“Health experts, including Milwaukee Health Commissioner Jeanette Kowalik, have attributed the numbers to historic, economic, and environmental factors that put black people at higher risk of chronic conditions such as asthma, heart disease, hypertension and diabetes.
Studies by the United Health Foundation show that Latinos face comparable risks. Both communities experience rates of hypertension and diabetes higher than Wisconsin's white population.
Will Milwaukee’s Latinos face a similar fate to many of its black residents? Dr. Stephanie Rivera Berruz, a professor at Marquette who studies race and systemic oppression, says yes.
"We should anticipate that the Latino community will be disproportionately affected by virtue of the fact that they have disproportionate access to health care, similar types of comorbidity factors, as well as socioeconomic conditions, all also foiled by the added dimensions of people that are undocumented and just share general distrust with the healthcare establishment," Rivera Berruz says.
Rivera Berruz says studies also show that the types of employment prevalent in the Wisconsin Latino community puts them at a higher risk of contracting the virus. We're talking about a population that probably does not have the privilege of staying at home,” she says.” - WUWM
On Wednesday, Mayor Tom Barrett announced that the 53215 ZIP code on Milwaukee's south side is one of three areas in the city with a disproportionate