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The Healthy Lives Challenge: Guiding Information

We've compiled a bit of information about the focus of this challenge to help guide your efforts. While we’re especially excited to see solutions that leverage technology to lead to healthy lifestyles for Hispanic Americans, we recognize the issues surrounding healthy lives are found across the world. Take this information an apply it to analogous examples and research that will help us better create powerful solutions.

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INSIGHTS INTO HEALTH-RELATED BEHAVIORS

Among Hispanic Americans:

  • Patients tend to delay medical care until their conditions worsen/necessitate immediate attention
  • They are the least likely ethnic group to seek medical care  – 42% never visit a doctor or medical provider during the year
  • Lack of confidence & trust can hinder effective dialogue with healthcare providers  – adults whose preferred language is not English are more likely to report dissatisfaction with their doctor
  • Less than 3% of U.S. physicians are Hispanic
  • 1 in 3 Hispanics lack health insurance


3 FACTS: HEART DISEASE AND STROKE

  • Hispanic women are likely to develop heart disease 10 yrs. earlier than Non-Hispanics
  • The average age for an Hispanic to experience a stroke is 67, more than 10 years younger than Non-Hispanics
  • A stroke is the fourth leading cause of death among Hispanics in the U.S., and the first leading cause of disability among them


3 FACTS: CANCER

  • Leading cause of death  among Hispanic adults
  • Cancer is the #1 killer of Hispanic adults and #2 among Hispanic children:
  • Hispanic women are more likely to be diagnosed with late stage breast cancer and die from the disease than Non-Hispanic women


3 FACTS: OBESITY

  • Over 75% of Hispanics affected
  • Hispanics more than any other race have extreme obesity prevalence in adults
  • Hispanic children are almost 1.5 times more likely to be overweight than Non-Hispanic white children


3 FACTS: DIABETES

  • Diabetes within the Hispanic community has reached epidemic proportions: Almost 30% of Hispanics have diabetes
  • Cases of diabetes will more than double in the next decade
  • The death rate among Hispanics with diabetes is 1-in-4


OPPORTUNITIES FOR IMPACT

Researchers have identified behaviors and interests that will be pivotal in creating innovative healthy lives solutions.  Hispanic Americans are:

  • Loyal to brands – 23% agree it is worth paying more for a branded prescription medications rather than get a generic product
  • Invested in their health – close to half of Hispanics fall above average as an active health management scale
  • Online – the #1 online activity for Latina moms is obtaining health & wellness information
  • Actively monitoring – 34% of Hispanics agree to taking non-prescription medicine as soon as they get sick   Additionally, 28% agree that at the first sign of pain or discomfort, they take medication
  • Willing to pay – 43% Agree they’ll pay just about anything when it comes to their health


SOURCES

  • http://nbclatino.com/2012/10/01/hispanics-are-less-likely-to-see-a-doctor-says-census  
  • American Medical Assoc., Hispanic Physician Outreach Initiative Racial and Ethnic Disparities in U.S. Health Care: A Chart book. March 2008. 
  • U.S. Census Bureau , 2012 National Population Projections 
  • Experian Simmons Oneview, Fall 2013 Study.   5. CMS, The Number of Estimated Eligible Uninsured People for Outreach Targeting, updated Apr 18, 2013
  • Diabetes and Hispanic American, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health
  • Hispanics and Diabetes Fact Sheet, www.lifescan.com
  • Diabetes — U.S., State, & Metropolitan Trends 2010, http://www.altfutures.com/diabetes2025/
  • Experian Simmons Oneview, Fall 2013 Study