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Editor’s Note: Apply by March 15 for the 2013 Èxito! Latino Cancer Research Leadership Training program.
Elie Benavidez, a master’s-degree student at The University of Texas at San Antonio, already is making strides to improve the lives of Latinos. She teaches elementary-school students and volunteers her time to increase local access to healthy food.
Now Benavidez, inspired by her mother’s cancer battle, is considering seeking a doctoral degree and doing cancer research.
That’s why she and 19 other master’s-level students or health professionals joined the Institute for Health Promotion Research’s second-annual Summer Institute of Éxito! Latino Cancer Research Leadership Training on June 7-11, 2012, in San Antonio.
Exito! encourages participants to pursue a doctoral degree and careers studying how cancer affects Latinos differently.
“Éxito! has given me so much more confidence than what I thought I had in myself, just by hearing everybody’s stories and the path that they took to get where they are now. I feel like I have what it takes,” Benavidez said. “I feel like I can do anything I put my mind to.”
Éxito! (English: Success!), led by the Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR) at The UT Health Science Center at San Antonio and funded by the National Cancer Institute, annually recruits master’s students and health professionals to build the field of those working to reduce Latino cancer health disparities.
Participants attend a five-day Éxito! summer institute that enhances understanding of: the power of research to affect change; research methods, theory and interventions; cancer control; and networking and skills to successfully apply to a doctoral program.
Participants also are eligible to apply for paid internships.
“The hope is that participants go on to earn doctoral degrees and conduct novel research on why Latinos suffer worse outcomes from cancer and chronic disease,” said Dr. Amelie Ramirez, director of Éxito! and the IHPR.
At the first Éxito! Summer Institute in 2011 and the second one in June 2012, a total of 37 participants heard from Latino role models and researchers, such as Dr. Cristina Barroso of Arizona State University and Jose Pagan of the University of North Texas Health Science Center. Participants also learned about cancer, research, culture and career options.
Several Éxito! participants already have been accepted into doctoral programs:
- Maria Brietzke – PhD in Health Behavior and Health Education, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill (2011 Éxito! alumni)
- Roger Figueroa –Illinois Transdisciplinary Obesity Prevention PhD/MPH Program, University of Illinois (2012 Éxito! alumni)
- Marivelisse Soto-Salgado – DrPH in Social Determinants of Health, University of Puerto Rico School of Public Health (2011 Éxito! alumni)
- Mary Vanellys Diaz-Santana – PhD in Epidemiology, University of Massachusetts Amherst (2011 Éxito! alumni)
- Lizette Rangel – DrPH in Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences, University of Texas School of Public Health, Houston (2012 Éxito! alumni)
- Laura Rubalcava – PhD in Clinical Psychology, George Washington University, DC (2011 Éxito! alumni)
- Donaji Stelzig – DrPH in Health Promotion and Community Health Sciences, Texas A&M Health Science Center, School of Rural Public Health (2011 Éxito! alumni)
“Being in the Éxito! program, I’ve been able to see a lot of Latino role models, and how they’ve undergone a lot of hardship, and they’ve been able to do it in spite of that,” Rangel said. “Being in this program, meeting these professionals, these Latinos, and also being able to meet other students that are in the situation, they have hardships, I felt like, si se puede. Yes we can.”
Apply here by March 15, 2013, for the 2013 Èxito! Latino Cancer Research Leadership Training program.
You now have until March 9, 2012, to apply for the 2012 Éxito! Latino Cancer Research Leadership Training program!
Éxito! conducts a five-day summer institute and offers $2,000 internships to encourage minority master’s-level students and master’s trained health professionals to pursue a doctoral degree and a career in Latino cancer health disparities research. The 2012 summer institute is June 7-12, 2012, in San Antonio, Texas.
Éxito! participants also are eligible to receive one of six paid internships (see details in application).
How exactly can the program benefit you?
Ask Mariana Arevalo, a graduate of the 2011 Éxito! program:
“Éxito! was a boost of confidence and a tremendous encouragement for me to apply to doctoral programs. Now more than ever, I’m confident that Latino researchers are not only needed in our field, but we can make a difference in improving the health of Latinos in the U.S.,” Arevalo said. “Éxito! gave me leverage, resources, and lots of moral support to continue in my path to a doctoral program.”
Éxito! is funded by the National Cancer Institute and led by the Institute for Health Promotion Research at The UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, the team behind SaludToday.
Visit the Éxito! website to learn more, read more testimonials and download the application.
Applications must be postmarked by March 9, 2012.
Find the latest in Latino health—from fighting Latina breast cancer to helping Latinos pursue doctoral degrees—in the new E-newsletter from the Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR) at The UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, the team behind SaludToday.
The E-newsletter has these stories:
- Story and Video: Giving Latinas a Chance vs. Breast Cancer (Pg 1)
- Story: How a Typewriter Helped a Latina Launch a Career in Health Promotion (Pg 2)
- Story and Video: Depression after Cancer Keeps Latinas from Follow-Up Care (Pg 3)
- Story: Apply by 3/1/12 for Éxito Program to Get Help Pursuing a Doctoral Degree (Pg 5)
- Story: San Antonio Schools Get Salad Bars (Pg 6)
- Story and Video: Latino Man Works to Interrupt Street Violence (Pg 8 )
The E-newsletter is jam-packed with even more info on the latest local and national health disparities-related news, resources and events.
Visit the IHPR here.
As she wraps up her master’s degree at the University of South Florida, Mariana Arevalo already has worked on projects to improve health care access for the underserved.
But that early experience is driving Arevalo to do more.
So Arevalo and 16 other master’s-level students or health professionals joined the Institute for Health Promotion Research’s first-ever Summer Institute of Èxito! Latino Cancer Research Leadership Training on June 2-6, 2011, in San Antonio.
Èxito! encourages participants to pursue a doctoral degree and careers studying how disease—especially cancer—affects Latinos differently.
“Èxito! gave me the resources that I needed to pursue my goal—motivation and pathways,” Arevalo said. “I came in with doubts about my ability to have both. Now I’m confident that with hard work, passion and persistence I can achieve both things.”
Èxito! (English: Success!), led by the IHPR at The UT Health Science Center at San Antonio and funded by the National Cancer Institute, annually recruits master’s students or master’s-trained health professionals from Texas, Oklahoma, Arizona, New Mexico and other states.
Participants take part in a five-day summer institute to provide motivation, skills and resources needed to apply for doctoral programs.