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9.6: Latinx Health
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- Apply theory and knowledge produced by Chicanx and Latinx communities to describe the critical events, histories, cultures, intellectual traditions, contributions, lived experiences, and social struggles of those groups with a particular emphasis in the realm of health and health policy.
- Critically analyze how health conditions, behaviors, and outcomes are influenced by the intersection of race and racism as they relate to class, gender, sexuality, religion, spirituality, national origin, immigration status, ability, language, and/or age in Chicanx and Latinx communities.
- Explain and assess how struggle, resistance, racial and social justice, solidarity, and liberation, as experienced, enacted, and studied by Chicanx and Latinx communities are relevant to current and structural issues such as communal, national, and transnational politics, for example, public health disparities, environmental justice, and workers’ rights.
- 9.6.1: Frameworks for Analyzing Chicanx and Latinx Health
- This section explores the conceptual tools for understanding Chicanx and Latinx community health. It highlights the historical and contemporary challenges faced by these communities, including colonization, violence, acculturation, and environmental toxins. The section emphasizes the importance of culture and its influence on health, considering factors such as nationality, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, language, and disability.
- 9.6.2: Environmental Justice and Health
- This section highlights the interdependence of the environment and human society, emphasizing the impact on individual and community health. It discusses how structural inequalities disproportionately affect communities of color, low-income areas, and immigrants, leading to unhealthy environments. The section also explores environmental justice advocacy, showcasing grassroots efforts led by Latina/x activists.
- 9.6.3: Workplace Health
- This section discusses the factors influencing workplace health for Chicanx and Latinx communities. It highlights the overrepresentation of these groups in industries with high risks of exposure to toxic chemicals, exacerbated by language barriers and exploitation of legal and immigration status. The COVID-19 pandemic further emphasized the health vulnerabilities faced by essential workers, including agricultural workers and retail clerks, who were disproportionately impacted by infection rates.
- 9.6.4: Conclusion
- 9.6.5: Chapter 9 Resource Guide