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Abstract Details

Activity Number: 579
Type: Contributed
Date/Time: Wednesday, August 3, 2011 : 2:00 PM to 3:50 PM
Sponsor: Social Statistics Section
Abstract - #302450
Title: Language and Immigrant Status Effects on Disparities between Hispanic and Non-Hispanic Children in Health Status and Access to Health Care
Author(s): Rosa Avila*+ and Matthew Bramlett
Companies: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Address: National Center for Health Statistics, Hyattsville, MD, 20782,
Keywords: Child Health ; Disparities ; National Survey ; Immigrant status ; Primary household language ; Hispanic children

Our objective is to estimate Hispanic/non-Hispanic (nH) white child disparities in health status and access to care and assess the extent to which disparities can be explained by household primary language and generational status. We used data from the 2007 National Survey of Children's Health, which was funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau and conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics using the State and Local Area Integrated Telephone Survey mechanism. Relative disparities between Hispanic and nH-white children for various health indicators were calculated using adjusted estimates produced by logistic regressions that controlled for socioeconomic and demographic factors, household language, and/or generational status in a series of four models. Controlling for language and generational status greatly reduces health disparities between Hispanic and nH-white children, although it does not completely eliminate all disparities showing a poorer outcome for Hispanic children. Poorer health outcomes among Hispanic children are largely influenced by that portion of the population who are immigrants in the US and/or live in non-English primary language homes.

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