Cultural Diversity

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According to statistics from the 2012 United States Census Bureau survey, the national Cuban-American population has risen to nearly two million people. While this population accounts for only 4% of the total Hispanic or Latino population, Cuban-Americans account for the largest amount of elders when compared to all other Hispanic or Latino sub-cultures. This has a direct influence on elderly care, ethnic remedies, lifespan, and government provided healthcare within the Cuban-American population. This large elderly population is most commonly linked to the large Cuban migrations that began in the 1960’s. Unlike some of the other Hispanic or Latino sub-cultures, Cubans received large amounts of social and economic support during their first waves of migration while seeking political asylum from Castro’s regime. A sub-culture built on new economic and educational opportunities supports the recent statistics from a study published by Stanford University stating that between other Hispanic and Latino sub-cultures, Cubans have the highest population of elders, the highest number of citizens that have received formal education, and have higher incomes. These statistics confirm the thesis found in a recent article from HealthAffairs.org. The thesis concludes that a sub-culture’s view and rating of the United States healthcare system is influenced by the socioeconomic status of said sub-culture. The socioeconomic status of the Cuban-American population is most closely related to that of Non-Hispanic whites, which would explain why the two sub-cultures have almost identical views and ratings of the United States Healthcare system. Southern Florida already consists of a high percent of elderly people for its ideal retirement facilities, ... ... middle of paper ... ... must use private health insurance. Works Cited Blendon, R. Disparities In Health: Perspectives Of A Multi-Ethnic, Multi-Racial America. HealthAffairs. 2007. Accessed at: http://content.healthaffairs.org/content/26/5/1437.full. Accessed on: March 27, 2014. Talamantes M, Lindeman R, Mouton C. Ethnogeriatric Curriculum Module: Health and Health Care of Hispanic/Latino American Elders. Stanford.edu. Accessed at: http://www.stanford.edu/group/ethnoger/hispaniclatino.html. Accessed on: March 28, 2014. Ennis R, Rios-Vargas M, Albert N. The Hispanic Population 2010. Census.org. 2011. Accessed at: http://www.census.gov/prod/cen2010/briefs/c2010br-04.pdf. Accessed on: March 28, 2014. U.S. Census Bureau, 2012 American Community Survey. Cri.fiu.edu. 2012. Accessed at: http://cri.fiu.edu/cuban-america/profile-of-cubans-in-the-united-states/. Accessed on: March 28, 2014.

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