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Professor Romero Speaks at Blue Cross Blue Shield


Presentation explains that Hispanics face growing health care disparities

Latinos are the nation's fastest growing demographic group. Latinos will spend $700 billion this year. Latinos represented between six-and-eight million votes in the 2004 presidential election and were estimated to represent the critical swing vote in six states.

These facts were revealed by Hamline Law Professor Tom Romero during his recent presentation, "Salud para todos ("Health for all"): Latinos and Health Law in the 21st Century" at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota. Professor Romero was asked to speak at Blue Cross Blue Shield by Frank Fernandez '05, vice president of government programs, as part of the company's commemoration of Hispanic Heritage Month. Professor Romero noted that "Blue Cross Blue Shield, particularly its innovative Fuerza Azul community, has been a leader when it comes to health concerns and the Latino community." Professor Romero's presentation, which explored the issue of disparities in health between racial/ethnic groups and provided concrete action steps people can take to eliminate these disparities, can be heard at http://law.hamline.edu/conversations-law-hamline-audio/salud-para-todos-health-all.html.