This report is intended to be used by policymakers, community, consumer and family leaders, health care professionals, educators, and families to identify opportunities to leverage strengths and address risks of Latino children and families to ensure a healthier future for California. It summarizes the most recent data on the health status of California’s Latino children and families. Data includes findings from the 2011/2012 National Survey of Children’s Health, 2009/2010 National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs, the 2012 California Health Interview Survey, and other population-based surveys, supplemented with published and gray literature and expert advisor input. Findings indicate fewer California Latino children than white children experience a minimum standard of basic health care, family, and community factors and this is especially true for Latino children living in Spanish primary language households. Demographic information is provided, following by specific findings on household income and financial disparities, the health status of Latino children in California, health care access and quality, the family and home environment, and the school environment. Recommendations are made that focus on the following areas: improve access to and quality of health care, and improve health care system performance; address language and cultural barriers to health care; and help children build resilience against the harmful health effects of poverty and unsafe neighborhoods. 28 figures and 36 references.
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¿Cómo Están los Niños?: The Health of Latino Children and Families in California.