This nice infographic on the costs of obesity, from human and financial standpoints, was among the winners of an American Public Health Association contest during National Public Health Week on April 1-7.
The infographic is from MPH@GW, the new online Master of Public Health program at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services.
See the full infographic here.
To celebrate National Minority Health Month, you’re invited to join leading health experts in a webinar discussion of Latino cancer issues at 10:30 a.m. CST Thursday, April 4, 2013.
Dr. Amelie Ramirez, director of the Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR) at the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, the team behind SaludToday, will provide an overview of cancer prevalence and disparities found in the Latino population.
She also will offer insight into common Latino myths and beliefs about cancer
Dr. Elena Rios, president of the National Hispanic Medical Association, will address policy and Latino health.
Rosa Villoch-Santiago, director of health disparities for the American Cancer Society’s South Atlantic Division, will describe the Ventanillas de Salud initiative and other cancer work.
The webinar is organized by the American Cancer Society.
View it here. Call in at 1-888-757-2790 and enter the pass code 329671.
SaludToday Guest Blogger: Jessica Rodriguez
As a 37-year-old mother of two, being diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer in November 2011 was devastating.
Besides worrying about my children, I was also concerned about my appearance. I didn’t want my children to see that I was losing my hair. I would see myself in the mirror and get depressed. I started losing my hair right after the fourth session of chemotherapy.
At the hospital where I was being treated in Maryland, I heard about the workshop being offered by Look Good Feel Better.
It changed my life. I wouldn’t go out because I didn’t want to be seen without hair, eyebrows, and when I attended the workshop they taught me how to use makeup and how to wear wigs to help me look my best during this experience. The best part about participating in Look Good Feel Better workshops is getting to know other women who are going through the same situation and to share our feelings and common experience.
Look Good Feel Better, a program dedicated to boosting cancer patients’ self-esteem and confidence through lessons on how to manage the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment, will partner with Univision’s Lourdes Stephen for a Spanish-language “virtual” workshop on January 16, 2013.
Ms. Stephen will be joined by beauty experts who will offer instruction, tips and advice—tailored to Latina women—for dealing with hair loss, changes in skin, complexion and nails during your cancer treatment, taken straight from the live Look Good Feel Better community-based group workshop program.
To participate, please register here.
Check out this new infographic to see how street-scale improvements and healthier modes of transportation can increase physical activity, a great need among Latinos, who are less likely to get recommended amounts of exercise.
Below is a portion of the infographic from New Public Health.
Get the full infographic by clicking here.
Critics didn’t think Rosa Soto would amount to anything because of her lisp. They thought she’d never graduate, or get a good job.
But Soto overcame her lisp, earned a political science and international relations degree from the University of Southern California, and has worked to empower underserved families and children for more than 15 years, according to a new profile story about her by the Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities (HKHC).
Soto is currently the regional director for the California Center for Public Health Advocacy (CCPHA) and the project director for the HKHC project in Baldwin Park, Calif.
“I’m a community organizer. I never thought of myself as a public health person,” she said, although her career spans teen pregnancy, diabetes and now childhood obesity.
Soto grounds herself in family and in helping others find their voice, according to the profile story. Rosa’s parents were immigrants from Mexico.
“A lot of my childhood was about fitting in and finding a place of belonging,” she explained. And she wants others to also feel they belong and can make a difference. That the status quo doesn’t have to remain “the norm.” This work is important to me because it gives me an opportunity to demonstrate that change is possible.”
Read Soto’s full story here.
One recent study indicates Hispanic and black children were less likely to use age-appropriate restraints than white children. Could your child be one of them?
Because car crashes are the leading cause of death among children aged 1-13, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) conducts Child Passenger Safety Week Sept. 16-22, 2012, to offer tools and resources to help parents make safer choices for their child when he or she travels.
On Sept. 22, 2012, car seat inspection stations nationwide will provide car seat checks and advice to parents and caregivers about selecting the right car seat for a child’s age and size, as well as installation tips.
For Spanish-speakers, the NHTSA also offer several additional resources, including:
- Tips for safely installing car and booster seats.
- A car seat inspection station locator that includes the option of searching for Spanish-speaking technicians.
- Instructional videos for installing several types of car seats and booster seats.
- An ease-of-use rating system for car seats and booster seats.
Call 1-888-PROTEGIDOS or visit safercar.gov/protegidos for additional resources or to locate a nearby car seat inspection event.
The National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA), a coalition of 31 of the leading Latino civic organizations in the U.S., has released its agenda of national policy and legislative priorities on Latino issues.
The document, which will be presented to presidential candidates and delegates at the national Democratic and Republican Conventions, covers education, civil rights, immigration, economic security and improvement, health, and government accountability to give candidates an understanding of policies needed to advance the social and economic status of the Latino community in 2012 and beyond.
In the health realm, the document states: “To reverse the disparity between the health status of Latinos and the population at large, public policy must focus on expanding health insurance to the 30 percent of Latinos without coverage, investing in prevention, and improving the cultural and linguistic competence of our health care professionals.”
Read the full agenda here.