The Hispanic population in Colorado has had historically higher rates of health issues and lack of access to coverage and health services. From diabetes to obesity and lack of prenatal care, Hispanics have been able to benefit the most from getting access to healthcare through the Affordable Care Act. In Colorado Springs, the picture of this particular demographic was a bit worse as compared to the rest of the state. Since opening our doors, Value Care Health Clinic has been able to serve these people with primary care, some for the first time in their lives.
Hispanic Demographic Overview
The demographic that we are targeting has lots of challenges to overcome as a population and has the farthest to go once getting access to healthcare. Even after getting access, there are many issues adjusting the mindset of those used to going to the ER instead of a primary care provider that they can now get access to.
Families living in poverty and the Hispanic community in EPC are geographically concentrated in Southeast Colorado Springs (SE CS) where 16 – 42% of families live below the FPL and 21 – 46% of the population is Hispanic. The neighborhoods in SE CS are geographically isolated, disparately served and inundated by negative indicators for health.
The 80916 zipcode, specifically, has some particularly distressing statistics:
- 26–50 % of families with income below FPL, including situational and generational poverty
- 11–15% unemployment
- Coupled with neighboring 80910 where Value Care Health Clinic is located, highest enrollment in
- Medicaid and greatest ER utilization
- Extremely limited health services including zero primary care providers (until now)
- Disproportionately high incidence of youth violence
Medicaid Impact on Hispanic Population
Since Medicaid was made available to a bigger majority of people in 2013, 4.2 million Latinos have gained coverage in the United States. Because Colorado is one of the states with an expanded Medicaid policy, those people are moving here to take advantage of that:
- About 22 percent of Coloradans are Hispanic, up from 17 percent in 2000. By 2040, the Hispanic community will make up a third of the Colorado population, according to the State Demography Office.
- Hispanic adults face high rates of obesity. About 31 percent are obese compared with 19 percent of white adults.
- 19.8% of county enrolled in Medicaid
Value Care Health Clinic’s Patient Demographic Overview
Value Care Health Clinic has seen a large improvement in the health of its patients, both those who are Hispanic and those who are not. As we continue to grow and offer more services, we will see a huge improvement in the health of Hispanics, both at our clinic, and across Colorado.
To give a brief picture, here are the demographics of patients at Value Care Health Clinic.
- VCHC current panel is currently 93% Medicaid
- 51% are Minorities (41% Latino)
- 1-3 4.9%
- 4-7 6.9%
- 8-12 6.9%
- 21-35 38.4%
- 36-50 23.8%
- 51-65 17.1%
- 66-80 1.9%
- 81-95 0.2%