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Community Health Status Survey gauges the health of Latinos in Greater Cincinnati

May 20, 2019

DATA SUMMARY (english)DATA SUMMARY (spanish)

About every three years, the Community Health Status Survey conducts telephone interviews to learn about the health of adults in Greater Cincinnati. Once again in 2017, the survey, funded by Interact for Health, took an in-depth look at the health of the region's growing population of Latino adults.

The survey found that Latinos rated highly various aspects of their communities, such as housing, feelings of support and the availability of healthy foods. For example:

  • 8 in 10 rated their neighborhood highly as a healthy place to live.
  • 9 in 10 rated their own homes highly; 8 in 10 rated neighborhood homes highly.
  • Nearly 9 in 10 agreed it is easy to purchase healthy foods in their neighborhood.
  • More than 7 in 10 agreed that people can depend on each other in their community.
  • More than 8 in 10 Latino adults agreed they can get help from the community.
  • 9 in 10 agree that living in their community gives them a secure feeling.

Latinos adults also reported some positive changes since 2013, the last year the survey was conducted. Compared with 2013, Latino adults in 2017 were:

  • More likely to currently have health insurance.
  • Less likely to report being smokers.
  • Less likely to report having gone without health care due to cost.
  • More likely to rate Greater Cincinnati as a healthy place to live.
  • More likely to report safe sidewalks in their neighborhood.

While any changes are interesting to note, small subgroup oversamples such as the Latino oversample have a larger margin of error and are more likely to be volatile than the larger regional sample. It is important to monitor changes over time to see if the trends continue.

"Greater Cincinnati, like the nation, has a growing Latino community," said Liliana Rojas-Guyler, Associate Professor at the University of Cincinnati and Community Health Status Survey consultant. "This year's report will be useful in assessing, providing and educating about the service needs of Latinos."

The survey is available in both English and Spanish. To obtain a printed version, please contact Research Officer Susan Sprigg at or 513-458-6609.

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