Hispanic Community

Cat Modlin-Jackson

In May, we brought you the story of a Mexican-American woman whose family was deeply impacted by the spread of COVID-19 in poultry plants.

Virginia has been dramatically underreporting the number of Hispanic workers collecting unemployment benefits.

The corrected data shows the economic crisis has hit the Hispanic community particularly hard.

The Heavy Toll of COVID-19 on Virginia's Latinx Community

May 29, 2020

Since the Virginia Department of Health began reporting the ethnic breakdown of coronavirus cases, data has shown a consistently disproportionate hit in Latinx communities.

But there’s more to the impact than what the numbers show.

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The number of Hispanic-owned businesses is increasing in Virginia. Although, it’s still not keeping pace with population trends.


Childhood obesity remains a problem in this country, and it’s especially serious in Hispanic communities where kids are 2-3 times more likely to be obese than their white counterparts.  Now,  a UVA scholar has won $2.7 million from the federal government to find out why.