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Press Release: Congressman Keith Ellison (MN-5) & Congresswoman Hilda Solis (CA-32) to host Hispanic Community Health Care Forum in Minneapolis

Ellison to host Hispanic Community Health Care Forum

With Special Guest

Congresswoman Hilda L. Solis (D-CA)

Chair, Congressional Hispanic Caucus Task Force on Health and Environment

Member, Subcommittee on Health – Energy and Commerce Committee

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Keith Ellison (D-Minneapolis) will host a Hispanic Community Health Care Forum with Special Guest, Congresswoman Hilda Solis on Monday, June 2, 2008 from 6-8 P.M. at the Allina Commons, Midtown Exchange (Minnesota Room)

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are now more than 47 Million Americans without health insurance – up 2 Million from last year – with children making up more than a quarter of the increase.

Minnesotans are known as some of the healthiest Americans, yet even here 8.5% of our population lives without a health care safety net – that’s almost 440,000 – and the numbers are increasing. That’s 440,000 too many!

And, unfortunately, the Minnesota Department of Health indicates that despite the overall health status of the state, communities of color (African Americans, Asians, and Hispanics) and American Indians continue to experience poorer health and disproportionately higher rates of illness and death.

In particular, Latinos/Hispanics are less likely to have health insurance; children are less likely to be immunized; youth are more likely to be victims of violence; as a population experience higher rates of AIDS/HIV; and individuals are more likely to die from diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

ü Thirty-six percent of Hispanics are uninsured, compared with 22% of African Americans, 17% of Asian/Pacific Islanders and 13% of Whites, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation’s most recent analysis of census data.

ü According to the Minnesota Department of Health, the Latino teen birth rate for the state is higher than all other racial ethnic groups for both Minnesota and U.S. teen births. In 2004, (per 1000 females age 15-19 years old) 11.5% Hispanic/Latino teens gave birth, compared to 1.7% Whites.

ü The growing burden of diabetes affects everyone in Minnesota, but disproportionately affects People of Color and American Indians who die younger from diabetes. Approximately 30% of Hispanic/Latino American diabetes deaths occur before age 65, compared to 17% among non-Hispanic Whites.

ü The 1998 Minnesota Student Survey indicates that the percent of Latina girls who have ever attempted suicide is 19.9% -- (6th, 9th and 12th graders) considerably higher than White girls (11.9%).

We can and we must do better! We start with awareness and prevention. Join us at this Hispanic Health Care Forum towards a healthier, more involved and informed dialogue for our children and families.

WHAT: Hispanic Community Health Care Forum

WHO: Congressman Keith Ellison

Congresswoman Hilda Solis, Chair, Congressional Hispanic Caucus Task Force on Health and Environment; Member, Subcommittee on Health – Energy and Commerce Committee

WHEN: Monday, June 2, 2008 – 6-8 P.M.

WHERE: Allina Commons, Midtown Exchange (Minnesota Room) 2925 Chicago Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55407

Informative Health Care Fair Participants (in formation) Invited:

· American Cancer Society – Health Disparities Office

· Hennepin County Veterans Services

· Minnesota Department of Health – Office of Minority & Multicultural Health

· Minnesota Breast Cancer Coalition

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