Cultural, Social, and Historical Factors Influencing Latino Men’s Health

Authored by: Jason Daniel-Ulloa , India J. Ornelas , Alejandra Escoto

Men’s Health Equity

Print publication date:  May  2019
Online publication date:  April  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138052963
eBook ISBN: 9781315167428
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315167428-28

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Abstract

Although disparities exist across the spectrum of health for Latino men, much of the current research has focused on a handful of health conditions. In the United States, public health approaches to health disparities are typically driven by biomedical theories and frameworks (Glanz & Bishop, 2010; Glanz, Rimer, & Viswanath, 2008). Yet, these approaches have failed to adequately address disparities experienced by Latino men. This failure is partly due to an emphasis in public health theory on intra- and interpersonal levels of the Social Ecological Model, rather than factors at the organizational, community, and policy levels (Abraído-Lanza, Echeverría, & Florez, 2016). Additionally, and although often ignored, the history of racism and gender socialization is critical to understanding and addressing health disparities among Latino men. The purpose of this chapter is to describe patterns of health and mortality among Latino men and the cultural, social, and historical factors that lead to health disparities.

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