Results of recent Hispanic health survey in New Orleans
Last week, Puentes New Orleans, Committee for a Better New Orleans and the New Orleans Health Department released the results of a Hispanic health survey (“I Don’t Know Where to Go: Latino Community Health Issues in New Orleans”) in which 275 people between the ages of 25 and 40 participated. Nearly all had immigrated to New Orleans — more than half of the respondents are from Honduras. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, more than 5 percent of Orleans Parish is Hispanic or Latino.
Nearly half of the respondents had sought medical care over the last two years, while 25 percent had never received checkups from a doctor. Of those who did receive medical care, 38 percent went to community clinics and 24 percent went to emergency rooms — in most cases to receive non-emergency care.