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Interested candidates can apply for the 2014 Éxito! Latino Cancer Research Leadership Training program from now to March 7, 2014.
Éxito!, a program of the Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR) at The UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, will select 20 master’s-level students and health professionals from across the nation to attend a five-day summer institute June 2-6, 2014, in San Antonio, offering research information, tools, tips, role models and motivation to encourage participants to pursue a doctoral degree and a career studying how cancer affects Latinos differently.
Éxito! participants also are eligible to receive one of nine $5,000 internships.
Master’s-degree students or master’s-trained health professionals are encouraged to apply.
Since launching in 2011, Éxito! has had 59 participants—and 15 of the 16 of those who went on to apply for a doctoral program have been accepted and are currently enrolled.
“Éxito! was a boost of confidence and a tremendous encouragement for me to apply to doctoral programs, said Mariana Arevalo, a graduate of the 2011 Éxito! program, which is funded by the National Cancer Institute. “Now more than ever, I’m confident that Latino researchers are not only needed in our field, but we can make a difference in improving the health of Latinos.”
Find more participant testimonials and learn more about the program at www.exitotraining.org.
The following is a Nov. 20 guest blog by Amelie G. Ramirez, director of the Institute for Health Promotion Research at the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio (the team behind SaludToday), for Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
I recently had the privilege of attending and presenting my Susan G. Komen-funded research on boosting Latina breast cancer survivorship through Patient Navigation at the 5th International Cancer Control Congress (ICCC) on Nov. 3-6, 2013, in Lima, Peru.
As a member of Komen’s Scientific Advisory Board, I was excited to be among the more than 400 health researchers and community leaders from throughout the world came together for this important meeting. Dr. Simon Sutcliffe of Vancouver, Canada, president of the ICCC and chair of the international steering committee, cited five key drivers for the group:
- improving human development;
- mobilizing a societal response to reduce cancer and other non-communicable diseases;
- improving population health;
- improving cancer treatment, management and care; and
- ensuring effective transfer of knowledge into action at a population level.
Dr. Carissa Etienne of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) also brought up the need to target three challenges: how to apply our current knowledge to reduce cancer; how to reduce cancer disparities; and how to implement comprehensive health care coverage to improve health for all.
How do we answer this call?
At the global level, Komen has invested more than $800 million in research and currently funds more than 500 active research grants. Since Komen’s inception in 1982, $89 million has been dedicated to more than 250 research grants focusing on health disparities. Komen is the largest non-governmental funder of breast cancer research, and its efforts to invest in translation from the lab into treatment, early detection and prevention align well with the goals of the ICCC conference.
My own Komen-funded research is addressing the burden among Latino populations.
Given that breast cancer is the top cancer killer of U.S. Latinas, my team at the Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR) at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio is testing ways to reduce the burden on this population. In one National Cancer Institute-funded study, researchers from our Redes En Acción project found that a culturally sensitive patient navigation program reduces time from cancer diagnosis to initial treatment and increases rates of treatment initiation within 30 and 60 days of diagnosis—resulting in lives saved.
In our Komen-funded “Staying Healthy” study, we’re testing how Latina breast cancer survivors in an enhanced patient navigation program go on to participate in screening and treatment plans, and how their quality of life is affected. Preliminary results show increased quality of life, indicating that the “Staying Healthy” program has the potential to be a global model of survivorship care.
At the conference, another research project that caught my attention was a study of women with metastatic breast cancer in three Latin American countries (Mexico, Brazil and Argentina) that showed two-thirds of women felt no one understood what they were going through, 41% said their support from family and friends diminished over time after the original diagnosis, and 74% would like professionals to have more consideration for their emotional needs. In addition, 76% stated they needed more information on the secondary effects and systems of this disease. This study was supported by Novartis oncology.
I was refreshed to not only hear and learn from studies like this one, but also present my Komen-funded research.
Having a role in conferences like this can grow relationships that have the potential to generate collaborations to eradicate breast cancer across the globe.
