The American Academy of Family Physicians and the National Hispanic Medical Association have teamed up to publish a new peer-reviewed journal aimed at improving the care of the nation's largest minority group. Caring for Hispanic Patients, an annual publication, will focus on diseases that affect Hispanics disproportionately, including diabetes, HIV and asthma. The journal's first issue was distributed to about 95,000 AAFP members and 1,000 members of the NHMA. It's available through either organization for $10. The journal also will address issues of changing demographics and linguistic competency. "America's physicians need to better understand the unique issues that affect the growing number of Hispanic patients in their practices," said Elena Rios, president and chief executive officer of the NHMA. Hispanics make up about 13.3% of the U.S. population. Nearly two-thirds of low-income, working-age Hispanics are uninsured for all or part of the year, according to the introductory editorial in the journal. -- by Michael Romano
New journal aimed at improving care of Hispanics
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