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A free telephone/web education program available in English, Spanish or Portuguese is set for 1-2:30 p.m. EST on Sept. 13, 2012.
The program, NHL (non-Hodgkin lymphoma) & CLL (chronic lymphocytic leukemia) Diagnosis and Treatment Update, will feature speaker Dr. Christopher R. Flowers from The Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta. Participants will have the opportunity to ask Dr. Flowers a question during the program.
This program is sponsored by The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) in collaboration with Abrale and Alianza Latina and supported by a grant from Genentech and Biogen Idec. The continuing education portion is sponsored by LLS.
To register, go 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.
The first-ever National Prevention Week (NPW), which will take place from May 20 to 26, 2012, is expected to bring communities together through local events that focus on the prevention of substance abuse and the promotion of mental, emotional, and behavioral well-being.
Find a local event in your community to raise awareness around these important behavioral health issues.
Each weekday of National Prevention Week, supported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), will focus on a suggested behavioral health topic. Communities are encouraged to promote any of these themes in their events throughout the week:
- Monday, May 21 – Prevention of Underage Drinking
- Tuesday, May 22 – Prevention of Prescription Drug Abuse and Illicit Drug Use
- Wednesday, May 23 – Prevention of Alcohol Abuse
- Thursday, May 24 – Suicide Prevention
- Friday, May 25 – Promotion of Mental, Emotional and Behavioral Well-Being
How else can you get involved during National Prevention Week 2012?
- Commit to a healthy lifestyle free of substance abuse by taking the Prevention Pledge in Spanish, and download and print copies for others in your community.
- Use fact sheets and information in the National Prevention Week Toolkit during and after National Prevention Week to help spread awareness about behavioral health issues. Additional Spanish-language resources are available as well.
Visit the National Prevention Week Web site for more information about how to get involved in this national observance, SAMHSA’s Strategic Initiatives and the National Prevention Strategy, and community and programmatic resources related to the five themes of National Prevention Week.
The Center for Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships has launched an interactive toolkit in Spanish for faith-based and community leaders to learn about the various ways they can partner with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Designed specifically for the Latino Community, the La Mesa Completa Pastor’s Toolkit describes federal nutrition assistance programs from the lens of a pastor or community leader interacting with members of their community.
The toolkit includes helpful links, best practices, stories, and even videos of personal testimonies of how federal programs are helping families get the nutrition they need.
Latino patients reported significantly higher rates of pain, numbness, cognition difficulties, vomiting and severe sadness than non-Hispanics in a recent survey of 622 cancer patients awaiting appointments at three hospitals in the Bronx, New York City’s poorest borough, Internal Medicine News reports.
About 45% of Hispanic patients reported moderate to severe pain, more than twice the percentage of whites (20%) and also more than African Americans (37%).
On some measures, differences were seen between Latino patients who spoke English and those who did not. For example, 64 percent of Spanish-dominant Hispanics reported fatigue, compared with 49 percent of English-dominant Hispanic patients.
Read more about the survey here.
A new online Spanish-language videonovela, Aprende a vivir (Learn to Live), features messages to help diabetes patients compare their treatment options to find a regimen that works best for them.
The three-episode videonovela series, being distributed by the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), tells the story of Don Felipe, who has type 2 diabetes and is head of the Jiménez family, and how he is having a problem learning to manage his disease.
Don Felipe, with the support of his family, comes to understand that he needs to speak with his health care team about his treatment options rather than skip his medication because of side effects.
Episode 3 will be released May 10, 2012.
Nearly 12% of Hispanics age 20 or older had been diagnosed with diabetes.
Find more in Spanish on diabetes here.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently launched a Spanish version of its vaccine information website, which aims to answer questions, educate about diseases that vaccines prevent, and connect individuals with resources to keep themselves and their families healthy.
The Spanish version of the site includes the following:
- Easy-to-read vaccine recommendation schedules for all age groups and health conditions;
- Clear information about vaccines and the diseases they prevent;
- Tips on travel immunizations and staying healthy abroad;
- Resources regarding vaccine requirements for school or child care entry;
- Info on where to get vaccinated and programs to make immunizations more affordable, including a community clinic locator; and
- Tools to share content via social media
To visit the English version, click here.
To visit the Spanish version, click here.
Thanks to the Border Health Commission for the tip on the new website.
What’s your excuse?
A new bilingual public service announcement (PSA) from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) addresses common excuses and misconceptions that lead people to delay or avoid getting screened for colorectal cancer.
The PSA features men and women who voice their personal reasons for not being screened, while an off-camera announcer responds by providing facts about colorectal cancer screening and its importance. Adults ages 50-59, Hispanics, and persons with lower income, less than a high school education, and without health insurance were least likely to have been screened for colorectal cancer, according to CDC statistics.
Watch in English:
Watch in Spanish:
The National Cancer Institute (NCI) has launched a new mobile website, m.cancer.gov.
Available in English and Spanish, m.cancer.gov provides cancer patients, their loved ones, and their caregivers with credible, current information about:
- A wide range of cancer types
- Cancer diagnosis and treatment
- Dealing with treatment side effects
- Questions to ask your doctor
- Breaking and current cancer news
- A dictionary of cancer terms that includes audio pronunciations
- One-touch connection to NCI’s 1-800-4-CANCER information specialist line
In the future, additional content, including information about clinical trials, will be added to m.cancer.gov.
Check out Text4baby, a free bilingual mobile information service that provides pregnant women and new moms with information to help them care for their health and give their babies the best possible start in life.
Sign up for the service by texting BABY (or BEBE for Spanish) to 511411.
Once enrolled, three free SMS messages are sent each week, timed to either a woman’s due date or baby’s date of birth.
Text4baby has proven beneficial effects, according to a recent study of 122 women by the National Latino Research Center at California State University, San Marcos, and the University of California, San Diego:
- 64% reported text4baby helped them remember an appointment or immunization they or their child needed.
- 75.4% reported that a text4baby message informed them of medical warning signs they did not know.
- 71.3% reported talking to their doctor about a topic that they read on a text4baby message.
Text4baby, an educational program of the National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition (HMHB), launched two years and has enrolled almost 300,000 subscribers and sent more than 28 million text messages. The program has more than 700 outreach partners including MTV, the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy, and more.