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Time for Latino parents to gather supplies and back packs.
It’s also a great time to make sure kids are up to date on their vaccines, according to the National Public Health Information Coalition.
For National Immunization Awareness Month in August, the coalition is promoting English and Spanish resources from the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to highlight the importance of immunizations throughout life, and to make sure children are protected with all the vaccines they need.
Most schools require children to be current on vaccinations before enrolling to protect the health of all students.
Getting children all of the vaccines recommended in the CDC immunization schedule is one of the most important things parents can do to protect their children’s health, according to a statement by the National Public Health Information Coalition.
Parents can find out more about the recommended immunization schedule here.
More Hispanic adults (47%) than white adults (39%) rate childhood obesity as the leading health concern for children in their communities, according to the latest annual poll by the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health.
Overall, childhood obesity is the leading concern of all parents.
However, the poll reflects markedly varied perspectives about child health concerns by race/ethnicity:
- Hispanic adults are more likely than black or white adults to express concerns about bullying and alcohol abuse.
- Black adults express greater concerns about teen pregnancy. Hispanics didn’t rate teen pregnancy in their Top-10 concerns.
- Both blacks and Hispanics express greater concern than whites about school violence.
“Such differences of perspective likely reflect street-level realities that child health varies across communities, and that perceptions of problems and need are essential to measure when planning, developing and implementing programs,” according to the authors. “To be successful, programs will likely need to respect and address community-specific health priorities for improving and safeguarding child health.”
Watch a video explaining the poll and its ratings.
Researchers at the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity have quantified the number of food and beverage ads viewed by Hispanic youth on both Spanish- and English-language TV.
Hispanic youth see 12-15 food ads a day.
And regardless of language, the majority of ads promote nutritionally poor products, such as fast food, sugary cereals, and candy.
Check out this video for more information.
In fact, many even dismissed it as an “older man’s disease.”
To dispel these myths of heart disease as the No. 1 killer of women, the American Heart Association, along with the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute created National Wear Red Day to raise awareness of this critical issue. Each year, on the first Friday in February, millions of women and men come together to wear red, take action and commit to fighting this deadly disease.
Join the Wear Red Day event on Facebook.
A new study is testing whether an automated self-help “Stop Smoking” website—available in both English and Spanish with various resources and tools to track quit progress—can help smokers quit at higher rates than trying to quit on their own.
The study, led by Redes En Acción: The National Latino Cancer Research Network, which is funded by the National Cancer Institute, is a collaboration between researchers at the Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR) at The UT Health Science Center at San Antonio and the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).
Upon enrollment, researchers will randomly assign participants to one of two methods to quit:
- Immediate no-cost access to the UCSF “Stop Smoking” website
- “Quit on Your Own” plus no-cost access to the same website after 6 months
Participants’ smoking status will be evaluated at 1, 3, and 6 months.
Armida Flores was a professional abuela—babysitting her granddaughters, volunteering at their schools, etc.—until they moved to California a few years ago.
Then Flores wasn’t sure what to do with her newfound spare time.
So the Mexico native, who was 30 years removed from school, didn’t know much English and had no career training, decided to enroll in bilingual nursing classes at Palo Alto College in San Antonio and simultaneously earned her GED in Spanish in 2008.
She also took beginner and advanced English to polish her language skills, and in May 2012 earned an associate’s degree in social work, psychology and Spanish.
“The biggest obstacle I had to overcome was to accept that I am not too old to start a new process in my life,” said Flores. “Now that I have overcome this obstacle, I continue working to improve my language and computer skills.”
She’s kick-started her career as a health educator at the Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR) at The UT Health Science Center at San Antonio.
She serves as a patient navigator to help cancer survivors navigate the complex health care system, get emotional support, and access needed care services.
She also is a promotora—a community health worker for Latinos—on an IHPR-LIVESTRONG partnership to identify Latino cancer patients and refer them to LIVESTRONG’s cancer survivor services.
LIVESTRONG recently lauded Flores for having the highest number of referrals, and invited her to a national conference in July 2012.
Flores also coordinates workshops, member recruitment and record-keeping for the San Antonio Community Health Association, and she co-founded the Cuenta Conmigo cancer support group for Spanish speakers.
“Armida is the perfect bridge between our Latino community and our health care providers/system,” said IHPR researcher Sandra San Miguel de Majors. “Latino cancer survivors are able to relate to her because she’s from their own community, she speaks their same language and she understands their culture and barriers.
“I admire her positive attitude and willingness to help everyone. She’s got a quiet approach, but makes a very strong impact in our community.”
Flores hopes to eventually earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees in counseling.
“My motivations to accomplish my goals are my family, myself, and my desire to learn how to be able to help people in my community,” she said.
Latino patients reported significantly higher rates of pain, numbness, cognition difficulties, vomiting and severe sadness than non-Hispanics in a recent survey of 622 cancer patients awaiting appointments at three hospitals in the Bronx, New York City’s poorest borough, Internal Medicine News reports.
About 45% of Hispanic patients reported moderate to severe pain, more than twice the percentage of whites (20%) and also more than African Americans (37%).
On some measures, differences were seen between Latino patients who spoke English and those who did not. For example, 64 percent of Spanish-dominant Hispanics reported fatigue, compared with 49 percent of English-dominant Hispanic patients.
Read more about the survey here.