Lost in Translation: Delivering Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Interventions to Hispanic Populations

  • Ivette Valenzuela Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Keywords: Hispanics, Social Determinants of Health, Culture, Linguistics, Food Systems, Education, Food Habits, Obesity, Diabetes, Health Outcomes

Abstract

Hispanics became the United States' largest minority in 2012. Lack of culturally and linguistically appropriate interventions in the Hispanic population at the health-care and community levels increases the risk of negative health outcomes, such as obesity and type 2 diabetes. Delivering nutrition education can modify cultural traditions associated with food and decrease diseases associated with food habits. Barriers faced by many Hispanics include, but are not limited to, limited English proficiency and/or immigration status. Developing interventions to improve Hispanics' health outcomes requires understanding of Hispanics' cultural values and diversity. Active recruitment and training of Hispanics into food system fields is crucial to developing and implementing culturally sensitive and language-oriented intervention.

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Author Biography

Ivette Valenzuela, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
PhD candidate, Department of Population Health Sciences (0395), Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University; 205 Duck Pond Drive; Blacksburg, Virginia 24061 USA; +1-781-330-6734.
Published
2015-08-12
How to Cite
Valenzuela, I. (2015). Lost in Translation: Delivering Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Interventions to Hispanic Populations. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, 5(4), 87-89. https://doi.org/10.5304/jafscd.2015.054.010