Latinos in America cite diabetes as a top health issue for their families, and many voice concern about ability to pay for a major illness.
This poll is part of an ongoing series sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in partnership with the Harvard School of Public Health and NPR. A nationally representative sample of more than 1,400 Latinos, age 18 and over, participated in the poll.
Participants were asked to share views relating to different aspects of their communities, personal lives, health and financial situations. They were asked to identify their heritage as either Central or South American, Mexican, Cuban or Puerto Rican. When asked what health condition poses the biggest problem for their families, nearly one in five Latinos cited diabetes. In other areas, Latinos reported concerns about their employment and finances, and many said they had difficulty paying for health care and had experienced discrimination.