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Brotherhood is a term for a close-knit system of support and friendship among men.
In Spanish, this is known as hermandad.
For three Latino men fighting to survive prostate cancer, hermandad was a unifying force that helped them through the most difficult challenge of their lives—and it wouldn’t have been possible without the innovative patient navigation project from Redes En Acción: The National Latino Cancer Research Network, which is funded by the National Cancer Institute and headquartered at the Institute for Health Promotion Research at The UT Health Science Center at San Antonio.
Guadalupe Ortiz Valadez, age 61.
Roman Mejia Hernandez, age 57.
Francisco Lopez, age 58.
Each man has a different life story, background, and struggle with cancer.
But their differences dissolved when a Redes patient navigator, Guadalupe Cornejo, helped bring them all together. Cornejo arranged a phone call so that Lopez could offer his support and advice to Valadez. Then, at the request of Hernandez’ daughter, Cornejo arranged for Valadez to give similar support to Hernandez. The three men immediately started learning from each other. They found comfort being able to confide in someone who shares the same experience of fears, questions and uncertainties of prostate cancer.
The trio began talking more frequently over time. They talked about the barriers they have faced: language, little or distant family support, and no health insurance.
Valadez said that, while he didn’t encounter many major challenges thanks to the support of his wife and children, the toughest part was telling his children about his cancer diagnosis and the unknowns of surgery. He envisions—thanks in part to the support system he established with Hernandez and Lopez—being able to help educate others about cancer and survivorship.
Lopez said he was also blessed to have his family being by his side from diagnosis to full recovery. But with no health insurance, he initially hesitated to seek medical care until he felt too ill not to. It was his daughter that encouraged him to seek care at a clinic that took care of all his health needs. He was faced with the diagnosis of prostate cancer, diabetes and arthritis all at once. Coming from poverty, has given him compassion for others in need and is willing to give wholeheartedly to others.
Hernandez, who also had no insurance when diagnosed with prostate cancer, said he only had a brother to lean on during his treatments. Speaking only Spanish also kept him from communicating effectively with his physician. He was very grateful for the opportunity to get to know Valadez and Hernandez, and said their friendship helped him persevere.
The three Latino men talked on the phone so much they believed they had grown a “spiritual bond.” Each man cited this bond and the Redes patient navigator project and instrumental in helping them achieve cancer survival.
The Redes national study coordinator, Sandra San Miguel, recently brought them together in person for the first time.
With hugs and smiles exchanged, Valadez, Lopez, and Hernandez thanked each other for their support and made a vow: help other prostate cancer patients support and educate each other about the cancer journey to help them hurdle some of the same challenges they faced and embark on a new journey filled with support, friendship, wellness, and a positive outlook on life.
In other words: let’s all spread hermandad.
A unique new five-part video series explores the nuances of cancer in Latino populations.
- Part 1: Demographics
- Part 2: Disparities
- Part 3: Cultural Values
- Part 4: Physical, Emotional Concerns
- Part 5: Supporting the Needs
The videos, produced by the Nurse Oncology Education Program (NOEP), feature several researchers at the Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR) at the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, including IHPR Director/Professor Dr. Amelie G. Ramirez, Research Instructor Sanrda San Miguel, and Patient Navigation/Promotora Guadalupe Cornejo.
The trio also play large roles in the IHPR’s Latino cancer research network, Redes En Acción, funded by the National Cancer Institute.
Here are Parts 1-5:
Researchers from the Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR) at The UT Health Science Center at San Antonio taught a crowd of more than 30 health professionals and social workers the importance of providing bilingual and culturally sensitive health care at a unique training event March 8, 2012, in San Antonio.
The event, “Cancer Prevention & Women: A Look at Programs that Address Health Disparities Among Medically Underserved Populations,” stemmed from a partnership between the IHPR and the San Antonio College (SAC) Empowerment Center.
IHPR researchers Dr. Daisy Morales-Campos, Christina M. Carmona, Rose A. Treviño, Guadalupe Cornejo and Erika G. Casasola discussed Latino breast, cervical and colorectal cancer rates and cultural factors that impede individuals from preventative care.
