Latino Health Access http://www.latinohealthaccess.org/index.shtml is an award winning, non-profit, 501c3 organization established in 1993. America Bracho founded Latino Health Access with the vision to promote healthy living and disease prevention. LHA uses participatory approaches to community health education. They train promotoras to be leaders of wellness and change. Programs offered arise from the needs of the community. Latino Health Access was featured in a PBS special entitled: FAT: What no one is telling you. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/takeonestep/fat/video-ch_10.html.
Latino Health Access
Last week, the Census Bureau released new data from the 2006 American Community Survey, covering geographic areas with populations over 65,000. Although there are lots of potentially useful insights contained in these data, there was one measure I found striking because I hadn’t been aware of its use before: “linguistic isolation.” The Census Bureau defines “linguistically isolated” households as those where all household members age 14 or older have difficulty with the English language. For the five largest counties in our service area, here’s how the figures break down, where…
- Column  represents households that speak English at home (as % of total households)
- Column  represents households that speak Spanish at home (as % of total households)
- Column  represents all linguistically isolated households (as % of total households)
- Column  represents Spanish-speaking linguistically isolated households (as % of total households)
|County (Major City)|| English|| Spanish|| Ling Iso|| LI Spanish|
|Bexar (San Antonio)||48.45%||47.15%||8.63%||8.16%|
|Cameron (Brownsville, Harlingen)||25.67%||73.02%||19.45%||19.28%|
|Hidalgo (Edinburg, McAllen, Mission)||13.93%||84.89%||21.35%||21.31%|
|Nueces (Corpus Christi)||51.27%||46.32%||7.42%||7.10%|
Perhaps there’s nothing here we didn’t already know — but perhaps looking at it this way provides a new perspective and can help to explain why health information services offered in English and Spanish can reach so much further here than those offered only in English.
Look What’s Coming in February and March, 2013!
Asset Based Community Development
Bringing Together: UT Health Science Center researchers, public health workers, area health professionals, community health workers (Promotores), public and academic librarians, Area Health Education Center Translational Advisory Boards (TABS), community health organizations, and more …
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Two Workshop Locations:
UTHSC San Antonio, TX: Thursday, February 21, 2013 1:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. email@example.com
UTHSC Harlingen, TX: Thursday, March 7, 2013 9A.M. to 12:00 Noon. firstname.lastname@example.org
Please email if you are interested in attending
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Low-Income Hispanic Women Eat Healthier
It’s often said that healthy food is too expensive to eat, especially on a budget. But a recent study of low-income women shows differently. The study involved low-income mothers who take part in the Head Start programs in Alabama and Texas. Results show that Hispanic women were more likely to eat larger amounts of fruits and vegetables than white or black women. It is thought that Hispanic women probably follow a more traditional diet, that includes more beans, grains and produce than the typical American diet.
Results of the study have been published in the April 2008 issue of Journal of the American Dietetic Association.
March is National Nutrition Month
We have a serious situation on our hands.
For the first time in the history of the world we are seeing great progress in the near complete eradication of hunger. While we have not solved the problem completely, it can be said that we are supplying food to at least most of the world. More of the poorer countries are learning agricultural techniques to insure a sustained food supply.
Why then, with such success, are we now facing a global epidemic of obesity? Perhaps nutrition cannot be defined merely as fuel for the body, but it must also include adequate work and exercise for the body. Nutritious foods can make us healthy, but food alone will not necessarily produce a total picture of health; we need also nutritious work and exercise to build good muscle, bone, blood and tissue.
Last year, a global study performed by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, (OECD), on the health of the world in general, found that more than half a billion people, or one in 10 adults worldwide, were obese and that obesity was spilling over from the wealthy into poorer nations. It’s become an epidemic.
So, what can be done?
Most healthcare professionals agree that the most obvious and imminent causes for over-weight and obesity problems are consumption of excess calories, unhealthy eating habits and insufficient physical activity among children and adults. Individuals in the medical sciences, are being called upon to be leaders in opening the eyes of our communities to see the inherent dangers that threaten us all.
Below is a collection of articles aimed at studying and addressing our complete nutritional problem. You may want to share some of these articles and videos with your clients, patients, students and caregivers. Together we can turn things around and help make lives better and healthier.
MedlinePlus Featured at 2011 San Antonio Community Health Worker/Promotor(a) Summit
On Friday, April 1st, the UT Health Science Center Briscoe Library exhibited at the 2011 San Antonio Community Health Worker/Promotor(a) Summit held at CHRISTUS Santa Rosa. Linda Levy and Peg Seger were there to demonstrate MedlinePlus for the Community Health Workers (CHWs) and other area health organizations in attendance. This year’s summit drew approximately 135 attendees, doubling the total for the previous year.
