Hispanic/Latinos in Wisconsin
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- During the years 2001-2005, the three leading
causes of death among Hispanics/Latinos in Wisconsin were cancer, heart
disease, and unintentional injury.
- Cancer caused 19
percent of Hispanic/Latino deaths in Wisconsin, and heart disease caused 15
- Latinos in Wisconsin have lower rates of death and
hospitalization from heart disease, compared to the total Wisconsin
- In 2001-2005, the age-adjusted mortality rate from heart
disease was 80 deaths per 100,000 population among Hispanics/Latinos,
compared to 202 per 100,000 in the total Wisconsin population.
male and female Hispanics/Latinos have lower rates of heart disease
hospitalization compared to their counterparts in the total population.
- In 2001-2005, the age-adjusted cancer mortality rate for
Hispanic/Latinos was 82 deaths per 100,000 population, compared to 184 per
100,000 for the total Wisconsin population.
- Hispanics/Latinos in
Wisconsin have a higher rate of death from diabetes, compared to the total
- Hispanics/Latinos bear a disproportionate share of the
burden of HIV/AIDS in Wisconsin. Hispanic/Latinos accounted for 13.1 percent
of new cases of HIV infection in 2001-2005, while making up about 4 percent
of the total Wisconsin population.
- During the 2001-2005 period,
Hispanic/Latinos accounted for 13.1 percent of newly reported cases of HIV
infection among males and 12.9 percent of new cases among females.
Health Risk Factors3
- An estimated 24 percent of Hispanic/Latino
adults in Wisconsin smoke cigarettes, based on survey results for 2001-2005.
This was not significantly different from the percentage who reported smoking
in the total adult population (22%).
- Hispanic/Latino adults reported
levels of alcohol use similar to those reported by the total adult population
of Wisconsin. For example, the percentage of Hispanic/Latinos who reported
binge drinking (28%) was not significantly different from the percentage
reported by the total population (24%).
- Nearly half of Hispanic/Latino
adults (48%) reported they were physically inactive in terms of leisure-time
activity. This was not significantly different from the proportion reported
by the total adult population (45%).
- Nearly two-thirds of
Hispanic/Latino adults (65 percent) were overweight or obese, compared to 60
percent of the total population.
- Based on Wisconsin Family Health Survey results for
2001-2005, Hispanics/Latinos were less likely than the total population to
have health insurance at any given point in time. Seventy-seven percent of
Hispanic/Latinos, compared with 93 percent of the total Wisconsin population,
said they had some form of health insurance at the time of the survey
- Nearly one-quarter (23%) of Hispanics/Latinos
were uninsured at the time of the survey interview. This was nearly four
times the percentage uninsured in the total Wisconsin population (6%).
- Another measure of health insurance coverage is coverage over the year
preceding the survey interview (coverage over "the past year").
Nineteen percent of Hispanic/Latinos were uninsured for all of the past year;
this is nearly five times the percent in the total state population (4%).
- Another 10 percent of Hispanics/Latinos had been insured for only part
of the past year, meaning they were uninsured for part of the year.
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- Minority Health Report, 2001-2005.
Additional Information About Hispanic/Latinos in Wisconsin:
- More information on Hispanic/Latino population estimates is
available from an interactive data query system,
Wisconsin Interactive Statistics on Health
(WISH), on the Wisconsin Department of Health Services site.
- A synopsis of health-related findings about Hispanic/Latinos in
Wisconsin is provided by this excerpt from the Department's Wisconsin
Minority Health Report, 2001-2005 (PDF, 25 KB).
full report is also available.
Latinos in Wisconsin: A Statistical Overview presents demographic
information on the state’s Hispanic or Latino population. The report relies
principally on data from the 2010 Census and estimates from 2010 American
Community Survey (ACS) to create a statistical portrait of Latinos in
Wisconsin and draw comparisons with Wisconsin’s total population in a series
of charts, maps, and tables. Thematically the report focuses on demographic
and socioeconomic characteristics of the Latino population such as size and
distribution, age structure, composition of households and families,
education, income and poverty, employment, housing, and health care. In a
few instances the report includes time-series data with the results of
earlier Censuses. To supplement Census and ACS data sources, the report also
draws on data from the Wisconsin Departments of Health Services and of
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April 10, 2014