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The Coalition was formed to serve rapidly growing Latino population in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, this population increased from 260,000 in 1990 to 436,238 in 2000. This young community (median age is 32 years), composed mostly of recent arrivals from Central and South America, encounters many barriers to adequate health care. Some of these barriers include linguistic isolation, lack of information, lack of health insurance coverage, lack of ethnically-sensitive, culturally competent programs, and lack of understanding of the U.S. medical system. Given the relatively young age of this population, our focus is on providing an educational campaign that increases cancer awareness and promotes cancer prevention and early detection which will have a profound impact on the future health of this community.


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