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Find the latest advances in Latino health—such as a new strategy for helping Latinas after an abnormal breast mammogram—in the IHPR Noticias E-newsletter from Dr. Amelie G. Ramirez’ Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR) at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.
IHPR Noticias has these stories and more:
- Story and Audio: For Latinas, Patient Navigation Can Speed Breast Cancer Diagnosis (Pg 1)
- Profile: Guadalupe Campos is Teaching Latinos about Cancer Prevention (Pg 2)
- Study: Successfully Preventing Obesity in Latino Pre-Schoolers in San Antonio (Pg 3)
- Videos: 5-Part Video Series on Cultural Aspects of Latino Cancer (Pg 4)
- Story: Local Program Mentors Disadvantaged Nursing Students (Pg 6)
- Story: Latinos, a Colonoscopy Can Save Your Life! (Pg 7)
- Story and Video: Cancer and Insurance: A Latino’s Touching Story (Pg 9)
The E-newsletter, from the team behind SaludToday, is jam-packed with even more info on the latest local and national health disparities-related news, resources and events.
Please enjoy, and let us know if you have advances we can feature!
Gabriel, a part-time student with no insurance, is an acute myeloid leukemia survivor.
But he hadn’t had any checkups for nearly three years.
Then he found LIVESTRONG cancer services, which help the uninsured with accessing medical treatments and medical devices, finding assistance with insurance denials/appeals, handling debt and financial management issues related to a cancer diagnosis, learning about resources for financial assistance, and applying for federal/state programs, such as Medicaid, Social Security, etc.
“I never knew LIVESTRONG had services for young adults. It’s not like other places I’ve gone. The process was easy, and the navigator helped me find insurance that wasn’t too expensive,” Gabriel said. “He connected me to an organization that could help me with financial assistance, and he also helped me apply for two scholarships that I ended up receiving.”
For more information on LIVESTRONG services for the uninsured, call 855-220-7777 or go here.
If so, you’re invited to take a new survey about how to improve cancer-related services from LIVESTRONG.
LIVESTRONG, which is currently reaching out to Latinos to offer information about the Spanish services available to those being affected by cancer, hopes survey respondents will identify what additional or future actions need to be taken to improve the cancer community.
Find out more information in Spanish or take the survey here.
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.
Find the latest in Latino health—from fighting Latino liver cancer to innovative ways to improve life for Latino cancer survivors—in the new E-newsletter from the Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR) at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.
The IHPR E-newsletter has these stories:
- Story and Video: Study Links Diabetes, Obesity to Liver Cancer in Latinos (Pg 1)
- Story: How a Professional Abuela Spawned a Health Career (Pg 2)
- Story: Clinical Trials & You (Pg 2)
- Story: Join Study Motivating Cancer Survivors to Get Fit (Pg 3)
- Story and Video: Closing Health Gaps for Latino Cancer Survivors (Pg 4)
- Videos: Health Novelas, Stories of Latino Diabetics, & More (Pg 10)
The E-newsletter is jam-packed with even more info on the latest local and national health disparities-related news, resources and events.
Visit us here.
LIVESTRONG has published the case study behind its successful Latino outreach campaign that seeks to close the gap in health disparities for Hispanics diagnosed with cancer.
The case study on the campaign, Navigating the Cancer Experience: Reviewing the Impact of LIVESTRONG‘s Navigation Services, indicates that in 2010 more than 25,000 Latinos were served through LIVESTRONG‘s direct support, print or online resources at LIVESTRONGEspanol.org.
Also, the number of Latino survivors accessing LIVESTRONG’s free, confidential navigation services increased by 40%.
The campaign also received an honorable mention for Multicultural Marketing Campaign of the Year at the recent PRWeek Awards.
“LIVESTRONG is honored to be recognized by PRWeek for our work on behalf of vulnerable and underserved communities,” said Katherine McLane, LIVESTRONG senior director for communications and external affairs, in a statement. “This public education campaign is helping to bridge the gap in healthcare resources for Hispanic cancer survivors and, equally important, addressing the need for culturally relevant communications to at-risk populations. By publically sharing the study behind our successful campaign, we hope people can use this information to benefit Hispanics affected by cancer.”
Cancer is the second leading cause of death for U.S. Latinos, accounting for about 20 percent of all deaths, statistics show. Research shows that many Latinos fail to recognize symptoms of cancer, which frequently leads to late detection and therefore poor treatment outcomes.
Factors contributing to the high rate of deaths from cancer among Latinos include: language barriers, cultural beliefs, among others.
To address this alarming trend, LIVESTRONG in November 2010 launched a national public education campaign to generate awareness of its free resources available in English and Spanish for Hispanics/Latinos affected by cancer.
The campaign—aided by the input of Sandra San Miguel de Majors, a research instructor at the Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR) at The UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, which partnered with LIVESTRONG through its National Cancer Institute-funded Redes En Acción: The National Latino Cancer Research Network—was comprised of various highly targeted outreach initiatives and anchored by a community health worker (or promotores) training program designed to empower cancer survivors by equipping them with the necessary resources.
LIVESTRONG now has a growing network of promotores who work in the community to help spread the word about these services, having trained 500 promotores in 16 states and plans to train 750 more in 2012.
Read the full case study here.
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.
LIVESTRONG recently announced the creation of an iPad App to help people manage their cancer experience.
The app, called LIVESTRONG Cancer Guide App + Tracker, lets you store and access information relevant to your treatment and survivorship electronically to your iPad. The tracker helps you track your daily symptoms, provides space for you to journal your experience, keep track of important records and contact information. The app’s Cancer Guide will help you know what to expect, learn what questions to ask, and connect to resources.
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.