Latino Doctor Lauded for Work with Community, Patients

J. Emilio Carrillo

J. Emilio Carrillo

Dr. J. Emilio Carrillo has spent his career breaking down healthcare barriers for New York residents.

Carrillo, a researcher and clinician at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Weill Cornell Medical College, infuses a cultural competency approach in the care of individual patients.

Now his approach is being honored.

Carrillo will be given the American Medical Association Foundation’s 2015 Excellence in Medicine Award-Pride in the Profession on June 5, 2015, in Chicago.

The award recognizes physicians who exemplify the medical profession’s highest values: commitment to service, community involvement, altruism, leadership and dedication to patient care.

Carrillo does just that.

His strategy uses a patient-based, cross-cultural approach that helps bridge cultural barriers in the care of individual patients by recognizing and addressing the three cultures in the exam room: patient, provider and biomedical cultures.

He pays attention to language and health literacy as the provider applies skills to explore the patients’ meaning and environmental context in order to negotiate mutually agreeable plans of care. The development of plans of care in the setting of care coordination and care management also require the same attention to the patient’s unique social and cultural perspective.

Population health programs, according to his approach, must also be based on community needs assessments that consider the population’s social and cultural characteristics.

He applies this strategy in the clinic and community-based research.

He’s worked on many studies, such as examining the effectiveness of patient navigation for Latino cancer survivors, as leader of the northeast region of Redes En Acción, a national Latino cancer research network funded by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and led by the Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR) at the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, the team behind SaludToday.

“Dr. Carrillo has dedicated his career to leading the medical community and others in cultural competency and improving community health,” said Dr. Amelie G. Ramirez, director of Redes and the IHPR.


Cities with Large Latino Populations Fared Badly in Recent Report

According to a new report by the American College of Sports Medicine, Washington, DC is the fittest city in the country.

The report took into account two broad measures of public health: such as prevalence of diabetes and smoking and the average consumption of fruits and vegetables by city residents.

They also looked at the access citizens had to bike lanes, public parks and farmer’s markets.

Cities with large Hispanic populations fared badly. Phoenix, with a Latino population of more than 40 percent placed 37th and San Antonio, Texas with a population of more than 50 percent Latino placed 47th.

“When you take in huge swaths of metro areas, it can hide huge disparities. These are wonderful wake-up calls for communities at the bottom of the list, but they should not be reason for complacency at the top of the list,” Jeffrey Levi, Trust for America’s Health executive director told USA Today.

Read more here.

#SaludTues Tweetchat 1p ET 05/26/15: Rising Latinos: Paving the Way in Tech + Health

More Latinos (13%) are “smartphone dependent” than whites non-Hispanic (4%) according to a report by  the Pew Research Center. And most Latinos use their smartphones to search for health related issues than any other ethnicity in the U.S.

The advent of technology and digital media has revolutionized the way we live  in the 21st century. TweetChat#SaludTues

Does technology and media have the power to help us lead healthier lives?  And what does this advent mean for the Latino community?

Join the discussion this coming Tuesday, May 26 as we converse with Open Ideo and Julie Diaz Asper.

  • WHAT: #SaludTues Tweetchat:
  • DATE: Tuesday, May 26, 2015
  • TIME: Noon CST (1:00 PM ET)
  • WHERE: On Twitter with hashtag #SaludTues
  • HOST: @SaludToday
  • CO-HOSTS:  @OpenIdeo @JulieDiazAsper

Be sure to use the hashtag #SaludTues to follow the conversation on Twitter, share your thoughts and ideas.

#SaludTues is a weekly Tweetchat about Latino health at 12p CST/1p ET every Tuesday and hosted by @SaludToday, the Latino health social media campaign for the team at the Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR) at The UT Health Science Center at San Antonio.

Keeping Up with Kids’ Dental Habits During Summer

Salud Today Guest Blogger

Jefferson Dental Clinics

While summer break is most certainly a time to rest and adventure with family, disruption of regular routines and less daily supervision can have destructive effects on the dental dental healthhealth of children.

“It is important for children to learn and recognize that dental health is a year-round practice, not simply a practice for when it’s convenient,” says Dr. Leslie Townsend, DDS., Regional Dental Director at Jefferson Dental Clinics. “Summertime is a great time for parents to reinforce daily brushing and flossing habits with their kids.”

Historically high levels of tooth decay in Latino children coupled with heightened advertising of sugary beverages and ample free time, elevate the risk of forming dental cavities during the relaxed summer months.  Keeping up with kids’ dental health during the summer is important for keeping kids healthy all year long.