According to a 2010 Annual Report from the Texas Department of State Health Services:
As of December 31, 2010, there were 1,153 community health workers, an increase of 84% as compared to 625 community health workeers at the end of 2009.
The number of Texas counties with at least one certified community health worker grew form 49 counties at the end of 2009 to 82 counties as of December 31, 2010, an increase of 67%.
Community health workers must complete at least 20 hours of continuing education every two years to renew their certificate, including at least ten (10) DSHS-certified contact hours.
CHWs reach out to members of the community through school, church and home visits in order to provide health information to patient groups who are contending with chronic diseases or conditions such as diabetes, asthma, and hypertension. By increasing the level of health literacy in at-risk populations, health outcomes and disease management show improvement by utilizing individuals who are drawn from the community in which patients live. The level of trust built through these efforts facilitate the communication necessary for meaningful change and health improvement.
The summit was sponsored by the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio’s Patient Navigator Research Program, Northwest Vista College, Community Resources LLC, South Central Area Health Education Center and the San Antonio CHW/Promotor@ Association.
Mental Health Care
South Texas to Benefit from$5.3 Million Grant
Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas Inc. has recently awarded a $5.3 million grant to the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. The grant will help fund the creation of the South Texas Access to Recovery Program (STAR), and help address the shortage of behavioral and mental health care professionals in the region.
According to Professor Pedro Delgado, M.D., professor and chair of the Dept. of Psychiatry at the Health Science Center, “The need for mental health care professionals in South Texas is immense. Texas has only about half the number of mental health providers per 100,000 residents compared to the national average, and one in 20 South Texans will develop severe mental illness at some time in their life”.
Among the underserved population in South Texas there are very few mental health care professionals who can provide care to the South Texas region and STAR, it is hoped, will help address these issues.
The grant will also aid the Department of Psychiatry in creating a Community Behavioral Healthcare Track in which two psychiatry residents each year will be admitted to this new track within the four year residence program.
The School of Nursing will collaborate on the grant as well, and scholarships will be provided for psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner students.
To view the news article by Rosanne Fohn in its entirety, please click the link below:
Mental Health Services for Migrant Farmworkers
Last week the 20th annual Midwest Stream Farmworker Health Forum was held in Austin, with several speakers highlighting the need for improved access to mental health services. “Immigration is a mental health issue because it puts so much stress on parents and families,” according to Roger Rosenthal, director of the Migrant Legal Action Program (as reported in BataviaNews.com). A search of PubMed found an article in the American Journal of Public Health published in 2000, but otherwise there appears to be limited evidence of research in this area.
Mexicans Migrating to U.S. Face Greater Mental Health Problems
Are there greater mental health problems awaiting those who emigrate from Mexico to the United States compared to those who stay in Mexico? A recent study involving 550 Mexican-born migrants and 2,500 Mexicans who lived in their home country, points to that conclusion. According to Associate Professor Joshua Breslau, of the UC Davis School of Medicine and researcher with the UC Davis Center for Reducing Health Disparities, “The results suggest that after migrating from Mexico to the U.S., migrants are more likely to develop significant mental-health problems than individuals who remained in Mexico.” The greatest risk seems to be to those individuals 18-25 years of age, who migrate to the United States. They are four-and-a-half times more likely to suffer depression and three-and-a-half times more likely to suffer anxiety than those who remained in Mexico. Previous studies have shown that acculturation into American society is the cause of the deteriorating mental health.
Muevete USA: combatting obesity among Hispanic youth
Hispanic nursing students from San Antonio, Edinburg, Brownsville, Phoenix, and Chicago, all member of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN) are participating in the Muevete USA training curriculum. Through the curriculum, they will develop the skills necessary to become trainer-influencers to their communities, educating Hispanic youth and their families on the lifelong effects of childhood and adult obesity and to spread the message of benefitting from healthy choices in diet and exercise.
Norma Martinez Rogers, a professor of family and community health systems at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio (UTHSC), is the project director. The training curriculum will use a program called “Healthy Choices for Kids,” which is a summer camp run by medical and nursing students from UTHSC as a model of outreach in the five cities. Student interaction with children and their families may be part of afterschool programs, church programs, or outdoor meetings. The program will be implemented wherever there are children determined to be at risk for obesity. Thirty-five students from the participating cities and from Los Angeles gathered in San Antonio on March 5-6 to learn about Muevete USA. This program is funded through a generous grant from The Coca Cola Foundation, and Dr. Rogers said that this is the first time that the foundation has partnered with Hispanic nurses in their effects to combat obesity in Latino youth.