ItemLatinos and COVID-19 in Texas: A Social Determinants Perspective(2022-11) Parra-Medina, Deborah, PhD; Calderon de Leon, Evelin; Vanegas, Carolina; McDaniel, Marisol, DrPHThis report focuses on the Latino population in Texas and their experiences with COVID-19. We explore the social determinants of health that are critical to understanding the spread of COVID-19 across populations. We briefly explore factors that lead to severe COVID-19 illness and possible death, including the age of the population, the existence of underlying health conditions, and access to health care. We conclude with recommendations for public policies and further research needed to address the health inequities laid bare by the COVID-19 crisis. ItemHow Stressed are Health Providers During the Pandemic?(2021-07) Salgado de Snyder, V. Nelly, PhDThe global COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically affected daily life, most especially among healthcare workers and providers (HCWPs). Characterized by a seemingly endless number of new COVID-19 cases and a high death toll, the ongoing pandemic has negatively affected HCWPs in the workplace and at home, especially those serving socially disadvantaged populations. In this brief, the Latino Research Institute outlines recommendations for organizations to protect the mental health and well-being of HCWPs who are exposed to extreme circumstances. ItemHousing Affordability: The Impact of Single-Family Investment Purchases on Neighborhoods in the Latino Crescent(2019-05) Amaro, Gabriel, PhDDespite efforts to address housing affordability, the Austin area continues to experience record housing cost increases and the displacement of residents due to these increases. In this brief, the Latino Research Institute examines how cheaper housing stock in the area of Austin known as the Latino crescent may be targeted by real estate investors and how investor attention may foster a cycle of housing cost increases. ItemHousing Affordability in Austin Brings New Attention to Mobile Home Parks(2017-11) Amaro, Gabriel, PhDWhile steady job growth has made Austin a desirable migration destination, the resulting population growth has put a strain on housing availability and affordability. Recently, community organizations and city leaders have turned their attention to mobile home parks as a way to provide low-income households with affordable living opportunities within the city limits. In this brief, the Latino Research Institute examines the role of mobile home parks in housing affordability in the city of Austin, Texas.