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Minority births now outnumber White births, Census data show.
With this growing group of “minority-majority” Americans, increasingly Hispanic and Asian, it begs the question: what are the trends in Hispanic baby names?
The trend in “bilingual” names is continuing among Latino parents, with many choosing names that look or sound the same in English and Spanish, but Anglo names were a popular choice as well, according to babycenter.com.
The 2012 trends also show that Latino parents looked beyond telenovelas for baby-name inspiration, to darker, more mysterious stories such as vampire tales. And, of course, you can’t miss the influence of celebrities.
Top boy names in 2012 were:
Top girl names in 2012 were:
9. María José
The list of most popular names was drawn from more than 60,000 names of babies born in 2012 to U.S. mothers and Latin America who registered on BabyCenter en Español.
Here also is a list of “trendy” Latin baby names, from MamásLatinas:
Editor’s Note: This post is part of an ongoing series that will highlight the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s work in Latino communities across the country.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) today announced that it is investing $9.5 million in new funding for its Forward Promise initiative, aimed at improving the health and success of young men of color.
The centerpiece of the announcement is a new call for proposals that seeks innovative, community-based projects working to strengthen health, education, and employment outcomes for middle school- and high school-aged boys and young men of color.
“To build a strong and prosperous future for our nation, it is critical that we expand opportunities for boys and young men of color to grow up healthy, get a good education, and find meaningful employment,” said RWJF Program Officer Maisha Simmons. “Their options have been too limited for too long; that’s why we are proud to launch Forward Promise to support young men of color and identify the most promising paths toward a stronger, healthier future.”
Specifically, this initiative will support innovative programs that focus on the following four areas:
- Alternative approaches to harsh school discipline that do not push students out of school;
- Solutions that focus on dropout prevention and increasing middle school retention and high school graduation rates;
- Mental health interventions that tailor approaches to boys and young men who have experienced and/or been exposed to violence and trauma; and
- Career training programs that blend workforce and education emphases to ensure that students are college- and career-ready.
Momentum is building nationally among philanthropists and policy-makers to improve the health and success of young men of color.
Last summer, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and philanthropist George Soros launched their Young Men’s Initiative, a nearly $130 million effort in New York to support young men of color in the areas of education, employment, health, and justice. And the California legislature established a Select Committee on the Status of Boys and Men of Color, which has been holding hearings across the state to identify successful and innovative policies and programs. In June, RWJF hosted a “Gathering of Leaders” in Philadelphia that brought together more than 100 leaders in philanthropy, social service delivery, advocacy, and academia to focus on fundamentally improving circumstances for boys and young men of color.
“While all young people need support on the road to becoming healthy, productive adults, it’s especially true for teenage boys of color,” added Simmons. “We are looking to advance innovative policies and approaches that can dramatically change their prospects to succeed in school, in their communities, in the workplace, and in society.”
RWJF is committing $9.5 million over three years to Forward Promise, which will support grantmaking for community-based projects and initiatives, policy analysis, and convenings to surface the strongest solutions. Under the new call for proposals, RWJF will award up to 10 grants not to exceed $500,000 each. Find more information here.
Forward Promise reflects RWJF’s belief that it is essential to focus on what makes people healthy—or unhealthy—from a perspective that includes factors outside of the medical care system. Social influences rooted in our neighborhoods, housing, schools, jobs, and economic security have a powerful effect on our health. Across most of these areas, however, boys and young men of color often have limited positive options. Education and jobs are a particular concern, with the unemployment rate for Hispanic youth at nearly 30% and for black youth at almost 40%—far higher than that of white youth, according to federal statistics.
America’s prosperity depends on giving every young person a fair chance to thrive and succeed. It is RWJF’s belief that we are moving forward the promise that we have made to our young men, who represent the nation’s future. It’s a future where young men of color must have the opportunity to become healthy adults who contribute to their communities and society.
Hispanics and other minorities ages 8-18 consume an average of 13 hours of media content a day, about 4-1/2 hours more than their white counterparts, according to a Northwestern University report, the first national study to focus exclusively on children’s media use by race and ethnicity.
Minority youth spend about an hour and a half more each day than White youth using their cell phones, iPods, etc., to watch TV and videos, play games, and listen to music (3:07 in mobile media use among Asians, 2:53 among Hispanics, 2:52 among blacks, and 1:20 among whites).
Black and Hispanic youth consuming an average of more than three hours of live TV daily (3:23 for blacks, 3:08 for Hispanics, 2:28 for Asians and 2:14 for whites).
TV viewing rates are even higher when data on time-shifting technologies such as TiVo, DVDs, and mobile and online viewing are included (5:54 for black youth, 5:21 for Hispanics, 4:41 for Asians, and 3:36 for whites).
Black and Hispanic youth are more likely to have TV sets in their bedrooms (84% of blacks, 77% of Hispanics compared to 64% of whites and Asians)
About 78% of black and 67% of Hispanic youth eat more meals in front of the TV set compared to 58% of white and 55% of Asian youths.
