Growing up in a Hispanic household, our family always visited communities that were predominantly of Hispanic heritage, even though those neighborhoods were far from my home. We would make the trek for grocery shopping, Hispanic restaurants, the surrounding community, and most importantly for healthcare. Now you may be wondering why we didn’t live there. Though I do not know the exact reason, it is most likely due to my father’s employment. Without the facility of a vehicle, public transportation became something we relied on making location the number one factor when it came to employment. In terms of healthcare, there were plenty of clinics, hospitals, and dentists near us, nonetheless, the main problem was they were not within our budget. …show more content…
The large room was filled with mostly Hispanic mothers and their children. It was not long before I could hear my own mother starting conversation with the family beside us. Health providers in these communities almost always accept government funded insurance, if not, offer payment plans that prevent parents from neglecting their children from the health services they deserve. An Orthodontist in the town of Perth Amboy, was most impressive when my sister was in serious need of braces. An impacted tooth had been slowly developing throughout her childhood. At the age of 10 it was determined that she must return that tooth to its proper place before worse oral deformities developed. It was extremely difficult to find an orthodontist in our area that would accept our insurance for this kind of case. We were forced to resort to farther distances in order to prevent my sister’s teeth from getting any worse. Opportunities such as these should not be considered a privilege. Every community, no matter what heritage or culture brings it together, should have access to affordable healthcare for low-income families. Becoming a health professional that can meet the needs of patients from all social and economic backgrounds is a substantial goal in my
The Latino Generation: Voices of the New America is a book written by Mario T. Garcia. This book tells the individual life stories of individual Latino Americans all attending the same class at University of California, Santa Barbra. The book discloses stories and events told by 13 students each who narrate from first person and give us a brief description of their life. The book is composed of 13 sections with an additional introduction and conclusion (Garcia, Kindle). Within this reflection I will describe the key points within this book and compare the stories within this book not only to each other, but also to additional stories of Latino Americans and how Garcia’s book rids the general public of misconception of Latinos.
When Mexicans and Puerto Ricans moved to Chicago in the late 1900s, they encountered many issues without any help. Cases of domestic violence and lack of education and jobs emerged in the Latino community. Latino immigrants populated the Pilsen neighborhood and didn't have many services or resources available for them when they needed assistance. After no signs of improvement were apparent, 15 women stood up and decided to make a change of their own. Mujeres Latinas En Accion formed to help Latina women and their families by providing services, fighting for the better of Latinas and giving help to those who need it.
The city of Chelsea is located two miles outside of Boston, MA. and has a total land area of 2.21 square miles. Chelsea has been named the smallest city in Massachusetts and as of 2010 was listed number twenty-six on the list of most densely populated cities or towns in the entire country with a 2010 census population total of 35,177. The city of Chelsea is home to countless of undocumented residents which makes it difficult to accurately assess the number of individuals that actually live in the city. I will be concentrating on the Latino populations that hail from Puerto Rico, Mexico, El Salvador and Guatemala and the reasons as to why they may have chosen Chelsea, Massachusetts as their new home.
I am fortunate that my experiences have made me aware of these things so that when I do return to these communities as a dentist, I can not only better serve my patients as a provider, but I can also be a leading advocate for the change that is so desperately needed by the individuals in these communities. As I continue along my career path in dentistry, I intend to keep volunteering in dental clinics in underserved communities as well as participating in formal organizations such as Saving Smiles to more effectively address these issues as well as enhance my understanding of the dental field. Perhaps while I serve in these communities, I can inspire and support future health professionals that will continue to advance the incredible changes that our health fields are currently
Family is the most important social unit of Hispanic life. It is a close-knit entity that includes immediate and extended family members. Typically, the father is the head of the family and the mother rules the house (Clutter, n.d.). Vacations are usually taken to relatives’ houses to promote togetherness in celebration of birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, graduations, and communions. In times of need, the family is the first line of aid, and Hispanics typically live with their parents until marriage. While this deviates from American ideals for individuals aged 18-35, it actually provides young adults the opportunity for future success because so much money is saved from greatly reduced housing costs (Williams, 2009).