They also discussed several of the IHPR’s community-based programs: Entre Madre e Hija, a cervical cancer peer-education program for Latina mothers and daughters; Salud San Antonio!, a program providing free educational presentations on prevention and early detection of breast, cervical, and colorectal cancer; and Muévete Más, a community initiative that offers exercise programs for Latina cancer survivors.
Learn more abut the IHPR here.
Learn the importance of providing bilingual and culturally sensitive health care to our community at a unique training event, “Cancer Prevention & Women: A Look at Programs that Address Health Disparities Among Medically Underserved Populations,” from 1-4 p.m. on Thursday, March 8, 2012, at the San Antonio College (SAC) Empowerment Center, 703 Howard Street in San Antonio.
The event, a partnership between SAC and the Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR) at The UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, the team behind SaludToday, will feature IHPR researchers Dr. Daisy Morales-Campos, Christina M. Carmona, Rose A. Treviño, Guadalupe Cornejo and Erika G. Casasola, who will discuss Latina/o breast, cervical and colorectal cancer rates and cultural factors that impede individuals from preventative care.
- Entre Madre e Hija, a cervical cancer peer-education program for Latina mothers and daughters;
- Salud San Antonio!, a program providing free educational presentations on prevention and early detection of breast, cervical, and colorectal cancer; and
- Muévete Más, a community initiative that offers exercise programs for Latina cancer survivors.
Additionally, promotoras and Latino participants from these programs will conduct a panel discussion to increase awareness about the significance of these programs and answer questions.
Counselors, social workers, case managers, health care professionals, and others in the helping professions are highly encouraged to attend this free training. Three hours of Continuing Education Units will be provided.
Register by March 1 by calling 210-486-0455.
To address the needs of Latino cancer survivors, the LIVESTRONG organization created a cancer survivorship training curriculum to increase the number of Latino community health workers, otherwise known as promotores, and their skills, knowledge and confidence on the physical, emotional and day-to-day concerns of cancer survivors.
To date, LIVESTRONG has trained more than 500 promotores across the country.
What exactly is a promotora?
Watch this video of Guadalupe Cornejo, a promotora at the Institute for Health Promotion Research at the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, who explains what she does and who she helps.
A community health worker (CHW) helps patients—in San Antonio, that typically means Latino patients—navigate the complex world of cancer care, according to a San Antonio Express-News article about CHWs.
The article focuses on Guadalupe Cornejo, a CHW at the Institute for Health Promotion Research at The UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, the team behind SaludToday. Cornejo is partialy supported through the IHPR’s Latino cancer research network, Redes En Acción, via a partnership with LIVESTRONG.
Cornejo’s job includes answering questions, helping patients make appointments and apply for services and, when necessary, acting as a liaison between patients and the medical system.
“Research has shown that this population is more likely to fall through the cracks when it comes to cancer care,” says Sandra San Miguel de Majors, a researcher-instructor at the University of Texas Health Science Center and program coordinator.
Preliminary figures show that, during the first eight months of the Redes en Acción/Livestrong partnership, the program’s CHWs served 920 patients.
Read about Guadalupe and the Latino patients she helps here.
Reaching into the community to raise cancer awareness is a big priority of the Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR) at The UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, the team behind SaludToday.
That’s why IHPR researcher Sandra San Miguel and promotora Guadalupe Cornejo worked hard to bring vital health information to more than 350 Latinos on Oct. 1 at the Consulate General of Mexico in San Antonio during Binational Health Week, a series of free health events across the nation to improve Latino health.
The pair, representing the IHPR and the Lance Armstrong Foundation’s LIVESTRONG campaign, passed out 100 brochres for the LIVESTRONG Survivorcare program, several “What’s Next” booklets and hundreds of yellow LIVESTRONG wristbands.
Overall, San Miguel and Cornejo had success raising cancer awareness and interest in prevention efforts.
“[Community residents] were very interested in the Lance Armstrong Foundation and in cancer in general (risk factors, prevalence within the Latino community, topics about fear, religion, etc.),” San Miguel said. “It was incredibly interesting. We’re in the process of following up with a couple of individuals and groups.”
Read more about San Miguel’s and the IHPR’s work with LIVESTRONG.