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Marynieves Diaz-Mendez has been selected as the 2011 LIVESTRONG Promotora of the Year.
Diaz-Mendez, a trained physician in her native Cuba, is a promotora—or trained community health educator—who has been working with Redes En Acción in the California Bay Area to increase Latino cancer survivors’ access to and knowledge of LIVESTRONG national navigation services.
Redes En Acción is a national Latino cancer research network led by the Institute for Health Promotion Research at The UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, the team behind SaludToday.
LIVESTRONG, founded by cyclist and cancer survivor Lance Armstrong, connects cancer patients and survivors to the support they need, leverages funding and resources to spur innovation and engages communities and leaders to drive social change.
In her promotora role, Diaz-Mendez has shared a wealth of knowledge and information with her survivor population by educating them about the importance of early screening, self-advocacy and education. In addition, she has established valuable connections and successfully participated in project media campaign efforts.
Miaz-Mendez also serves as staff research associate and outreach worker for the Northwest Regional Network Center of Redes En Acción.
Dr. Amelie G. Ramirez, director of the Institute for Health Promotion Research at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, the team behind SaludToday, has been elected to the board of directors for C-Change, a national organization that aims to leverage the expertise of leaders from government, business and nonprofit sectors of society to eliminate cancer as a major health problem as soon as possible.
Founded in 1998, C-Change’s approaches cancer as a societal burden that everyone bears the responsibility for addressing.
C-Change’s 150 members identify opportunities for collective action and apply the group’s unique strength—the collective expertise and resources of leaders from the three sectors of society—to accelerate action to end cancer.
The group’s 22-member board of directors is elected to staggered three-year terms by a vote of the entire C-Change membership, including former President George H.W. Bush, cyclist Lance Armstrong, TV personalities Larry King and Paula Zahn, former U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop, National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins and more.
Ramirez will serve from Jan. 1, 2012, to 2015.
“I am honored by this tremendous distinction from some of the key leaders in our nation’s fight against cancer,” Dr. Ramirez said. “I’m excited to be able to bring to the group my focus on the health and quality of life of disadvantaged populations, especially underserved Latinos.”
Dr. Ramirez has directed many research programs focused on human and organizational communication to reduce Latino cancer health disparities in cancer risk factors, clinical trial accrual and healthy lifestyles. Her projects have led to unique health communication models and interventions that have contributed to reduced Latino cancer rates and increased cancer screening among Latinos. She also is associate director of health disparities and the Max and Minnie Tomerlin Voelcker Endowed Chair in Cancer Healthcare Disparities and Outreach at the Cancer Therapy & Research Center (CTRC), the Health Science Center’s National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Center. She also is a board member for Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the Lance Armstrong Foundation and the Avon Foundation for Women.
Check out the latest in health disparities—from cancer awareness videos to new Latino training programs—in the latest E-newsletter from the Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR) at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, which runs SaludToday.
View the IHPR E-newsletter to see these items:
- Video: Latino cancer research network expands with $5.6M grant (Pg 1)
- Story: An “Insider” Training Program for Latino Cancer Researchers (Pg 3)
- PSA Wins Award: WATCH – Latinas & Mammograms (Pg 4)
- Story: San Antonio Goes Smoke-Free (Pg 5)
- Story: Lance Armstrong Visits Patients, Latino Cancer Researchers (Pg 8)
Find much more on local and national health disparities-related news, funding, resources and events by visiting the IHPR’s Web site.
Join Lance Armstrong and thousands of supporters around the world in wearing yellow on LIVESTRONG Day on Saturday, Oct. 2. It’s an easy way to show your support for 28 million cancer survivors worldwide.
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The Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR) at the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, the team behind SaludToday, also is joining the LIVESTRONG Day festivities. IHPR staff will distribute LIVESTRONG materials and wristbands to patients at the Cancer Therapy and Research Center in San Antonio; conduct a LIVESTRONG survivorship lunch event on Oct. 2; and distribute educational materials at the Binational Health Fair at the Consulate General of Mexico on Oct. 1 in San Antonio.
