In the News

Houston Public Media, 1A Across America: The Power of the Latino Vote, (April 24, 2019)

California Health Report, California Must Address a Statewide Latino Physician Shortage, (February 12, 2019)

Washington Post, Have Democrats turned the corner with Latino voters?, (December 11, 2018)

NPR, Midterm Election Turnout, (November 6, 2018)

Los Angeles Times, Connecting the dots on Brett Kavanaugh, (September 20, 2018)

Los Angeles Magazine, How Los Angeles Thrust Itself to the Forefront of National Politics, (September 14, 2018)

Press Releases

‘The Current State of the Latino Physician Workforce: California Faces a Shortfall in Latino Resident Physicians’ compares Latino residents in the four states with the largest Latino populations: California, Texas, Florida , and New York and finds that Latino resident physicians are most severely underrepresented in California.

Read the full press release here.


‘California’s Language Concordance Mismatch’ finds a troubling gap between Language-Proficient Physicians (LPP) and Limited English Proficient (LEP) individuals that speak Spanish, Tagalog, Thai, Lao, or Vietnamese, and provides highlights where these disparities exist in California by county.

Read the full press release here.


‘Latino Physician Shortage in California: The Provider Prospective’ finds that unequal backgrounds and opportunities, diverse career trajectories, and various barriers in the medical profession, such as underrepresentation of Latinos in the medical field or academic disadvantages, are creating major difficulties for Latino students seeking careers as physicians.

Read the full press release here.


‘Stemming the Rise of Latino Homelessness: Lessons from Los Angeles County’ takes a critical look at the unique experience of Latino homelessness in Los Angeles County, the jurisdiction with the largest homeless population in the U.S. 

Read the full press release here.


President pro Tempore Emeritus of the California State Senate Kevin De León joins UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs as a distinguished policymaker-in-residence and senior analyst. His role will include an advisory position with the Latino Policy and Politics Initiative (LPPI).

Read full press release here.

UCLA’s Latino Policy & Politics Initiative and the Aspen Institute Latinos and Society program will co-produce a special event, “2018 Midterm Elections & the Latino Vote,” featuring Tom Perez, Chair of the Democratic National Committee, Daniel Garza, President of the Libre Initiative, Dr. Matt Barreto, Faculty Director of LPPI, Tatiana Matta, Candidate for CA-32, and Mariana Atencio, news correspondent for MSNBC. The event’s reception will feature live entertainment from La Chamba and remarks from Frankie Negrón.

Watch a livestream of the event here.

LPPI launches the first ever analysis to evaluate the Smithsonian Institution’s progress in implementing the ten recommendations from its 1994 report on the significant underrepresentation of Latinos in the Smithsonian workforce, programming, and collections. This project, led by LPPI experts Dr. Matt Barreto, Sonja Diaz, Dr. Juan Herrera and Dr. Chon Noriega of the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center, will assess how the nation’s preeminent art and cultural institution reflects and represents Latinos as part of U.S. cultural heritage.

Read the press release here.

On June 5, 2018 California voters head to the polls to elect candidates in races for all eight statewide constitutional offices, Congress, and down the ballot. LPPI Policy Expert Dr. Matt A. Barreto and a team of policy fellows assess election returns in real-time to identify: 1) Latino Vote Choice in all eight statewide constitutional office races, the United States Senate race, and a sub-set of contested House of Representatives races, and 2) Latino Voter Turnout, with an emphasis on comparing participation in June 2018 to June 2014.

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