Health Disparity

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Individuals from a wide range of population is affected by fear in regards to the decisions they take daily concerning their health and daily living. This article has specifically shown the relationship between lack of health-related initiatives and underlying fear in the Hispanic community. The article also shows the three factors that affects the relationship between fear and health which are: Cost, Language, Discrimination and Cultural disconnect.

Cost is the problem that many Americans face. The cost of adequate health is seen as not worth the sacrifice one should make to survive on a daily basis compared to food, water and electricity. Hispanic Americans face language barriers and immigration status which brings about discrimination- this is the reality that the Hispanics face because of migrating to the United States and living as Hispanic Americans. Using medicinal herbs or other prescription medication to treat health problems is the difference in cultural practices which is the cultural disconnect described in the article. I strongly agree that structural violence perpetuates health disparity, the idea is a very realistic one that is often experienced in our society and it is the underlying root of inequality- it “allows the rich to get richer undermining the poor”. (Page-Reeves et al, 2011). The aspect that is most disturbing in this concept is the vicious cycle which makes it very difficult for the poor to emerge from. According to this study, one individual’s quote stuck out as he properly described the prevailing issues when it comes to structural violence and diabetes, he said “ Although diabetes may kill you someday, it is not going to kill you today”. (Page-Reeves et al, 2011).

The article is summarized by this quote because it accurately describes how medical issues or concerns is viewed by the Hispanic population, “not a priority” that’s how they see it. The fear along with neglected priorities described in the article, shows why diabetes continues to be a widespread issue in the Hispanic population. It is important for us as nurses to educate and encourage these individuals about the importance of getting care and the availability regardless of the resources.


Page-Reeves, J., Niforatos, J., Mishra, S., Regino, L., Gingrich, A., & Bulten, J. (2011). Health Disparity and Structural Violence: How Fear Undermines Health Among Immigrants at Risk for Diabetes. Journal of Health Disparities Research and Practice, 6, 30. Retrieved from…

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