The launch of a New Jersey Latino Health Institute is being hailed as the spear-point organization that will have as its mission the elimination of health disparities among the state’s 1.5 million Latinos.

Organizers maintain that while Latinos contribute over $45 billion to New Jersey’s economy, they face barriers to access to quality healthcare and as a result are more likely to suffer higher rates of chronic disease and morbidity than non-minorities.

They believe there is a need to develop a medical professional workforce to service Latinos, a need for improved statewide data collection on Latino health issues and a need to provide access to healthcare for recent immigrants. Read More