That’s why we at the Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR) at The UT Health Science Center at San Antonio created our SaludToday blog and social media campaign.
We recently won a trio of Web Health Awards for our digital efforts to raise awareness for Latino health from the Health Information Resource Center, which gives awards twice annually for online health information.
We also earned a “merit” award for our quarterly e-newsletter on Latino health.
A new bilingual campaign is encouraging HIV testing among Latino gay and bisexual men.
The campaign, called REASONS/RAZONES and developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), offers a website and Facebook page with information on HIV, how to get tested, and how to take action.
You can find a nearby test site by texting your zip code to KNOW IT (566948).
The campaign also features bilingual videos that show Latino gay and bisexual men share their reasons for getting an HIV test, which is fast, free, and confidential.
Many pregnant women take medicines for health problems like diabetes, asthma, seizures, heartburn, and morning sickness.
But not all medicines are safe to take when you are pregnant.
Join text4baby by texting “BABY” (or “BEBE” for Spanish) to 511411.
Latino students are widely exposed to high-fat, high-sugar snacks and drinks sold in schools, but implementing stronger nutritional standards can yield healthier school snacks for this growing population at high risk of obesity, according to a new package of research materials released today by Salud America! The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Research Network to Prevent Obesity Among Latino Children.
The new Salud America! “Healthier School Snacks & Latino Kids” research materials, which can be found at www.salud-america.org, include:
• A research review with the latest science;
• An issue brief (lay summary of the review);
• An infographic; and
• An animated video
This is the first of six new research material packages to be released over the summer by Salud America!, each of which will focus on a specific topic on Latino childhood obesity and highlight the issue, policy implications and future research areas.
The “Healthier School Snacks & Latino Kids” package, released at the Salud America! Summit, highlights the fact that young people consume a high proportion of their daily calories at school.
“Research shows that access to unhealthy snack foods and beverages in schools has a disproportionately negative health influence among Latino students, and schools with a higher proportion of Latino students tend to have weaker policies regarding access to and nutritional values of these items,” said Amelie G. Ramirez, director of Salud America!, a national network of stakeholders seeking environmental and policy solutions to Latino obesity based at the Institute for Health Promotion Research at the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio.
“By 2050, 35 percent of young people in the U.S. will be Latino. Providing healthier school snacks and drinks can help make sure this growing population is healthy,” Ramirez said.
To learn more, visit www.salud-america.org.
Two new Spanish-language videos show healthier lifestyles, one promoting family activities, such as a father showing his daughter he can dance, and another showing a family having a healthy foods taste test.
The videos aim to challenge children to engage in healthier lifestyles.
Both videos were made possible by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and presented by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health.
Check out this fact-filled video about the accomplishments and possibilities of cancer research.
The video, from the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), urges people to learn more about how cancer research is saving lives, and join in supporting National Cancer Research Month here.
Hispanic, Black, and Asian Americans are less likely than whites to believe they will get cancer, even though they are actually more likely to develop cancer and die from it, according to a new study in the American Journal of Health Promotion, HealthDay reports.
Study researchers surveyed people about their perceptions of their cancer risk.
They also found Hispanics were less likely than whites and blacks to believe they could take steps to reduce their risk of cancer.
“There is a need for consistent cancer prevention messages and screening recommendations, as well as opportunities to increase education on cancer prevention among all populations,” study senior author B. Lee Green of the Moffitt Cancer Center, said in a center news release, HealthDay reported. “These efforts will make individuals feel more empowered to participate in cancer-preventive behaviors.”
In the movie The Killing Strain, Juan “Rick” Carrillo plays a soldier who escapes a helicopter crash to lead a small group of flu-epidemic survivors to safety.
On screen, he was a tough, nothing-can-stop-him hero.
Off screen, though, Carrillo struggled fighting the elements—mountain cedar had him blowing his nose, taking antihistamines and using his inhaler between takes.
“I wasn’t feeling 100%, but the scenes captured during filming were very effective in telling the story of this gutsy soldier,” Carrillo said. “This always reminds me the great power a camera has on creating a world for audiences to absorb and be part of.”
Today, Carrillo is putting his acting and film-making experience to work as a TV producer/director for the Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR) at the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio.
Carrillo has always loved movies and enjoyed acting (his mom used to say, though, he was better at acting up than acting).
After high school, he tried majoring in theatre.
But he ended up getting a more practical degree instead. Nuclear medicine seems like a 360-degree shift from acting, but having a steady hospital job as a technologist and interventional radiology operations manager allowed him participate in bilingual TV commercials, public service announcements, voiceovers, print ads, etc.
Carrillo eventually ingrained himself in the San Antonio film community and became fascinated with the production process of movie-making.
He started developing narrative films promoting health and wellness as a contractor for the video department at the UT Health Science Center. His videos focused on diabetes education, geriatric fall prevention, sex education and more.
One video used a continuous-shot format to follow a nursing student through a simulation lab. He scripted all the action choreography.
“I was able to incorporate unique learning objectives through different mediums and concepts for different video productions,” Carrillo said.
At the IHPR, he currently produces on-camera and animated videos—scripting, concept design, production and more—for Salud America! (LINK = www.salud-america.org, a national network dedicated to reducing and preventing Latino childhood obesity.
Carrillo said he likes knowing that the materials he helps create can help teach children and families to live healthier.
“I enjoy the opportunity to contribute to a genuine and purposeful cause that impacts so many human beings via a creative environment that allows me to try new methods of media production to disseminate information,” he said.