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National Research Council (US) Committee on Population; Iannotta JG, editor. Emerging Issues in Hispanic Health: Summary of a Workshop. Washington (DC): National Academies Press (US); 2002.

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Emerging Issues in Hispanic Health: Summary of a Workshop.

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The National Academy of Sciences has a long-standing tradition and continuing responsibility to promote a national dialogue on race based on the best behavioral and social science research. For example, America Becoming: Racial Trends and Their Consequences (National Research Council, 2001) confronted contentious race-related issues by evaluating research in highly controversial areas such as welfare, racial stratification and disparities, and criminal justice, making important recommendations for the future.

As a part of its continuing commitment to produce scholarly work to inform a national dialogue and improved policies on race, the Center for Social and Economic Studies convened a planning meeting on Hispanics in the United States on July 30, 2001. This meeting confirmed that the time is ripe for a scientific review of the recent past experience of Hispanic Americans. The consensus of the attendees at this planning meeting was that an in-depth study of the status of Hispanic Americans was much needed, that it should be comprehensive, and that it should cover a broad array of arenas, including health, education, labor, poverty, immigration, political participation, crime, language, and social and cultural change. Participants also felt that this study should go beyond extrapolating from current trends to drawing potential implications of current knowledge.

In order to develop this broad-scale study on issues facing the Hispanic population in the United States, the National Research Council (NRC) convened a meeting, Emerging Issues in Hispanic Health, on April 10, 2002, to identify the set of health-related issues that should help frame the larger proposed study. The meeting brought together experts from a wide range of disciplines and provided time for discussion concerning key issues in creating opportunities and reducing barriers to Hispanic health and well-being. This meeting was supported by the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research of the National Institutes of Health, whose interest in the meeting stems from its commitment to eliminating racial and ethnic health disparities.

This workshop summary has been reviewed in draft form by individuals chosen for their diverse perspectives and technical expertise, in accordance with procedures approved by the Report Review Committee of the NRC. The purpose of this independent review is to provide candid and critical comments that will assist the institution in making its published report as sound as possible and to ensure that the report meets institutional standards for objectivity, evidence, and responsiveness to the study charge. The review comments and draft manuscript remain confidential to protect the integrity of the process. We wish to thank the following individuals for their review of this report: Frank D. Bean, Center for Research on Immigration, Population, and Public Policy, University of California at Irvine; L. Beth Dixon, Department of Nutrition and Food Studies, New York University; and Donald J. Hernandez, Department of Sociology, University at Albany, State University of New York.

Although the reviewers listed above provided many constructive comments and suggestions, they were not asked to endorse the final draft of the report before its release. The review of this report was overseen by Charles B. Keely of the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. Appointed by the NRC, he was responsible for making certain that an independent examination of the report was carried out in accordance with institutional procedures and that all review comments were carefully considered. Responsibility for the final content of this report rests entirely with the authors and the institution.

Many individuals deserve recognition for their contributions to the meeting and this report. E. Richard Brown, Donald J. Hernandez, Raynard Kington, Alberto Palloni, Jane Ross, and Marta Tienda gave considerably of their time to plan the meeting. Brown and Ross also provided feedback on the first draft of the meeting summary and offered many insightful comments that significantly improved the manuscript.

Several staff members also made significant contributions to the meeting and the report. Ana-Maria Ignat deserves special recognition for her assistance in ensuring that the meeting ran smoothly and successfully and that the report met its production deadlines. Joah Iannotta served as research associate for the project, assisting with development of the agenda and drafting of the report. Barbara Bodling O'Hare's editing skills provided the polish to complete the report, and Kirsten Sampson Snyder ensured that the report traversed all the right steps toward publication. The project took place under the general direction of Jane L. Ross and Barney Cohen. We thank them for their efforts.

Jane Menken

Chair, Committee on Population

Copyright © 2002, National Academy of Sciences.
Bookshelf ID: NBK43573


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