Find the latest advances in Latino health—from a new support group for young cancer survivors to obesity prevention—in IHPR Noticias, the newsletter from the Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR) at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, the team behind SaludToday.
IHPR Noticias has these stories and more:
- Story: “Breast Friends Forever” Support Group for Young Cancer Survivors in San Antonio (Pg 1)
- Profile: Inspired by Grandparents…The Story of the IHPR’s Rosalie Aguilar (Pg 2)
- Study: Obesity, Diabetes Biggest South Texas Health Threats (Pg 3)
- Video: Dr. Amelie Ramirez on the Future of Latino Health Care (Pg 4)
- Study: Síclovía Events Encourage Healthy Behaviors (Pg 6)
- Study: Racial/Ethnic Disparities Remain in Breast Cancer Rates (Pg 7)
- Resource: MiPlato Food Prep Tips, Recipes, Coloring Pages (Pg 9)
IHPR Noticias is jam-packed with even more info on the latest local and national health disparities-related news, resources and events.
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have story ideas.
Amy Cleveland, fresh out of college and just starting a career in marketing, discovered a coarse lump in her breast while putting on some tanning oil.
Only age 22, she was diagnosed with breast cancer.
“It was a struggle for me because I was young and there was no one my own age I could relate to or confide in about having cancer. People always say, ‘My mom had that,’ or, ‘My grandma had that.’ But it’s tough for young people,” Cleveland said.
Fortunately, Cleveland—now age 28 and free of cancer—found some “Breast Friends Forever,” thanks to a unique support group for young breast cancer survivors developed by the Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR) at the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio and Susan G. Komen San Antonio.
The BFF support group meets bimonthly to help young survivors bond with each other, get emotional support, and learn more about breast health from expert speakers.
“We want young survivors to build positive relationships with other survivors their age in a fun and educational setting, to improve their quality of life during and after breast cancer,” said Sandra San Miguel de Majors, a research instructor at the IHPR. “The BFF group is much-needed because breast cancer rates are rising about 2% a year in women ages 20-39.”
Breast cancer in younger women often is more aggressive with lower survival rates.
The estimated 250,000 U.S. breast cancer survivors diagnosed at age 39 or younger also face different challenges—such as dating and body image issues and starting a career and/or family and having to deal with chemotherapy treatment—than women diagnosed after 40.
San Miguel de Majors said young survivors often have few people to lean on.
“Through our research and outreach work I realized there are no support groups specifically for young breast cancer survivors. I thought, ‘Why not start one?’” said Sandra San Miguel de Majors, who oversees outreach for Redes En Acción, the IHPR’s national Latino cancer research network funded by the National Cancer Institute, and also sits on the board of directors for Komen San Antonio.
A few months ago, San Miguel de Majors brought her idea for a young survivors’ support group to Elyse Alaniz, mission director for Komen San Antonio. They recruited three young survivors—Cleveland, Brenda Garza, and Tanya Del Valle—and formed a planning committee.
They wanted to invite young survivors to meet periodically to share their cancer experiences, bond emotionally, and learn from each other.
But they wanted to offer more than just peer support.
“The element of practical support often is overlooked. At each BFF meeting, we bring in a medical expert to teach survivors about healthy lifestyles, or schedule community service projects,” Alaniz said. “We want to do even more, too, like conduct a healthy cooking demonstration or organize a group exercise session.”
At the first BFF meeting in June 2013, several survivors traded stories, laughed, and enjoyed food at Rosario’s Mexican Cafe y Cantina. At the second meeting in August, 15 survivors learned some nutrition and exercise tips from local oncologist.
Now more than 20 survivors regularly attend BFF meetings.
The BFF group now is reaching out to more young survivors through a web page and Facebook group page, while also giving back: On Oct. 30, 2013, the group will meet at a local eatery to increase cancer awareness, raise funds for underserved women and support one another.
“We really want to take a comprehensive approach to help young survivors in every way possible,” San Miguel de Majors said.
Dr. Amelie G. Ramirez, who directs the IHPR and the Redes network and sits on Komen’s national scientific advisory board, is excited about the group’s potential.
