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Puerto Rico Is Facing a Mental Health Crisis After Hurricane Maria

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After the devastation of Hurricane Maria, the road to rebuilding includes restoring power, rebuilding homes and making sure there’s clean water. But it also includes addressing a looming mental health crisis, Caitlin Dickerson writes in the New York Times, and in Puerto Rico, there may not be enough resources to address any of these problems.Hurricane Maria tore through Puerto Rico on September 20th, bringing with it ‘violent winds and screeching rains,’ Dickerson writes. While the storm left visible, infrastructural damage, it was also a an 72-hour assault on the Puerto Rican psyche,” she adds. Health workers are preparing for a population in ...

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Maria Mercedes Ramos – Like All Latina Mothers A Quiet Contributor To Our Community

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Many Latinos in Connecticut may not have known Doña Mercedes Ramos, also known as Mama Mercedes, but we all  know her story. It is the story of so many of our Latino families.  When you entered her home, you were welcomed with a huge sonrisa (smile) and the all-important question;  Ya comiste? Have you already eaten? Her warm and huge heart reminded you of your own Mama. She loved música típica de los dias de ante (music from the old days) and often belted out the words she had memorized over the years.  She first came to Connecticut from Puerto Rico in the early ...

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Speaking Spanish At Home Has Declined Among U.S. Latinos In The Past Decade


The share of U.S. Latinos speaking español at home has gone down in the last 10 years, according to an analysis of Census Bureau data by Pew Research Center.

In 2015, 73 percent of U.S. Hispanics spoke Spanish at home, which is down from 2006 when 78 percent spoke the language.

While the share of Latinos who speak Spanish at home has declined, there are more Hispanics speaking Spanish in the U.S. because the population has increased. More than 37 million Hispanics speak Spanish in the U.S. and Spanish is still the most common non-English language spoken in U.S. homes.

Fifty-seven percent of Spanish-speaking Latinos are concentrated in California, Texas ...

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