“The goal of BBHW is to promote sustainable partnerships to address border health problems. Intended outcomes include increased community and inter-agency networking relationships, increased information sharing and educational opportunities, and increased awareness of the BHC including state and local initiatives.” The BBHW site provides information about programs and activities by state, including conferences for health professionals and health fairs for consumers.
Border Binational Health Week: October 14-19, 2007
Border Health Conference in D.C.
The Rio Grande Guardian reported on the 5th Annual Border Conference which takes place this Wednesday:
The Border Health Caucus represents more than 9,000 members, comprising the Texas Medical Association’s county medical societies along the border, plus Bexar and Nueces county societies. The BHC is hosting the 5th Annual Border Health Conference, which takes place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday in the North Congressional Meeting Room in the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center.
Among those slated to speak on this panel are J. Manuel de la Rosa, founding dean of the Texas Tech Health Science Center in El Paso, Sam Howarth, director of policy and multicultural health at the New Mexico Department of Health, Don McBeath, director of advocacy for the Texas Organization of Rural and Community Hospitals, Jaime Flores Neder, former president of the Juarez Medical Society, F. Sam Notzon, director of the international statistics program for the National Center for Health Statistics, and Leonel Vela, regional dean of the Regional Academic Health Center in the Rio Grande Valley.
Briscoe Library Participates in the 2nd Annual San Antonio CHW/Promotor(a) Summit
Over 140 Community Health Workers (CHWs) attended the 2nd Annual San Antonio CHW/Promotor(a) Summit held on June 8th. Community Health Workers, also known as Promotores, are widely recognized as a vital part of the public health workforce in part by providing health literacy training and patient navigation services to undeserved populations. Through the many roles played by CHWs, the health disparities that exist in many parts of our nation are more effectively addressed on a community level. Texas is only one of 2 states that currently offer certification programs for CHWs.
The UT Health Science Center Briscoe Library attended the summit to promote resources from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) that support public health workers and health consumers alike with trusted health and research information. Peg Seger, Head of Outreach Services, and Patrick Lemelle, Outreach Library Assistant, provided demonstrations on MedlinePlus and PubMed while distributing and answering questions on many other NLM products and services. Of particular interest were the NLM Mobile Apps and Sites.
Earlier in the year, the Briscoe Library had collaborated with the University Health System CareLink program on a video in which the partnership between the library and the University Health System CareLink program was featured with a focus on the CareLink Patient Education Initiative: Using MedlinePlus Videos to Reach the Underserved. The CareLink Patient Education Initiative depends heavily on student interns from the Northwest Vista College Community Health Program in San Antonio. The video was played for summit attendees during a presentation by Rafael Maldonado, CareLink Education Director. This and a new MedlinePlus exhibit banner created quite a bit of additional interest in the use of NLM resources such as MedlinePlus.
Briscoe Library Outreach Services Assistant Patrick Lemelle and new MedlinePlus exhibit banner
Some Key Texas CHW Facts:
In the state of Texas, 280 individuals graduated from a DSHS-certified community health worker certification training program of at least 160 hours in 2011. A total of 53 instructors were newly certified…As of December 31, 2011, there were 1,583 community health workers, an increase of 37% as compared to 1,153 community health workers at the end of 2010. The number of Texas counties with at least one certified community health worker grew from 82 counties at the end of 2010 to 101 counties as of December 31, 2011, an increase of 23%. In the UT Health Science Center Libraries outreach services area, Hidalgo County has 153, Bexar 106, Cameron 98, Webb 25, Starr 7, and Willacy 0. Bexar county along with Webb, Hidalgo and Cameron are all locations for Promotor(a)/Community Health Worker Training & Certification Programs.
Texas Department of State Health Services, Community Health Workers – Promotor(a) or Community Health Worker Training and Certification Program. 2011 Annual Report: Promotor(a) or Community Health Worker Training and Certification Advisory Committee. Available at: http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/mch/chw/workforce.aspx . Accessed 6/15/12
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Conference: Cultivating Healthy Communities
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will host the 20th National Conference on Chronic Disease Prevention and Control: Cultivating Healthy Communities next February 23-25 in Washington, DC. Conference presenters are expected to share relevant information on innovations in science, policy, community interventions, health marketing, and information technology that support healthy lifestyles and cultivate healthy communities.
The conference is scheduled for February 23-25, 2009 at the Gaylord National Convention Center in National Harbor, MD.
For registration and conference information, visit http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/conference/index.htm.
Developing Healthy People 2020 – Upcoming Regional Meetings
Discussion and collaboration in the development of the next Healthy People http://www.healthypeople.gov/ document is starting next week in Atlanta. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has planned five meetings to discuss the framework for Healthy People 2020 in regional settings. The final meeting will seek to gain input from national organizations.
According to healthypeople.gov, the purpose of the regional meetings is “To obtain public perspectives on the framework that will be used to organize Healthy People 2020 objectives.” Registration for regional meetings is still open for San Francisco (April 1), Fort Worth (April 14), Chicago (April 30), New York (May 14), and Bethesda (May 28).
