Boyle Heights: A Brief Demographic and Health Profile

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In this report, Professor Ali Modarres, a nationally recognized geographer and demographer, examines the demographic landscape and health care utilization of the community of Boyle Heights. Focusing on the years between 2000 and 2010, Dr. Modarres found an increase in the median age of the community, a decline in the number of younger population, and a reduction in the number of households with their own children under the age of 18. Pointing to these findings, he suggests that Boyle Heights is following the observed aging pattern in the metropolitan area, a demographic phenomenon requiring policy attention. In focusing on health and healthcare issue, this report illustrates that: (1) Latinos in Boyle Heights and throughout Los Angeles County utilize medical facilities in the same proportion as their population; (2) younger Boyle Heights residents are much less likely to use these facilities than their population share; (3) Medi-Cal is the predominant form of payment, although as the population ages, the Medicare population is likely to rise; and (4) local facilities, particularly White Memorial Hospital and County-USC are the main sources of care for Boyle Heights residents. As these institutions go, so goes health care for Boyle Heights.

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Pat Brown Institute Reports

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