The American Latino Medical Association is an organization founded by Latino medical students from Meharry Medical College. Through community service projects, A.L.M.A. is working towards eliminating the health and education disparities afflicting underserved Latino communities:
According to the Center of Disease Control the top ten leading causes of death for Latino's are:
1) Heart Disease, 2) Malignant Neoplasms, 3) Accidents, 4) Cerebrovascular Disease, 5) Diabetes Mellitus, 6) Homicide, 7) Pneumonia & Influenza, 8) Chronic Liver Disease & Cirrhosis, 9) Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, and 10) HIV.
The National Center for Education Statistics states that the Dropout rate for Latino's, as of 1997, is 25.3% (the highest in the nation). In addition, only 16.5% of Latino's attained a bachelor's degree between March 1971-1998 (the lowest in the nation).