In this special issue of the Journal of General Internal Medicine, the Network for Multicultural Research on Health and Healthcare, comprised of researchers from research institutions around the country, examine health care disparities affecting the Latino population in the United States. The Latino population is the nation's largest minority group estimated at 47 million in 2008 and is expected to make up 30 percent of the U.S. population by 2050. Researchers examine the many chronic diseases affecting this population which they present will be critical to the health care debate and reform initiatives.

This special supplement, Confronting Health Inequities in Latino Health Care, examines health and health care topics affecting Latinos in the United States and includes research on hypertension, diabetes, health insurance coverage, discrimination, quality of care, spirituality, preventive care and other health and health care-related issues. It is hoped that this research will be used to inform the policy debate around health reform that impacts this special-needs population.