latino community in increasing awareness, access to care, improved treatment and research opportunities among other topics.
I would like to share with you some of what I learned during the preparation for that lecture, as well as some observations that tie together the impact and calls to action that are relevant to the Latino community and many other ethnic and socioeconomic groups in the United States.
When one takes a closer look at the Latino community, one finds there are a number of what we euphemistically call "Social determinants" that make such a difference in understanding the community itself and the challenges that many face.
The Latino community has other distinguishing characteristics: those that tend to be foreign born are older, while the native born community skews much younger.
I came away with an understanding of how important the promotore is within the Latino community and their engagement of the health care system.
The background work I did leading up to the talk reminded me of the reasons we need to pay attention to access to cancer care not only in the Latino community, but in many diverse communities in this country as well.