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Network for Multicultural Research on Health and Healthcare and
Confronting Inequities in Latino Health Care, A Supplement to J Gen Intern Med

The Network for Multicultural Research on Health and Healthcare is a research initiative funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and based within the Department of Family Medicine at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine. The Network comprises distinguished faculty from several US universities. By using national and regional survey databases, The Network’s aim is to conduct secondary analyses to identify factors affecting inequities in access and quality of healthcare for Latino and American Indian/Alaska Native populations.

The goals of the Network in producing this Supplement of the Journal of General Internal Medicine, entitled Confronting Inequities in Latino Health Care, are twofold: 1) to feature new information derived from the second wave of the national Pew Hispanic‐RWJF Latino Health Survey; and 2) to feature the work of the Network’s investigators and other national experts on healthcare disparities affecting the Latino population and sub-populations.

Six of the nine articles in the Supplement used the Pew Hispanic‐RWJF Latino Health Survey, which was designed to adequately sample subgroups usually underrepresented, such as undocumented and other Latino immigrants, in other national health and healthcare surveys. The database from this survey contains an adequate sample to present information on quality of care among Spanish speakers and other Latinos with chronic medical conditions. In addition, Network investigators utilized datasets including the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), and the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS). The range of topics covered in the Supplement includes: Latino perceptions in healthcare, effects of discrimination on access and quality of care, effect of usual source of care on chronic disease control and management, utilization behaviors, and access to a patient‐centered medical home.

The timing of this special issue is pertinent to the national healthcare debate and pending legislation. Results of these analyses should be highly considered, especially in deliberations concerning the intent to exclude undocumented immigrants and legal resident immigrants with less than 5 years in the United States from eligibility for coverage in any reformed healthcare program.

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Support for this program was provided by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation ® Princeton, New Jersey