Exploring The Role of Social Relationships In Hispanic Health

UArizona News

A well-established concept in health literature, the Hispanic Health Paradox refers to the fact that Hispanics and Latinos tend to have similar or better survival rates and health outcomes than non-Hispanic whites, despite being more likely to face greater health and socioeconomic risk factors such as lower incomes, harsher job conditions and lack of access to quality care. The power of social support might also help explain why Hispanics and Latinos often have better disease outcomes than non-Hispanic whites, says Dr. John Ruiz, who studies a phenomenon known as the Hispanic Health Paradox.