A group picture of METAS mentors for 2010-2011. METAS is a peer-to-peer mentoring program developed by the Puerto Rican and Latin American Cultural Center "to assist first-year and transfer students with their college transition by pairing them with a peer mentor who provides guidance and support throughout the mentee’s first year at UConn."
As part of the celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 – October 15) this blog entry briefly discusses Hispanic/Latino health issues and how to conduct research on this subject using the library resources.
The Hispanic American/Latino community has specific health concerns based on factors such as genetics, environmental factors, access to care, and cultural factors. Typical medical conditions affecting this diverse population are: Diabetes, Asthma, a variety of mental illness and HIV/AIDS, while cancer and heart diseases are the leading causes of death in this complex population.
At the UConn Libraries we strives to acquire materials that document health research on the Hispanic American population. If you are interested in learning more about Hispanic-American Health, the UConn Libraries has the books, journal articles, and librarians (expertas) you’ll need.
If you want to find out more about the issues related to Hispanic American health before you get started, visit the following sites for reliable and current information: MedlinePlus—Hispanic American Health , the Connecticut Center for Eliminating Health Disparities among Latinos or The Pew Hispanic Center’s Internet Resources for Health
Check out some interesting statistics from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. For material is Spanish visit, http://www.cuidadodesalud.gov/enes/
In addition, visit the library from September 16 – October 15 to see a display of Hispanic/Latino Health related books available in the Homer Babbidge Library (Plaza Level) as part of the celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month!
Visit also the Puerto Rican and Latin American Cultural Center (PRLACC) for their schedule of events to celebrate this month.
How to research Hispanic/Latino health issues
One of the challenges of studying the Hispanic American population is the fact that it is not a homogeneous population but a very heterogeneous one where race, language, and socioeconomic status vary from group to group. What affects Puerto Ricans will not necessarily affect Cuban Americans or Mexican Americans. Another element that complicates research is the fact that more than one term is used to describe this minority group. Both Hispanic American and Latino are umbrella terms developed through the years by the U.S. Census to try to document and account for this ever-changing group.
The U.S. Census definition state: “People who identify with the terms “Hispanic” or “Latino” are those who classify themselves in one of the specific Hispanic or Latino categories listed on the Census 2000 or ACS questionnaire – “Mexican,” “Puerto Rican,” or “Cuban” – as well as those who indicate that they are “other Spanish, Hispanic, or Latino.” Origin can be viewed as the heritage, nationality group, lineage, or country of birth of the person or the person’s parents or ancestors before their arrival in the United States. People who identify their origin as Spanish, Hispanic, or Latino may be of any race.”[i]
Tips and advice on researching Hispanic/Latino health issues using library resources
Need Books? Search for books in HOMER, the Libraries’ Catalog
TIPS: When using HOMER, browse our collection of books on Hispanic American Health by entering one of these Subject searches: 1) Hispanic Americans –Medical care –United States; 2) Hispanic Americans –Health and hygiene –United States.
Need Articles: Search for quality articles in one of our databases:
When using full-text keyword search use quotation marks (“ “) to denote a phrase such as “Puerto Rican” “Cuban American” to identify materials on that ethnic group
To combine keywords using Boolean Operators (AND, OR, NOT):
- Do you have more than one topic? Use AND: Hispanic Americans AND high blood pressure
- Do your topics have synonyms? Use OR: Hispanic Americans OR Latin Americans OR Cuban Americans
- Do you have multiple topics and synonyms? Use Parentheses: (Hispanic Americans OR Latin Americans OR Cuban Americans) AND (high blood pressure OR hypertension)
- Do your topics have singular or plural forms? Use Asterisks (*): Hispanic American* OR Latin American* OR Cuban American*
For more tips and advice on researching Hispanic/Latino using the library resources visit National Hispanic Heritage Month LibGuide
Contact one of our subject specialists
For information about health/medicine: Jill Livingston / email@example.com: 486-8303
For information about Latin American & Caribbean Studies, Puerto Rican and Latino Studies, and Spanish: Marisol Ramos / Marisol.firstname.lastname@example.org / 486-2734.
From American FactFinder glossary at http://factfinder.census.gov/home/en/epss/glossary_h.html
retrieved September 15, 2010. For a more complete understanding of the change from Hispanic
to Hispanic or Latino
see, Revisions to the Standards for the Classification of Federal Data on Race and Ethnicity
retrieved September 15, 2010.