We envision a future where health disparity is eliminated and optimal health and well-being is assured for the Latino community.
To empower Latino physicians through education, advocacy, and health policy to support their efforts to eliminate health disparity, promote and optimize health, and quality of life for Latinos.
Our History + Purpose
LPOC was established in 2011 to address concerns that while Latinos will represent the largest ethnic group in California by 2014, access to the positive social determinants in life have continued to elude them. LPOC noticed a pattern of inequity across income and poverty; health status and disparity; and educational access, attainment and dropout rates—all measurements of well-being and social standing of Latinos. While LPOC’s core purpose is rooted, governed and influenced by the needs of Latino physicians, making a difference requires considering what has made them successful, imparting those keys to success to future Latino physicians, and finding ways to support all Latino physicians and their affiliates in the effort to eliminate health disparity, promote and optimize health, and the quality of life for Latinos.
The Latino Physicians of California is a member organization. The base funding of the organization is derived from physician annual dues. Grants and/or donations support LPOC projects. It is our belief we can help Latino physicians to complete the myriad of activities they must accomplish in the health care setting, at home and in their efforts to be supportive to their communities. The health environment is changing rapidly and to the extent that we support Latino physicians we will continue to assure a loyal following and create and maintain a network of support for Latino communities.
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Message from the Chair
Healthcare delivery is at a crossroads with new mandates, new research, and new technology – all designed to help people live a fuller and healthier life.
At the same time, the number of Latinos in California has increased dramatically to almost 40 percent of the population and more than half of elementary school students in California are Latino.
In 2011, the California Medical Board reported that 3,765 physicians of the 96,000 licensed physicians in California self reported as Latino, indicating a major disparity between the size of the Latino population and the makeup of the physician workforce.
Physicians dedicated to the quality of healthcare service for all Californians joined together in 2011 to form Latino Physicians of California (LPOC), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Our goal is to support Latino physicians, improve Latino health, and help solve major healthcare challenges facing our State.
We invite everyone interested in improving the health of Californians to become a member of LPOC.
José A. Arévalo, M.D.