Latinx children and youth are disproportionately affected by a variety of health issues, such as obesity, diabetes, asthma, and depression. While healthcare is a significant predictor, social determinants of health (SDoH) such as economic stability, physical environment, food, education, and social context, are even stronger influences on these health disparities. In particular, the social factor of immigration is exacerbating the health of Latinx children.
One in four Latinx children have at least one undocumented immigrant parent. The experience around immigration has resulted in reduced utilization of healthcare, increased avoidance of social institutions, and increases in anxiety and depression in Latinx youth and children.
We seek solutions from developers who can help improve health equity for Latinx youth. HIMSS and our collaborator Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) believe the most effective approach is to have technology developers work directly with trusted community leaders and with people in the community to fully comprehend factors contributing to these health disparities.
To find out more about this exciting opportunity, please visit the HIMSS & CHLA Developer Challenge site.