Introduction to Latino culture(s)
Hispanics/Latinos are the fastest growing minority group in Kansas. Since the 2000 Census, the percentage of Kansas who are Hispanic/Latino has nearly doubled. Of this group, 1/3 were born abroad and 2/3 are U.S. citizens. 84% of Kansas Latinos are of Mexican origin. Recently however, more immigrants from Central American countries like Guatemala and El Salvador are making homes in Kansas. Very few Hispanics/Latinos are refugees currently. For those that fit criteria, less than 1% of the total population of refugees in Kansas are from Cuba and Guatemala. (Catholic Charities of NE Kansas, 2015; Pew Research Center, 2011)
In Kansas, as recently as 2011, Hispanic/Latino persons represent 11% of the state population.
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This webpage describes important cultural considerations for Latino families. Brief demographics, cultural considerations, cultural communication patterns, gender and religious patterns, and family considerations are provided. Although this piece is written for educators, it will provide home visitors with useful information for improving practice with Latino families.
This 3-page web PDF document underscores some of the central characteristics of Latino families. Demographics are provided, as is information over the role of religion, gender roles, and the cultural context on Latino families. Finally, implications for practice are offered.
This 17-page PDF document offers lists of cultural insights that will inform practice with Latino families. The document also provides a list of considerations for targeting health efforts with Latino families. Statistics based on media consumption patterns of Latino families guide the list of recommendations. Finally, culture-specific health needs are outlined. These include the most common health concerns among Latinos in the U.S., common culture-specific health concerns, and a list of health-seeking behaviors characteristic of the population.