Planned Parenthood Brings Attention to Health Disparities in the Latino Community
During Hispanic Heritage Month, Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin wants to bring attention to health disparities among the Latino community.
Maria Barker, multicultural programs manager, said that Latinos often times wait too long before the see a doctor.
“It’s not like we get a higher rate of breast cancer, it’s not like we get cervical cancer more often, the problem is that we seek care at a later stage,” Barker said. “Often times us Latinos don’t get to the doctor because of the lack of insurance and the lack of access to culturally relevant health care.”
One of the programs they are promoting targets Latinos and their health. It's called Cuidandonos Creceremos mas Sanos, which in English translates as We'll Grow Healthier by Taking Care of Ourselves..
They do this throughout the state and it's a sexual and reproductive health program, which is a topic that's often times considered taboo in Hispanic families.
"We, not because it's our fault, we grew up not knowing how to have these very important discussions that are a must so CCMAS, Cuidandonos Creceremos Mas Sanos teaches families, entire families how to normalize the conversation, how to build trust, and how to communicate."
This program is offered in local schools and in people's homes. Planned Parenthood sees anyone, regardless if they have insurance or not.