Medical providers work to help Oklahoman’s Hispanic community

Heart disease, cancer and diabetes are among the leading causes of death among Hispanics. Doctors say prevention is key. That’s why Integris Health is working to provide better access to preventative care in Hispanic communities in Oklahoma. They offer classes teaching the importance of good health and good nutrition. “With this, we have broken the first and very important obstacle, education,” said Carmen Romo. , Hispanic Outreach Manager at Integris Community Benefit. It doesn’t stop at education. Mobile, free clinics travel to predominantly Hispanic neighborhoods with interpreters breaking the language barrier. “We can see the change in the patient after their appointment,” Romo said. “They feel comfortable. They understand everything the healthcare professional is saying. “Often, without this preventative care, doctors say complications can be serious if you have a condition like diabetes.” is a disease of the eye fundus due to diabetes,” said Dr. Tomas Owens, chairman of medical staff at Integris Baptist Medical Center. The federal government’s Office of Minority Health says more Hispanics are not insured than any other racial or ethnic group. In the United States, the 2020 census showed that just under 50% of Hispanics had private health insurance, compared to nearly 74% of non-Hispanic whites. Integris Health said that economic barriers played a major role. They partner with other organizations in the state to connect Hispanic Oklahomans to free or low-cost health care. “We have our own free or accessible clinic in Mount Olive t on 10th Street,” Owens said. “In addition, Variety Care at a federally subsidized clinic supports income adjusted to the person’s financial situation.” Experts say Hispanic people have higher rates of obesity, which leads to many increased health risks. origins, traditions. But at the end of the day, we’re all affected by similar illnesses, and it’s important that we support each other to make things better,” Owens said.

Heart disease, cancer and diabetes are among the leading causes of death among Hispanics.

Doctors say prevention is key. That’s why Integris Health is working to provide better access to preventative care in Hispanic communities in Oklahoma.

They offer classes teaching the importance of good health and good nutrition.

“With this, we broke the first and very important hurdle, education,” said Carmen Romo, Hispanic Outreach Manager at Integris Community Benefit.

It doesn’t stop at education. Mobile, free clinics travel to predominantly Hispanic neighborhoods with interpreters breaking the language barrier.

“We can see the change in the patient after their appointment,” Romo said. “They feel comfortable. They understand everything the health provider says.”

Often, without this preventative care, doctors say complications can be serious if you have a condition like diabetes.

“Need for dialysis, loss of feet or toes and decreased vision due to retinopathy, which is a disease of the back of the eye due to diabetes,” said Dr. Tomas Owens, chair of medical staff at Integris Baptist Medical Center.

The federal government’s Office of Minority Health says more Hispanics are uninsured than any other racial or ethnic group in the United States. The 2020 census showed that just under 50% of Hispanics had private health insurance, compared to nearly 74% of non-Hispanic whites.

Integris Health said economic barriers play a major role. They partner with other organizations in the state to connect Hispanic Oklahomans to free or low-cost health care.

“We have our own free or adapted clinic in Mount Olivet on 10th Street,” Owens said. “In addition, Variety Care at a federally subsidized clinic provides care with income adjusted to the person’s financial situation.”

Experts say Hispanics have higher rates of obesity, which leads to many increased health risks.

“We all have different shades, colors, backgrounds, traditions. But at the end of the day, we’re all affected by similar illnesses, and it’s important that we support each other to make things better,” Owens said.

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