Families can use these tips for maintaining healthy dental habits throughout the summer:

  • Plan ahead. Keep a travel kit with an extra toothbrush, toothpaste and floss packed for impromptu overnight stays. Collapsible/travel toothbrushes are also extremely convenient for on the go.
  • Hydrate! The saliva produced from drinking water helps to rinse away harmful acid and bacteria, which can eventually lead to tooth decay.
  • Cut back on sugary drinks. Sounds easy enough, right? Latino children actually see twice the number of ads for soft drinks than their White peers. It takes as little as 30 minutes for the acid in soda to begin wearing at tooth enamel.
  • Snack smart. With less supervision during the summer, children may be easily tempted by the contents of your pantry. Keep fresh, seasonal fruits and veggies and nuts easily accessible at eye-level and in reach of little hands, you can even buy in bulk and pre-portion snacks in small sandwich bags.
  • Create reminders to help kids remember to brush twice daily. Keep a fun brush chart to track daily brushing progress or download a brushing timer ap to your mobile devices to encourage oral hygiene.
  • Make a visit to your dentist. Summer is the perfect time to schedule dental exams. It gives your dentist an opportunity to help reinforce the importance of regular brushing, flossing and give kids instructions on how to remove the most plaque possible.

Keeping up with dental habits through the summer can be as easy as planning ahead and packing healthy snacks. Summertime offers a million reasons to smile, make sure your child’s smile is as bright and healthy as can be. For more dental tips visit

Join #HIPGive2Health and Raise Funds for Latino Health Projects

Does your organization promote better health outcomes for Latinos in the U.S. or Latin America? Do you have an amazing idea for new or expanded health services, but lack start-up funds to make it a reality?hipgive2health

Raise the funds you need to make a difference in your community by creating a project on HIPGive, the first Latino-focused crowdfunding platform for nonprofits across the Americas. HIPGive is a project of Hispanics in Philanthropy, a non-profit that utilizes philanthropy as a vehicle for promoting social justice and for tackling the challenges facing Latino communities.


Starting June 9th, HIPGive, along with Kaiser Permanente and Univision, will be hosting, #HIPGive2Health contest. Nonprofit organizations can fundraise for projects that span the diverse spectrum of strategies to improve health outcomes. Whether the purpose is to decrease the prevalence of diabetes, to increase the number of Latinos with insurance, to reduce the stigma of reaching out for mental health services, or to increase access to healthier options in food deserts, your organization can raise funds for any program aimed at improving the health of Latino communities.

Fundraise on HIPGive and your organization will:

  • Access new donors and connect with Hispanics in Philanthropy (HIP)’s network of leading organizations and individuals that care about advancing Latino-focused initiatives.
  • Learn social media marketing, storytelling, and other essential skills in the continually expanding online fundraising world through webinars and ongoing support of HIP’s staff and crowdfunding experts.
  • Have the chance to win matching funds and other exciting prizes — successful groups can earn matching dollars through a $25,000 pool of matching prizes generously offered by Kaiser Permanente, as well as win a free training session by a top branding agency, or a special profile on Univision’s website!
  • See how past participants have benefited from using HIPGive.

Make your impact. Visit to start your project or learn more about this great opportunity.



New Webnovela Focuses on Preconception and Pregnancy

“40semanas … ¡y media!” (40 and a half weeks) a new webnovela will follow the lives of a young and modern Hispanic couple through the tribulations of life as they try to conceive their first baby.

The couple’s ob/ gyn will happen to be their neighbor who will offer insightful information on preconception and pregnancy.  But, the opinionated, well informed and well intentioned “suegra” will add the right amount of family drama to round up the cast.

Pregnant Woman Meeting With Nurse In Clinic

The novela will be a transmedia experience that will allow viewers to play an active role in the plot. Viewers will be able to comment on the couple’s private journal.  Each episode, characters will provide commentary and engage with the audience and share their personal pregnancy stories.  Fans will also be able to offer commentary on each episode and participate in polls as well as share their personal pregnancy journey.

“We have invested in a new format that we believe fits perfectly with the sensibility of the Hispanic audience. We offer them a family story that they can connect with, and leverage this emotional connection to communicate key health messages that, ultimately, represent BabyCenter’s vision of contributing to a world of healthy pregnancies and confident parents,” says Isidra Mencos,  Editorial Director of BabyCenter en Español and Executive Producer of the webnovela.

The producers of the series chose Lourdes Alcañiz, author of seven books, including the award-winning Waiting for Bebé: A Pregnancy Guide for Latina Moms, producer of TV news programs for several Hispanic channels, and Emmy award recipient, to write and produce the series, along with seven-time Emmy-award winning director of cinematography Luis Perea.

The trailer of “40 semanas… ¡y media!” is now live on both BabyCenter en Español and YouTube. The first four episodes of the series will be available May 19 on Baby Center en Español.

How YOU Can Help Fight Mental Health Issues, Substance Abuse among Latinos

preventio week logoLatinos can struggle with mental health issues and substance abuse, studies show.

What can be done?

Individuals and community groups can get help raise awareness about mental health issues and substance abuse, take action and promote healthy lifestyles during National Prevention Week 2015 from May 17-23, 2015.

