Updated February 26, 2013
New Study Shows Comprehensive Picture of Latino Health in Santa Clara County
The Santa Clara County Public Health Department is proud to present its Status of Latino/Hispanic Health Santa Clara County 2012 report.
The purpose of the Latino health report is to:
- Provide a comprehensive picture of health in the Latino/Hispanic community, relative to other racial and ethnic groups.
- Identify socioeconomic factors that may influence Latino/Hispanic health.
- Assess neighborhood conditions related to obesity, nutrition, physical activity, and safety.
The study began on May 1st, 2012, with a public informational meeting at the Sobrato Center for Nonprofits in San Jose, to hear about the goals, focus and questions that would be addressed in this assessment.
Latinos/Hispanics are the third largest ethnic group in Santa Clara County and by 2050, they will be the largest. As the Latino/Hispanic population grows, our public health and healthcare systems will have to expand and adjust to meet changing health needs.
Latinos/Hispanics face significant socioeconomic challenges, which may impact their health and well being. Previous countywide assessments have also found that they are more likely than other racial/ethnic groups to be overweight or obese; to have lower levels of physical activity and poorer nutrition; and to experience higher rates of injury and violence.
For these reasons, and at the request of Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, the Public Health Department conducted an assessment of Latino/Hispanic health in Santa Clara County.
The Status of Latino/Hispanic Health Santa Clara County 2012 report will also be presented at the 8th Annual Binational Health Week (BHW) event on October 1st, 2012 in San Jose, CA. BHW is a community effort that focuses on improving the health and well-being of underserved immigrants from Latin America, in Santa Clara County. Learn more >
- View Latino health reports
- View neighborhood profiles