The National Alliance for Hispanic Health has “released findings from a national survey of Hispanic and non-Hispanic parents investigating potential barriers to diagnosis and treatment of ADHD, as well as parents’ awareness and perception of ADHD treatment.” The information can be found under the Alliance News section of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health site.
Staying Well. Connected.
New ADHD Research
Secondhand smoke dangerous for children
On September 18, 2007, the Surgeon General reemphasized that secondhand smoke causes premature death and disease in children and that US children are more heavily exposed to secondhand smoke than nonsmoking adults. The 2006 Surgeon General’s report noted that 60 percent of US children aged 3-11 years “nearly 22 million young people” are exposed to secondhand smoke. See the report excerpt at http://www.cdc.gov/Features/ChildrenAndSmoke/
Resignation of 16 ER Physicians at Valley Baptist Medical Center-Harlingen
From the Valley Morning Star (and with thanks to Monica Tovar).
School-based asthma surveillance program
An article published last year in the Journal of School Health describes the development of a school-based asthma surveillance program for Texas elementary schools.
American Psychiatric Association contributes to Hispanic Heritage Month
In recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month, the American Psychiatric Association has launched its newest Let’s Talk Facts brochure – Mental Health in the Hispanic Community ” aimed at addressing the mental health needs and issues impacting the Hispanic and Latino Community. The brochure is available in both English and Spanish. According to the APA, “among Hispanic Americans with a mental disorder, fewer than 1 in 11 contact mental health specialists, while fewer than 1 in 5 contact general health care providers”. Minority groups tend to view mental illness as another label added to their already stigmatized cultures. The APA Expert Opinion is a monthly column by experts from the American Psychiatric Association. This month’s installment features experts from the American Psychiatric Association’s Committee of Hispanic Psychiatrists discussing attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children and adolescents and depression in Hispanic children. The national observance of Hispanic Heritage Month is set annually from Sept. 15 through Oct. 15 to recognize the achievements of Hispanic Americans and their rich contributions to the heritage of the nation.
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.
Stay in Circulation
MedlinePlus and the National Heart, Lung & Blood Institute remind us that this week (September 17-21) is Stay in Circulation Week, encouraging awareness of Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD), which affects one in 20 Americans over the age of 50. Learn more on the MedlinePlus topic page for Peripheral Vascular Diseases.
Water of the Year
Congratulations to three South Texas organizations who recently won the 2007 Desalination Project of the Year award from the WateReuse Association. The Brownsville Public Utilities Board, Harlingen-based NRS Consulting Engineers, and North Alamo Water Supply Corp. received the award during a ceremony in Tampa on September 10. The winning projects include groundwater desalination projects in Willacy, Hidalgo, and Cameron counties and Texas’s first seawater desalination project, in Brownsville.
Full Text of the Report on San Antonio Health Systems
Full text of the report on San Antonio health systems mentioned in the San Antonio Express News, “Urgent Matters: An Assessment of the Safety Net in San Antonio” is available online.
National Cholesterol Education Month
September is National Cholesterol Education Month and the National Cholesterol Education Program (NCEP) has created the 2007 National Cholesterol Education Month Kit … an online tool to pass along cholesterol lowering information to the general public. Their theme is Know your cholesterol numbers–Know your risk–Give yourself some TLC.