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The regional center will test new strategies such as the idea of “food prescriptions,” or affordable grocery delivery accompanied by meal plans tailored to Latino culture. (Photo/Shutterstock)

USC and CHLA win $24.5 million NIH grant to establish center aimed at improving Latino health across Southern California

The Southern California Center for Chronic Health Disparities in Latino Families and Children will focus on reversing obesity and obesity-related chronic diseases in Latinos with culturally sensitive solutions.

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Latino patients had starkly higher odds of a positive COVID-19 test — as well as higher odds of hospitalization and death — than white patients, a USC study finds. (Illustration/iStock)

Latinos are more likely to die from COVID-19, underlining racial and ethnic disparities in outcomes

Though the study of racially diverse Medicaid patients indicated disproportionate risk among Latinos, USC researchers say it can’t be explained by higher rates of poverty or underlying health factors like obesity.