Cyclist and cancer prevention activist Lance Armstrong visited patients and met with researchers to discuss the Latino cancer burden in San Francisco on Sept. 21 in a visit facilitated in part by Sandra San Miguel, a research instructor at the Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR) at The UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, the team behind SaludToday.
Armstrong met with the researchers of the northwest site of the IHPR’s Latino cancer research network, Redes En Acción, including researchers Drs. Eliseo Pérez-Stable and Anna Nápoles and promotora Marynieves Diaz-Mendez.
Armstrong called his meeting with Redes researchers “incredible,” and lauded the Redes/LIVESTRONG National Promotores Education and Outreach project.
The project has identified and trained bilingual and bicultural promotores to identify Hispanic/Latino cancer survivors, refer them to LIVESTRONG Survivorcare, and provide much needed cancer health education and outreach to targeted Latino communities in New Jersey, Miami, San Diego, San Antonio, South Texas and San Francisco. The project is led by the IHPR’s Dr. Amelie G. Ramirez with coordination by San Miguel.
Armstrong also toured San Francisco General Hospital’s Avon Comprehensive Breast Care Center, where patients were receiving treatment, alongside the city’s mayor, Gavin Newsom.
“There is a great need for resources that improve the quality of life for Hispanic and Latino cancer survivors and San Francisco’s community groups and medical professionals are working to fill that need,” said Armstrong in a news release. “LIVESTRONG is proud to be a part of the effort to provide Hispanic families affected by cancer with customized tools and support they need to live life on their own terms.”
The Latino population, which represents a mosaic of cultures, is projected to account for nearly one-third of the total U.S. population by 2050. Cancer is the second leading cause of death among Latinos and cancer rates for Latinos are projected to increase by 142% by 2030, compared to 45% for the overall U.S. cancer incidence. Latinos, who as a demographic tend to have lower incomes, less education and less insurance, have lower survival rates for most cancers, which may reflect less access to timely, high-quality treatment.
In response, earlier this year, LIVESTRONG expanded its outreach to the Hispanic/Latino community through promotion of its free Spanish-language resources, including LIVESTRONG.org/Espanol and LIVESTRONG SurvivorCare. LIVESTRONG aims to provide more support to a wider number of Hispanics and Latinos who are affected by cancer and those closest to them through increased visibility or access to the most common places people go for information: the internet, cellular devices and media outlets.
Meanwhile, Redes has a new grant to continue its efforts in Latino cancer research, training and awareness.
The Lance Armstrong Foundation’s LIVESTRONG campaign is expanding its bilingual outreach to Latino cancer survivors through enhanced multi-media resources, developed with the help of Sandra San Miguel de Majors, a research instructor at the Institute for Health Promotion Research at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, the team behind SaludToday.
LIVESTRONG’s effort aims to help more Latinos affected by cancer by increasing visibility and access to bilingual resources on the Internet, cell devices and media.
The campaign Web site, LIVESTRONG.org/espanol, for example, underwent major enhancements, adding new videos, audio features and links to Facebook and Twitter messages, thanks to content developed in part by San Miguel de Majors.
San Miguel de Majors also developed scripts for educational Webisodes and radio ads.
She also is overseeing efforts to promote LAF’s online training curriculum for promotores, community members trained to educate their peers in healthy behaviors and increase access to resources for cancer survivors. She is leading a workshop June 14 in Austin, Texas, to train promotores from across the nation.
“Being fully bicultural with 14 years experience in health promotion and working with the Latino community, I was proud to be selected to co-lead the LIVESTRONG National Hispanic/Latino Media Campaign and to lead future efforts to reach this population,” San Miguel de Majors said. “The Latino population, a fast-growing mosaic of cultures, suffers a tremendous cancer burden, and these new multi-media resources are designed to help more Latinos survive and thrive.”