Violence as a Health Issue

Last week, my cousin was brutally beaten and was hospitalized for serious head injuries. My cousin wanted to help a young female he felt was threaten by another male. When he approached that male and asked him to leave the young woman alone, he was immediately offended and began to beat my cousin up. The other man also carried a gun and fired three times onto the air and left my bleeding cousin on the floor.
I have often wondered within these last few days about what if my cousin would have been shot;if those three bullets would have ever touched his skin.
The problem with violence today is that it is not recognized as a health issue that is largely effecting our communities. Many communities, especially those with a large amount of minorities face an act of violence on a daily basis. Many people affected by violence end up in ER rooms and in prison but the circle of violence continues to twirl and grow.
Once we as a society begin to recognize violence as a health issue– the more we can focus on provide the appropriate care for our communities.

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Latina Women and Cervical Cancer

 

A research study shows Latinas in the U.S. have the highest rates of cervical cancer.

A research study shows Latinas in the U.S. have the highest rates of cervical cancer.

A health website dedicated to serving minority women with information regarding health care and many types of serious illnesses affecting many communities brings an alarming issue that many Latinas in the U-S are facing right now.

 

The website www.womenshealth.gov reveals that Latina women have the highest rates of cervical cancer and the second highest death rates from cervical cancer.

The U.S. Census Bureau for 2000 shows that Latinos alone make up nearly 33% of the population in the california.

A  high percentage of Latina women help make up this big percentage.

There is a rising concern for Latina women who are vulnerable to cervical cancer.

Many of these women are younger generations who have been born and raised in this country. Because they have adapted more to the American culture– they are more likely to participate in unhealthy behaviors such as smoking, drinking, and poor nutrition all major factors that can contribute to cervical cancer.

Another rising concern Latina women who do not have health insurance and their lack of health care.

The National Coalition on Health Care says the percentage and the number of uninsured Latinos  increased to 32.1 percent in 2007.

This number is expected to rise now that President Obama has proposed a new health care reform that leaves non U.S. citizens out of the picture.

This new reform makes it less accessible for many immigrants currently leaving in the United States who need and depend on the proper health care especially Latina women who fall under this category.

The new issue focuses on this particular group and how they are going to be able to access health care if they have cervical cancer.

Women of all race and differences should have the right to healthcare and determine a solution to help decrease the amount of women in contact with cervical cancer.

But no matter where this country stands politically with its issues, women of all races and ethnical backgrounds end up having to wait in line for a right  only to be reminded that is actually a privilege.

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