As communities become more and more diverse, obstacles to health and wellbeing created
by language and cultural differences emerge. Finding ways to improve the availability
of health services and eliminate health disparities for an increasingly diverse
and mobile community is a commitment of the Binational/Cross Cultural Health Enhancement
Center (BiCCHEC) at IUPUI.
Since 1980, Indiana’s Latino population has grown by 400 percent. And projections show the numbers continuing to rise over the next 10-15 years. This situation provides
Indiana with a special opportunity. Because its Latino population is still relatively small, the state has time to create culturally, financially sound, just, and enriching
approaches that address the needs of a multicultural society. The BiCCHEC is taking a leadership role in promoting this opportunity through its translational research that
produces programs, training, and applications that improve the quality of life.