A Comparison of Latino-serving and Other Health Centers

Health centers that are focused predominantly on serving Latino communities face unique challenges. Many of these communities often experience health and healthcare factors that require special attention and focus. The data presented on this page was compiled by our evaluation team, and it highlights key differences that Latino-focused health centers have when compared to health centers serving other populations. The big takeaway? There is no such thing as “one-size-fits-all” healthcare.

The visualizations below depict how Latino-serving health centers compare to other health centers nationally on key patient characteristics, access to preventive services, and health outcomes1,2. Latino-serving health centers are defined here as the top 10% of health centers in terms of the proportion of the health center’s patients who identify as Hispanic/Latino.

Which states have a high number of Latino-serving health centers?

The 5 states/territories with the greatest number of Latino-serving health centers are California (48), Texas (23), Puerto Rico (20), New Mexico (6), and Arizona (4).

Many states do not have any Latino-serving health centers.

Patient Characteristics

Latino-serving health centers face unique challenges, as they serve a significantly* higher proportion of patients who are:

    • Best served in a language other than English (56% vs. 15%)
    • At or below 100% poverty (74% vs. 64%)
    • Uninsured (34% vs. 24%)

*Significance was determined using independent samples t-tests comparing Latino-serving health centers and other health centers.

Access to Preventative Services

Certain preventative services are a key focus for many Latino-serving health centers, who have significantly higher rates of:

    • Cervical cancer screening (61% vs. 50%)
    • Colorectal cancer screening (46% vs. 40%)
    • Childhood immunization (41% 34%)

Health Outcomes

The health outcomes of these health centers have many key points of differentiation compared to other health centers. Among them, our evalutation team found that the health outcomes of Latino-serving health centers had:

  • Significantly lower hypertension prevalence (24% vs. 29%)
  • Significantly higher hypertension control (66% vs. 62%)
  • Significantly higher diabetes prevalence (17% vs. 15%)

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[1] The methodology used here is adapted from that used by partner organization AAPCHO (Association of Asian Pacific Community Organizations) in their 2019 fact sheet “The Health of Asian Americans and Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders Served at Health Centers: UDS 2018.”

[2] Data is from the Health Resources & Services Administration’s Uniform Data System and is from 2018.