Latina Health in the United States: A Public Health Reader / Edition 1

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Latina Health in the United States identifies and offers an in-depth examination of the most critical health issues that affect Latinas' health and health care within the United States. In this comprehensive resource, the contributors examine a wide variety of topics that address Latina women's health concerns such as sexual and reproductive health issues; chronic conditions such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes; the impact of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs; mental health issues; adolescent health; and rural and migrant occupational health. Latina Health in the United States is a unique guide to the health and well-being of the women in our country's fastest growing population.

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What People Are Saying

From the Publisher
"This edited volume is a much-needed and timely collection,comprehensively mapping out the issues most central to Latinahealth today. The collection raises not only issues central toresearch and scholarship on Latina health, it also serves as aguide for future policy decisions in regard to Latina health.Latina Health in the United States stands as a definitivecollection for years to come."
— Natalia Molina, associate professor of ethnic studies,University of California, San Diego

"An extraordinarily valuable volume detailing and analyzing thecomplex realities of Latina health in the US and the social,cultural and economic factors that influence them. Essentialreading for health workers, public health professionals, educators,students, and other caregivers written by the best in thefield."
— Ruth Sidel, professor of sociology, Hunter College andauthor, Keeping Women and Children Last: America's War on thePoor

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787965792
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 9/29/2003
  • Series: Public Health/Vulnerable Populations Series, #6
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 688
  • Product dimensions: 9.25 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 1.45 (d)

Meet the Author

Marilyn Aguirre-Molina is professor of population and family healthat the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University inNew York. She has served as the executive vice president of theCalifornia Endowment and as senior program officer at The RobertWood Johnson Foundation.
Carlos W. Molina is professor of health education and dean ofacademic affairs at Hostos Community College at City University ofNew York. He has served as the executive director of LincolnHospital in New York.

Aguirre-Molina and Molina are coeditors (with Ruth EnidZambrana) of Health Issues in the Latino Community (Jossey-Bass,2001).

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Table of Contents

Tables, Figures, and Exhibits.


The Authors.

The Editors.




1. The State of the Art: Latinas in the Health Literature(Marilyn Aguirre-Molina, Noilyn Abesamis, Michelle Castro).

2. Public Health Needs and Scientific Opportunities in Researchon Latinas (Hortensia Amaro, Adela de la Torre).


3. Disparities in Health Indicators for Latinas in California(Lourdes Baezconde-Garbanati, Carmen J. Portillo, James A.Garbanati).

4. The Role of Health Insurance on Latinas’ Health(Estelamari Rodriguez, Olveen Carrasquillo).


5. The Reproductive Years: The Health of Latinas (Aida L.Giachello).

6. Agency and Constraint: Sterilization and Reproductive FreedomAmong Puerto Rican Women in New York City (Iris Lopez).

7. Subverting Culture: Promoting HIV/AIDS Prevention AmongPuerto Rican and Dominican Women (Blanca Ortiz-Torres, IrmaSerrano-García, Nélida Torres-Burgos).


8. Mortality from Coronary Heart Disease and CardiovascularDisease Among Adult U.S. Hispanics: Findings from the NationalHealth Interview Survey (1986 to 1994) (Youlian Liao, Richard S.Cooper, Guichan Cao, Jay S. Kaufman, Andrew E. Long, Daniel L.McGee).

9. Use of Cancer Screening Practices by Hispanic Women: Analysesby Subgroup (Ruth E. Zambrana, Nancy Breen, Sarah A. Fox, Mary LouGutierrez-Mohamed).

10. Risk Factors for Invasive Cervical Cancer in Latino Women(Anna Nápoles-Springer, Eliseo J. Pérez-Stable, EugeneWashington).

11. Perspectives of Pregnant and Postpartum Latino Women onDiabetes, Physical Activity, and Health (Edith C. Kieffer,Sharla K. Willis, Natalia Arellano, Ricardo Guzman).


12. Alcohol Use and Misuse Among Hispanic Women: SelectedFactors, Processes, and Studies (Glorisa Canino).

13. The Treatment of Alcohol Dependency Among Latinas: AFeminist, Cultural, and Community Perspective (Juana Mora).

14. Tobacco Use Among Multiethnic Latino Populations (Jon F.Kerner, Nancy Breen, Mariella C. Tefft, Joscelyn Silsby).

15. Illicit Drug Use Among Mexicans and Mexican Americans inCalifornia: The Effects of Gender and Acculturation (William A.Vega, Ethel Alderete, Bohdan Kolody, Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola).

16. Substance Abuse Treatment: Critical Issues and Challenges inthe Treatment of Latina Women (Hortensia Amaro, Rita Nieves, SergutWolde Johannes, Nirzka M. Labault Cabeza).


17 Latinas (Melba J. T. Vasquez).


18. The Protective Role of Social Capital and Cultural Norms inLatino Communities: A Study of Adolescent Births (Jill Denner,Douglas Kirby, Karin Coyle, Claire Brindis).

19. Smoking Acquisition Among Adolescents and Young Latinas: TheRole of Socioenvironmental and Personal Factors (Celia P. Kaplan,Anna Nápoles-Springer, Susan L. Stewart, Eliseo J.Pérez-Stable).

20. The Role of Intergenerational Discrepancy of CulturalOrientation in Drug Use Among Latina Adolescents (MaríaFélix-Ortiz de la Garza, Alicia Fernandez, Michael D.Newcomb).

21. Depressive Symptoms and Suicidal Ideation AmongMexican-Origin and Anglo Adolescents (Robert E. Roberts,Yuan-Who Chen).


22. Cancer-Screening Determinants Among Hispanic Women UsingMigrant Health Clinics (Tracy L. Skaer, Linda M. Robison, David A.Sclar, Gary H. Harding).

23. Lifetime Prevalence of and Risk Factors for PsychiatricDisorders Among Mexican Migrant Farmworkers in California (EthelAlderete, William A. Vega, Bohdan Kolody, SergioAguilar-Gaxiola).

24. Intimate Victimization of Latina Farmworkers: A ResearchSummary (Joe Gorton, Nikki R. Van Hightower).


25. Relation of Demographic and Lifestyle Factors to Symptoms ina Multiracial/Ethnic Population of Women Forty- to Fifty-Five Yearsof Age (Ellen B. Gold, Barbara Sternfeld, Jennifer L. Kelsey,Charlotte Brown, Charles Mouton, Nancy Reame, Loran Salamone,Rebecca Stellato).

26. Lesbian Women of Color: Triple Jeopardy (BeverlyGreene).

27. Prevalence and Predictors of Physical Partner Abuse AmongMexican American Women (E. Anne Lown, William A. Vega).

28. Acculturation and Disordered Eating Patterns Among MexicanAmerican Women (Rebeca Chamorro, Yvette Flores-Ortiz).

29. Welfare Reform and Its Impact on Latino Families (DianaRomero).

Name Index.

Subject Index.

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