“In the past decade, the gap between minority and white youth’s daily media use has doubled for blacks and quadrupled for Hispanics,” says Northwestern Professor Ellen Wartella, who directed the study and heads the Center on Media and Human Development in the School of Communication. “The big question is what these disparities mean for our children’s health and education.”
Read more here.
Dr. Isabel Scarinci, a cancer prevention expert at the University of Alabama-Birmingham, spoke about ways to improve cervical cancer prevention on March 17, 2011, at the Cancer Therapy and Research Center (CTRC) in San Antonio as part of the SALSI/CTRC Health Disparities Lecture Series.
Scarinci’s talk highlighted her innovative work in cervical cancer prevention among low-income, Latina and African American, and immigrant women.
Watch video of her talk here.
The SALSI/CTRC Health Disparities Lecture Series, sponsored by the San Antonio Life Sciences Institute (SALSI) and the CTRC, brings some of the top U.S. health disparities experts to San Antonio to offer the latest trends, tools and advancements in the fight against cancer health disparities. The series is a joint project of the Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR) at The UT Health Science Center at San Antonio and UT San Antonio.
The next lecture features E-health and disparities expert Dr. Vish Viswanath of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute at 4 p.m. April 21, 2011, at the Mabee Conference Room on the 4th floor of the CTRC, 7979 Wurzbach in San Antonio.
Watch all the lectures here.
Spanish-speakers are encouraged to call the National Cancer Institute’s Cancer Information Service, 1-800-4-CANCER, to get free scientifically based information on cancer clinical trials, prevention, risk factors and more in their language.
In a new video, Aileen Ardizon, Director of Bilingual Services for the Cancer Information Service, explains how the number works and what type of servces are offered.
If you’re a health researcher looking for some grant funding, particularly for cancer-, minority- or obesity-focused projects, here is a helpful listing of funding agencies’ grant pages:
The U.S. Office of Minority Health
Susan G. Komen for the Cure
Amercian Association for Cancer Research
NIH Obesity Grants
NCCOR Obesity Grants
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas
Live Smart Texas
The Commonwealth Fund/Harvard University Fellowships in Minority Health Policy are now open to applicants for the 2011–12 fellowship year.
This unique fellowship is designed to prepare physicians for leadership roles in formulating and promoting health policies and practices that improve access to high-quality care for minority and other disadvantaged populations.
Based at Harvard Medical School under the direction of Dr. Joan Reede, the dean for diversity and community partnership, the year-long Minority Health Policy Fellowship offers intensive study in health policy, public health, and management. Fellows also participate in leadership forums and seminars with nationally recognized leaders in minority health and public policy. Under the program, fellows complete academic work leading to a master of public health degree at the Harvard School of Public Health.
The application deadline for the 2011–12 Fellowship is Jan. 3, 2011.
Nearly a decade after federal law was enacted to ensure that low-income and minority students had a fair shot at being assigned to strong teachers, students in high-poverty schools are still disproportionately taught by out-of-field and rookie teachers, according to a new report from The Education Trust.
And while the report, Not Prepared for Class, indicates that equity in teacher assignment patterns remains a major problem in inner-city and rural schools – particularly in mathematics – gaps in access to in-field teachers actually are widest in our nation’s suburbs and small towns.
Out-of-field teachers do not have state certification in their subject or a college major in that field.
“This puts America’s low-income students at an enormous disadvantage,” said Sarah Almy, director of teacher quality at The Education Trust and co-author of the report. “Students who are taught by educators with subject-area knowledge tend to achieve at higher levels than those who aren’t, especially in mathematics. So when low-income kids – the ones most likely to face outside-of-school challenges – are assigned to math classes taught by English majors, we are dramatically increasing the odds against their success and stacking the deck for failure.”
Read more from the report here.
Rave reviews are coming in for a visually stunning booklet featuring minority teens’ anti-smoking photos from a project for which eight San Antonio high-school students took photos and wrote captions to visually describe tobacco problems in their neighborhoods to policy-makers.
“This is a wonderful example of how to invigorate public health messaging and make it ‘sing’ within one of your priority populations. The involvement of youth in the planning and execution of the project in a meaningful way is something that should be replicated throughout other areas of the State. Congratulations to…all the ‘gang’ at the UT Health Science Center for working with the San Antonio Tobacco Prevention and Control Coalition to carry it out!” said Gail Sneden, a project director of Applied Research Tobacco Prevention and Control in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education at the University of Texas at Austin.
The project, sponsored by the San Antonio Tobacco Prevention and Control Coalition, paired tobacco prevention researchers at the Institute for Health Promotion Research at The UT Heath Science Center at San Antonio, the team behind SaludToday, with students in a youth program of the Family Service Association.
See the students’ photos and more about the project here.