Indiana’s Latino population has increased by 80 percent in the last decade. This is causing health care workers to change how they have traditionally approached patient care. Latinos are the country’s third largest population.
Indiana Business Research Demographer Matt Kinghorn says a lot of the population growth is happening in landlocked states like Indiana.
“We’re really seeing some of the higher population growth numbers in states that aren’t the traditional entry ports for Hispanic population,” he says.
Approximately 400,000 Latinos live in Indiana. Volunteers in Medicine, groups that help people who do not have insurance get access to care, Latinos are the second largest population they serve. Executive Director Elizabeth Thompson says they’ve seen an overall 8 percent increase since last year.
“Because there is that high percentage and a significant number of Latinos who do not speak English the best medical care can only be provided when you have appropriate communication and it needs to be clear and concise and understandable,” Thompson says.
It is important that native language is spoken within the medical setting is very important to us to provide to the Latino patients.