Clara E. Rodriguez wrote an essay titled, "What It Means To Be Latino". On this essay she explains the difference between the terms Hispanic and Latino, elaborating on how the term "Hispanic" was created by the U.S. census in 1970, to use it as a general term to describe all of the people who came from, or, had parents who came from a Spanish speaking country. Then she states that the term "Latino", is a term considered to be more neutral and racially inclusive by many people of this population, although she made a good point of view, it still failed to describe the more complexity on the meaning of the term Latino.
“Where Latinos live greatly depends on when they came to the United States and one their economic class (Rodolfo Acuna 6).” The Latino community is rapidly becoming the most populated minority group within the United States. Latino is a diverse term for Spanish-speaking population often referring to Hispanic or Latino origin. A vast amount of Americans have Hispanic backgrounds among the United States population. The varied Latino cultures planted inside the United States society, population, and government now play a big part in the day to day life of the nation. The United States Latino community is beneficial as it provides a rich cultural diversity, contribute to the nation’s education and form profound influences within the society.
The ten leading causes of death among the Hispanic American population are mostly in line with the ten leading causes of death among all Americans. It is more surprising what causes from the American list are missing from the Hispanic American list – stroke, Alzheimer's Disease, and suicide (Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, 2009, 2010). Considering that sixty percent of deaths in the United States are attributable to behavioral factors, circumstances in one's social system, and what and who a person is exposed to in their environment (Nash, Reifsnyder, Fabius, & Pracilio, 2011), it is evident that health care providers must investigate these aspects in order to provide quality care. Recognizing the importance of providing culturally appropriate care, I attempted to determine if there were reasons for what I knew about the Hispanic culture and to discover what things I did not know. I performed a transcultural assessment on Elizabeth, a young Hispanic American female, keeping in mind that caring for a Hispanic American patient calls for developing a trusting relationship through awareness and understanding. In the clinical setting this can be accomplished by starting conversations with small talk and remembering that because a Hispanic person seems agreeable to a treatment plan does not necessarily mean they understand or will comply (Giger, 2013).
I was raised in an encouraging household where both of my parents greatly valued education. Although they were high school graduates, neither could afford to attend college; a combination of family and financial woes ultimately halted their path. As a result, my parents frequently reminded me that getting a good education meant better opportunities for my future. To my parents, that seemed to be the overarching goal: a better life for me than the one they had. My parents wanted me to excel and supported me financially and emotionally of which the former was something their parents were not able to provide. Their desire to facilitate a change in my destiny is one of many essential events that contributed to my world view.
A question that every high school student is faced with is: “What extracurricular activities so you participate in?” Some can answer confidently while others are slapped with a moment of sudden realization. These people are just floating along with the crowd, with no driving force or motivation. What I believe differentiates me from my peers and gives me a sense of uniqueness, is what I do outside of my academia. Out of the deluge of activities that are available, Latinos In Action is the one that I feel the most passionate about and shapes my persona the most.
Growing up in a Mexican-American family can be very fun and crazy. Having two different perspectives on two different cultures almost daily really shapes you to become a certain way as you grow up, which is what happened to me. Ever since I was about three months old I have been taking trips to my parents home town for a month time each time we have gone. Practically growing up in both Mexico and the United States for six years has really helped me understand my cultural background and the different parts of my whole culture, such as the food, heritage, language and culture.
I'm part of the largest ethnic minority group in the United States. By 2050, Latinos will account for 25% of the U.S. population. These rising numbers keeps most politicians scratching their heads on how to handle immigration issues wishing there was an easy way out for them of course; how to please the masses from deep-rooted discrimination within our communities on their speeches in order to gain followers. Others don't even care of throwing damaging lies fueling the violent media machine of prejudice against foreigners whose desire is to reside in this country.
I began job shadowing dentists in a Federally Qualified Health Center where previously I had been a patient in Shasta County, California. While shadowing, I watched as the dentists treated a homeless man, who had waited in a standby line for hours seeking relief from his abscessed tooth. The doctor worked quickly, yet magnanimously to provide the relief the man longed for. After healing him, his demeanor was noticeably different. Before he had been irritable and overwhelmed by the pain he felt; whereas, after receiving care, the man's eyes filled with tears as he expressed his sincere gratitude to the doctor and staff. Witnessing this dramatic change only increased my desire provide primary care services to the underserved members of our nation.