For more information on the Healthy People 2020 development initiative, visit http://www.healthypeople.gov/hp2020/.
To stay up-to-date on Healthy People and receive e-mail notices of publications, grants, events, and websites consider subscribing to the listserv. Visit https://list.nih.gov/archives/healthypeople.html for directions.
getHip 2010 kicked off at the annual Texas Library Association Conference at the San Antonio Convention Center on April 14. The half day preconference was a follow up to getHIP 2008, which saw librarians, school nurses, teachers, school administrators, health educators, and health sciences librarians come together to discuss a coordinated approach to school health. This year’s conference aimed to build on the success of getHIP 2008, and by connecting it to the TLA conference, hoped to bring a diverse set of ideas and collaboration from across Texas Libraries.
Dr. Pat Cooper, the Chief Executive Officer of the Early Childhood and Family Learning Foundation in New Orleans, LA, delivered an inspiring keynote address detailing his struggles and accomplishments with improving the school system in McComb, Mississippi. His address detailed the Coordinated School Health Program, a program that Dr. Cooper instituted at the McComb School District and described as “creating a nurturing family within the school system.” The program has had significant success in raising graduation rates, improving the health and well being of students, and providing a nurturing environment conducive to learning.
After Dr. Cooper’s address, a panel of health professionals and librarians from across Texas delivered presentations illustrating their own research and experiences delivering quality and relevant health information to children and families of Texas and promoting health careers among young people. Participants to the conference then had a chance to work in small group workshops and brain storm plans of action for implementing the ideas of the speakers into their own communities.
By bringing together informative presenters and motivated health care professional and librarians, getHIP 2010 has taken a positive step towards providing Texas schools and families with access to the health information and resources they need to make their lives better.
Hablando de la Salud de la Mujer
From KLRN’s media release:
This weekend, at their annual women’s health conference, KLRN will honor the work of Martha I. Castilla, Executive Director of the Edgewood Family Network (EFN) while also showcasing the work of Martinez Street Women’s Center Maternal and Child Health Promotora Program.
Castilla began EFN with a small group of dedicated Latina mothers from the Westside of San Antonio women who were frustrated by the lack of culturally competent health information that was available to low-income Latina women. Through collaborations, EFN has now grown to be a community-led organization of residents, supporters, neighborhood groups, public agencies and local businesses working together to identify, address and resolve key issues for Latinas and their families.
Founded in the summer of 1999 by a group of women from diverse professional backgrounds, the Martinez Street Women’s Center aims to create a community space to promote the health and well-being of women and girls in San Antonio. The education, parenting, and counseling services provide long-term affirmation and support for women, girls and their families, enabling them to overcome barriers and make positive choices for their overall health and well-being.
KLRN — the public television station serving South Central Texas — is recognizing Martha Castilla and the Martinez Street Women’s Center as part of the 2nd Hablando de la Salud de la Mujer , a day for the women in the community. On Saturday, September 20, women of all ages will gather for health screenings, breakout sessions, a breakfast and a formal luncheon, presentations by nationally known keynote speakers, as well as a tote bag filled with numerous gifts and giveaways. Tickets are $25.
“We [KLRN] are proud to provide this opportunity for women to join us for a day-long adventure into their own lives,” said Joanne Winik, General Manager of KLRN. “This event not only brings together families and friends, but it provides women a chance to discover more about their own health and well-being. And we are particularly pleased with the keynote speakers chosen for this year who encourage women to foster positive attitudes, confidence and passion throughout their daily lives.”
KLRN-TV Channel 9 is the Public Television station for South Central Texas and broadcasts to a 30-county radius. The mission of KLRN is to use the power of telecommunications to provide quality programs and services which advance education, culture and community, to enrich the lives of people throughout South Central Texas.
About Speaking of Women’s Health
Speaking of Women’s Health’s mission is to “educate women to make informed decisions about health, well-being and personal safety for themselves and their families.” The 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization educates and empowers women nationwide through more than 50 conferences and events across the country. The foundations programs include Speaking of Women’s Health, Universal Sisters and Hablando de la Salud de la Mujer; community events and education centers with free health brochures in Wal-Mart stores nationwide; a free quarterly newsletter, a Web site and a daily television show, “Lifetime’s Speaking of Women’s Health.”
Speaking of Women’s Health is supported by National Sponsors Wal-Mart, Lifetime, Tylenol, Zyrtec, Kellogg’s, L’Oréal Paris, Maybelline New York, Garnier, Cadbury Schweppes Americas Beverages, Kellogg’s Snacks, Gardasil [Human Papillomavirus Quadrivalent (Types 6, 11, 16, and 18) Vaccine, Recombinant], Slim-Fast, Promise Activ, Vaseline, Degree, Kleenex, Huggies, Kotex, Dove Chocolate, Meredith Corporation, Stryker, One A Day and Citracal.
Locally, the Hablando de la Salud de la Mujer is supported by: Aetna, Metro Health, Texas Beef Council, DividedWeFail.org, Gastroenterology Clinic of San Antonio, IBC Bank, Thompson Print and Mail Solutions, San Antonio Magazine and Telemundo San Antonio.