Texan Hispanics: Health & Socioeconomic Profile

Texan Hispanics: Health & Socioeconomic Profile.
 A call for action.

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Several community-based organizations, in collaboration with institutional partners, under the theme Texas Unidos/Texas United, proudly present a comprehensive profile on the health and socioeconomic status of Texan Hispanics. We hope this profile strengthens and guides our shared goals to fortify the Texan public health system, including addressing the shortage and training of health professionals and enacting an integrated approach to health care and socioeconomic policies. See profile.

As a young and diverse group, Hispanics constitute a vibrant cultural, social, political, and economic force. One in five Hispanics in the U.S. live in Texas, and Hispanics account for 40.2% of the 29.5 million Texans. While immigration toward Texas has slowed in the past decade, Hispanics are still a growing and young demographic group. Over a third (34.4%) of Hispanics are under 19, and half (50.1%) are under 29.

The Texan Hispanics: Health & Socioeconomic Profile highlights our strengths and challenges to live healthy lives and contribute to the future of Texas. To realize our potential, we must ensure that Texas Hispanic communities enjoy educational and professional opportunities, obtain quality and affordable services, and achieve socioeconomic stability. 


We hope the profile helps us examine the fundamental causes of disease underlying health disparities and inequity simultaneously across multiple health issues, populations, and geographies across Texas. We also seek to demonstrate the need to address our health and social workforce supply shortage. For instance, there is only one community health worker for every 7,172 Texans and one licensed clinical social worker for every 3,373 Texans.


“We look forward to working with community, health, and policy leaders across Texas on developing public policies to increase health access, key protections, fair socioeconomic opportunities, health equity, and dignity for the benefit of all Texans,” stated Guillermo Chacón, President of the Latino Commission on AIDS and founder of the Hispanic Health Network.

The Latino Commission on AIDS led this important project through its Institute for Latinx Health Equityour community-driven research and innovation program, and Latinos in the South, in collaboration with AIDS Outreach Center (AOC)Borderland Rainbow Center (BRC)Fundación Latino Americana de Acción Social (FLAS)the Hispanic Health NetworkProject CHAMPS (Community Action Health Access & Multi-Program Services), the San Antonio AIDS Foundation (SAAF), and the Valley AIDS Council.


The Latino Commission on AIDS would like to thank Gilead Sciences for funding this project and reaffirming its commitment to creating healthier communities.

About the Latino Commission on AIDS  

The Latino Commission on AIDS’s mission is to improve and expand access to quality and appropriate health care to address HIV, viral hepatitis, STI prevention, and other health challenges faced by the diverse communities we serve, as well as promote research, treatment, and support services by and for Hispanic/Latinx.

The Commission is the leading organization coordinating the National Hispanic Hepatitis Awareness Day(May), the National Latino AIDS Awareness Day (October 15), Zero Homophobia (May), Zero Transphobia (November), Latinos in the South, and other prevention, research, capacity building, and health advocacy programs across the United States and its territories. The Commission is also the founder of the Hispanic Health Network, which is dedicated to addressing health disparities

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