“It is fantastic to see this group taking many angles to address the gap that exists for support for young cancer survivors, especially Latina survivors,” Ramirez said. “I’m proud of Sandra for taking the initiative to find another way to help cancer patients.”
Cleveland is glad young survivors have a place to go where they can feel comfortable.
“I’m always telling my friends about this group, and that, while cancer can strike at a young age, you’re not the only one,” she said. “There is a group out with women in it who have been through what you’re going through, and can help.”
The videos, which are also available in English, explore the latest research into how six critical topics—marketing, school snacks, sugary drinks, neighborhood food environments, active play and access to active spaces—impact Latino child health.
The videos also feature evidence-based recommendations on how to address the problem.
The child-narrated videos are part of a six new packages of research materials produced by Salud America!, a national research network on Latino childhood obesity that is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and based at the Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR) at the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio.
Each topic’s package contains: a research review, an assessment of all available scientific evidence on the topic; an issue brief, a short summary of the research review; an animated video narrated by Latino children; and an infographic, a visual summary of the topic.
Materials are available for download here.
Deborah Parra-Medina, Ph.D., a professor at the Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR) at the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, was given the prestigious Mayhew Derryberry Award from the Public Health Education and Health Promotion section of the American Public Health Association (APHA).
The award, given annually, recognizes outstanding contribution of behavioral scientists to the field of health education, health promotion and/or health communications research or theory.
Parra-Medina has more than two decades of research and interventions in chronic disease prevention with underserved groups, including women, Hispanics, immigrants, youth and financially disadvantaged populations in diverse geographic and community settings.
She will be recognized at a lunch Nov. 5, 2013, at the 141st APHA Annual Meeting in Boston.
“I am honored to receive this award named for Mayhew Derryberry, who worked to instill in scientists the vital role of health education in improving people’s health,” Parra-Medina said. “I wholeheartedly agree that health education and promotion are key components to solve health inequalities that exist among certain populations, including Latinos.”
At the IHPR, Parra-Medina leads several projects, including:
- Training peer educators to provide navigation support and outreach/education on HPV to Latina mothers and daughters in South Texas;
- The “Be Fit with Friends” intervention to give Latina Girl Scouts options—from basic fitness equipment to volunteer opportunities to online social media, fitness video games and text messaging—to overcome barriers to physical activity in San Antonio;
- The “Y Living” program that uses e-mails, text messaging and other activities to help San Antonio families increase healthy living and reduce cancer risk; and
- Enlace, a promotora-led physical activity to promote moderate-to-vigorous physical activity among Latinas in South Texas.
Parra-Medina’s “Be Fit with Friends” Leader Manual also will receive an award in the “training materials” category at the APHA meeting.
“Deborah’s work is making a meaningful impact on the health of the Latino population in South Texas and beyond,” said IHPR Director Amelie G. Ramirez, Dr.P.H. “She is very deserving of this award and recognition.”
This puts them at higher risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer at advanced stages.
These public service announcements were developed by researchers at Redes En Acción, a national network dedicated to reducing Latino cancer. Redes is funded by the National Cancer Institute and directed by the Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR) at the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, the team behind SaludToday.
But there’s good news.
Attending Síclovía on Sept. 29, 2013, may open the door to a healthier future for families across the city, according to a new study.
More than half of Síclovía attendees say they improved their physical activity behaviors after attending the event, according to the preliminary findings of a study presented this afternoon at a press conference by representatives of the YMCA of Greater San Antonio and the Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR) at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.
“Since the inception of Síclovía, participants have shared with us how the event encouraged them to adopt a healthier lifestyle,” says Sandy Morander of the YMCA of Greater San Antonio. “We are thrilled that this study confirms we are having an impact on a significant number of attendees. My hope is that on September 29 that even more families come out to play in the street and see that physical activity can be fun.”
The study was conducted during San Antonio’s last Síclovía event on April 7, 2013, and included surveys from 373 participants.
- 53% of respondents reported they changed their physical activity level after attending a Síclovía event.
