Policy Briefs

2021 State of Latinx Oral Health Brief

LCHC explores the current landscape of Oral Health among Latinx children and families in California. The brief provides policy opportunities to increase access to oral health coverage and increase oral health outcomes. Here are some key findings:

  • 72% of Latinx children experience higher rates of cavities vs. 48% of white children.

  • With only 31.6% of Latinos insured through an employer, low-income and non-citizen immigrant workers have lower job-based health coverage rates than other racial and ethnic groups.

  • Poor oral health for the Latinx children prolongs into adulthood impacting 55% of Latinx adults ages 20-64 , resulting in permanent teeth loss compared to 49% of their white adults.

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2021 State of Latinx Nutrition Brief

Find out more about the current state of Latinx children’s nutrition and the policy implications in California.

  • In May 2020, California had the highest projected number (2.1 million) of newly food insecure individuals due to COVID-19 in the country, bringing the total number of food-insecure people in the state to 6.4 million.

  • Between February and July 2020, the percentage of Latinx households with children who reported food insecurity rose from 16.8% to 47%.

  • During the pandemic, CalFresh experienced a substantial increase in program enrollment, from 4.1 million enrolled in February 2020 to 4.8 million enrolled in June 2020. However, despite the increased participation, 800,000 food-insecure Californians still reported lacking connection to nutrition safety net programs.

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LCHC Policy Brief Archive

For the past decade, LCHC has served as a hub for Latinx focused health policy research and information. This archive contains our health policy briefs stemming back to the early 2000’s. Check out our work:

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Community Data

2020 Community Priorities Brief

By working side by side with Latinx community leaders (e.g. Promotores/Community Health Workers) and employing community-based participatory research (CBPR) practices, LCHC is working toward more inclusive ways to collect and share data in the interest of meaningful policy change. This information is what we refer to as “community data”—research in community, by community, for community.

2019 Latinx Experiences Accessing Healthcare Brief

LCHC partnered with the CA Pan Ethnic Health Network (CPEHN) in 2019 to learn more about the experiences of Latinx individuals and caregivers in accessing quality, culturally and linguistically appropriate care. LCHC recruited Latinx community members living in the Central California and San Diego regions. Participants had health coverage, used or had a family member who had used health care in the past year, were over 18 years old, self-identified as Latinx, and were available to participate at the designated time and place of the focus groups.