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.
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.