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Connecticut’s Low-Income Hispanic Children Use Dental Services At High Rate

Connecticut’s Low-Income Hispanic Children Use Dental Services At High Rate

Doug Maine CTLatinoNews Hispanic children from low-income families have the highest use rate for dental services – 76 percent – in the state’s HUSKY A (Medicaid) program in 2012. That was greater than the rates for African-American children (70 percent) and Caucasian children (72 percent). That data is part of a report called “Something to


CT’s “Drive Only” Licenses For Undocumented Residents A Reality Thanks To Hard Work

By Bill Sarno Beginning with the new year, hundreds of undocumented immigrants, many of whom are Hispanic, will be reporting each week to the state’s Department of Motor Vehicle offices to begin the process of obtaining a new type of state-issued driver’s license. These licenses, which are not valid for state or federal identification


Tackling Growing Substance Abuse Among Hispanics

Bill Sarno As it enters its 45th year of treating substance abuse, Hartford-based Youth Challenge of Connecticut, a faith-based nonprofit treatment facility has a critical ongoing mission, which is embedded in the demographics of substance abuse in Connecticut. While the rate of Latino substance abusers generally mirrors the state’s overall population, the number of


Young Latino Republican Wins A Surprise Victory To Become Connecticut State Representative

Bill Sarno CTLatinoNews Thoughout his teen years, or practically half his life, Aundré Bumgardner has worked in political campaigns for Republican candidates in southeast Connecticut. This year, at age 20, Bumgardner, whose describes his roots as Hispanic and African-American, decided to run for himself. He obtained his party’s nod to run for the state House


2015 Top Ten ‘New” Latino Authors’ List

By Jose B. Gonzalez CTLatinoNews t’s that time of year when releases its national ‘Top Ten Latino authors to Watch (and read) list. Led by Connecticut resident Jose B. Gonzalez, it features fiction, an autobiography and biographies and poetry. Gonzalez is a professor of literature at the Coast Guard Academy in New London, he


Lt. Col. Lesbia Nieves — a Latina officer with distinction

Jennifer Supernaw Lt. Col. Lesbia Nieves says the most important thing she has learned from serving in the military is “If you dream and dream big, anything is possible.” Now, Nieves is the first Hispanic woman to serve as Lieutenant Colonel in the Connecticut Army National Guard and has recently received another prestigious honor.