You can:

Plan a community event. Find resources in English or Spanish.

Take a “Prevention Pledge” on Facebook. Click “Sign the Pledge” to add your brick to the wall, share a personal or community prevention story that will appear on your brick, and see how you can can make a positive difference in the lives of others.

Take a photo of yourself for the “Yo elijo”/“I Choose” Project. To participate in the “Yo elijo” (“I Choose”) Project, take a photograph of yourself holding a sign with your personal message about why substance abuse prevention or mental health is important to you. For example, you could say “I choose prevention because I want to be healthy and happy.” Send your photo to

National Prevention Week is an annual health observance supported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Learn more at SAMHSA’s English or Spanish websites.

Researchers: Apply for Career Development Awards

Are you a post-doctoral fellow or a new investigator interested in research funding opportunities?

The National Cancer Institute’s GMAP-Header(NCI’s) Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities (CRCHD) and GMaP Region 4 invites you to participate in career mentored and non-mentored research opportunities.

The deadlines to apply to the following programs are: June 12 and October 12.

NCI Mentored Research Scientist Development Award to Promote Diversity (K01)


  • Individuals with Research or Health Professional Doctoral Degree
  • 100K Salary/30K R&D; • 3 – 5 years support

NCI Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development Award to Promote Diversity (K08)


  • Individuals with Health Professional Doctoral Degree
  • 100K Salary/30K R&D; • 3 – 5 years support

NCI Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award to Promote Diversity (K23)


  • Individuals with Health Professional Doctoral Degree 
  • 100K Salary/30K R&D; • 3 – 5 years support

NCI Transition Career Development Awards to Promote Diversity (K22)


  • Individuals with Health Professional Doctoral Degree 
  • 100K Salary/50K R&D; • 3 years support

GMaP Region 4, is one of the NCI’s regional hubs—or  Transdisciplinary Geographic Management Program, regions—to build a synergistic network of investigators in basic, clinical, population, and community-based research.

Region 4 aims to enhance regional capacity in communication, recruitment, and evaluation to support and manage health disparities research, training and outreach in Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, Wyoming, Utah and Nebraska.

Learn more here.

#SaludTues Tweetchat 5/19/15: “How to get More Healthy Drinks in Latino Communities”

When it comes to sugary drinks and Latinos, we know the research: Latino kids drink more sugary drinks a day than their non-Latino peers, and start drinking them at a younger age.sugary drinks2

This puts Latino kids at a higher risk for diet-related disease and tooth decay.

Families have a role to play in reducing sugary drink consumption.

But so do communities!

Join us and our co-hosts on May 19, 2015 and use #SaludTues to tweet about how Latino families can drink healthier at home and ways to encourage healthy drinking in their communities:

  • WHAT: #SaludTues Tweetchat: “How to get More Healthy Drinks in Latino Communities”
  • DATE: Tuesday, May 19, 2015
  • TIME: 1-2 p.m. ET (Noon-1 p.m. CT)
  • WHERE: On Twitter with hashtag #SaludTues
  • HOST: @SaludToday
  • CO-HOSTS: The Center for Science in the Public Interest (@CSPI), Latino Coalition for a Healthy California (@LCHC_CA)

We’ll open the floor to your stories and experiences as we explore:

  • What can families do to reduce sugary drink consumption at home?
  • How can families encourage restaurants to clean-up their beverage options?
  • What policies and strategies can encourage communities to drink healthier?
  • What role do schools play in encouraging students to choose healthier drinks?

Be sure to use the hashtag #SaludTues to follow the conversation on Twitter and share your strategies, stories, and resources that can help Latino families make healthier drink choices.

#SaludTues is a weekly Tweetchat about Latino health at 12p CST/1p ET every Tuesday and hosted by @SaludToday, the Latino health social media campaign for the team at the Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR) at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

Latinos at Higher Risk of Stroke at Younger Ages

Senior man having a heart attack isolated on white backgroundThe average age of a stroke in Latinos is 67 and 80 for non-Latinos, heightening their risk of severe disabilities, according to the The Northern Manhattan Stroke Study.

A stroke, or “brain attack,” occurs when an artery to the brain gets clogged or ruptures depriving a part(s) of the brain from blood flow and glucose. It can cause paralysis, problems with thinking and speaking, and emotional problems.

Doctors recommend exercising and leading an active lifestyle in order to reduce stroke risk.

That’s especially important for Latinos, who are about 70% obese. Obesity is the main factor in determining someones propensity to cardiovascular illnesses later in life, which is one of the main causes of strokes.

The average amount of excise recommended is 30 minutes a day, five days a week.

Other causes of strokes are:

  • Smoking
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • High Cholesterol

Stroke symptoms are often blurry vision, difficulty speaking or confusion, and weak / numb legs or arms.

Find out more about stroke here.


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