Latinos are a rapidly growing minority population in the United States, estimated to account for one-quarter of the U.S. population within the next fifty years. Although rapidly growing, in relation to health care, Latinos remain isolated by cultural, economic, and language barriers. Health care tools developed to reach Latinos at-risk for chronic illnesses should be culturally sound to overcome these barriers. This research focuses on the development of a culturally competent, healthy cookbook for a Latino population in Walhalla, SC. The research uses five promotoras, influential women in the Latino society, who submitted traditional recipes for modification. Recipes were modified according to accepted standards from the ADA, AHA, and NIH, and a modified cookbook was distributed to the population. Appropriateness and effectiveness were evaluated using a survey tool. Researchers concluded culturally competent care may have a positive effect on satisfaction, compliance and patient outcomes.
Click on the cookbook image below to view the full cookbook. This cookbook was created using recipes donated by the local Promotoras De Salud and adapted per ADA guidelines. Invaluable translation assistance was provided by Dr. Elizabeth Garcia. Full acknowledgments on introductory page of cookbook.