African American and Latino Populations
Nationwide there is a general lack of data about African American and Latino problem gambling. However, the belief that there are higher levels of problem gambling in these communities may be consistent with other health disparities data. And non-traditional, culturally-tied gambling activities -- such as underground cock fights, dog fights, underground card games, dice games, and widespread video slot machine gambling at bodegas suggest a strong need for problem gambling prevention, intervention, and treatment programs that are culturally and linguistically competent.
The Council believes that one of the best ways to reach out to Latinos and African Americans is by developing relationships with individuals and organization, and by participating in cultural events and festivities, thereby raising awareness at the community level. The Council is present at as many events as possible, from the Boston Puerto Rican Festival to the Festival de La Familia Hispana in Holyoke; offering literature and referrals for help, as well as answering questions about problem gambling programs and services.
If you are involved with a local, community-based event, and would like the Council to distribute problem gambling educational materials free of charge, please contact the Council at 617-426-4555.
Gambling is widely accepted in the Asian American community. Regional surveys indicate that Asian Americans have a higher rate of problem gambling as compared to the general population (Woo 2003, Petry 2003).
Recent immigrants are at especially high risk for gambling addiction. Facing language barriers and limited social venues, many turn to gambling to cope with stress or to seek excitement.
To address the issues, the Council began to reach out to the Asian American community in Massachusetts in 2006 and build necessary support and resources.
The goals of the Asian Initiative are:
• To build the capacity of partner organizations to treat and serve Asian American problem gamblers and their families
• To provide the Asian American community with access to the Council and its services
• To increase public awareness of problem gambling and its social impact within the Asian American community
The Council works with community organizations and treatment providers to develop and deliver culturally relevant programs and services for the Asian American community.
For more information, please call 857-383-3563. For more information, Please visit the Council's Chinese / English website.