- 48% of respondents reported they tried a new activity at the event.
- 43% of respondents reported they would not have been physically active the day of Síclovía had it not been for the event.
- 87% of people came to the event with their family and/or friends.
“We were excited to find that Síclovía is a family-oriented event that motivated non-active people to get off the couch and try new activities that they otherwise might have missed, and also sparked people to adopt healthier behaviors after the event, too,” said Dr. Deborah Parra-Medina, professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at the IHPR at the UT Health Science Center. “Given that physical activity is scientifically proven to improve health and reduce the risk of disease, our results clearly demonstrate this event plays a role in improving San Antonio’s health.”
Síclovía is a free event hosted twice a year by the YMCA of Greater San Antonio.
At the event, a major street (Broadway between Lion’s Field Park and Alamo Plaza) is closed to vehicular traffic for several hours to provide a safe, open space to “play in the street.” Participants walk, run bike and skate through the closed street, stopping at “reclovias” along the way that provide a variety of activities, including exercise demonstrations, a skate park, a pet area and a healthy food area.
The next Síclovía will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 29, 2013, on Broadway.
For more information, go here.
Half of all Hispanic children will develop diabetes, health officials say, KENS-TV reports.
In South Texas, where the population is mostly Hispanic, diabetes and obesity are the top biggest threats to health, given their link to certain cancers, heart disease, stroke, and more.
South Texas, a 38-county region spanning 45,000 square miles along the Texas-Mexico border and northward up to San Antonio and Bexar County, is home to 18 percent of the state’s population. Yet, South Texas residents who are predominantly Hispanics struggle with lower educational levels, less income and less access to health care, setting the stage for disease, according to the South Texas Health Status Review, an examination of health problems in the region by the Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR) at the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio.
“Rates of diabetes and obesity in South Texas were higher than in the rest of Texas and nation,” said IHPR researcher Dr. Dorothy Long Parma. “That makes diabetes prevention a critical need.”
Healthy lifestyle changes, such as eating healthier and participating in more physical activity, can reduce the risk of developing diabetes and improve health, Dr. Long Parma said.
The U.S. Hispanic population, while still anchored in traditional settlement areas, continues to disperse across the U.S., according to a Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data.
Today, about 75% of the nation’s Latino population are in California, Texas, Florida, New York, Illinois, Arizona, New Jersey and Colorado.
But with the dispersal of the U.S. Latino population across the country, this share is down from 79% in 2000 and 83% in 1990.
This finding is part of the Pew Research Center’s Hispanic population updates for every state and county, plus the 60 largest Hispanic metropolitan areas, as well as updated demographic and economic profiles of the Hispanic population for the states and those 60 metro areas.
See the newest maps at the Pew Hispanic Center’s Latinos by Geography page.
Among the key findings by state:
- More than half (55%) of the U.S. Hispanic population resides in three states: California, Texas and Florida. California has the nation’s largest Hispanic population, with about 14.4 million Hispanics. California’s Hispanic population alone accounts for more than one-fourth (28%) of U.S. Hispanics.
- New Mexico has the highest Hispanic population share (46.7% of the state’s population) among the 50 states and District of Columbia.
Among the key findings by county:
- The 10 largest counties by Hispanic population account for almost one-third (30%) of the country’s Hispanic population.
- Among all 3,143 counties in the U.S., 87 are majority Hispanic. Of those, 56 are in Texas.
Among the key findings by metropolitan area:
- More than four-in-ten (44%) Hispanics live in the 10 largest metropolitan areas by Hispanic population.
- The Los Angeles-Long Beach metropolitan area has the nation’s largest Latino population (5.8 million) and alone accounts for about 11% of Latinos nationally.
- In Miami, 66% of the Hispanic population is foreign born, a share higher than any of the top 60 metro areas and the only metro area in the top 10 in which more than half of Hispanics are foreign born. By contrast, only 17% of Hispanics in the San Antonio area are foreign born. For U.S. Hispanics overall, the foreign-born share is 36%.
View more here.