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Latino Child Health News

Salud America! is daily curating healthy policy changes, resources to enable healthy changes, and captivating stories and videos of real Salud Heroes of healthy change to promote a healthy weight for Latino kids!

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Scientific Articles

Curating Latino Health Info for a New Generation

At Salud America! and SaludToday, we use "digital content curation" to raise awareness of Latino child health issues, as well as promote solutions and build people’s capacity to change these issues. Our digital health curation model, published in February 2016 in the Journal of Communication in Healthcare, sifts through the massive amounts of content created across the Internet to identify and bring our audience to targeted, relevant and engaging content.

Addressing Latino Childhood Obesity Through Research and Policy: Findings from the Salud America! Experience

Guided grocery store trips, menu labeling at restaurants, community gardens, and video-game-based exercise programs are among several promising, culturally appropriate ways to prevent obesity among Latino children, according to a collection of studies from Salud America! published in a supplement to the March 2013 issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. The supplement focuses on Salud America! achievements in the past five years and features 19 papers of groundbreaking research focused on Latino children and families.

Salud America! Developing a National Latino Childhood Obesity Research Agenda

Salud America! conducted a national Delphi survey among researchers and stakeholders to yield the first-ever National Latino Childhood Obesity Research Agenda. The agenda, published in the journal Health Education and Behavior in June 2011, provides a framework to stimulate research and collaboration among investigators, providers, and communities, and inform policy makers about the epidemic’s seriousness and specific needs for priority funding. The agenda ranks family as the main ecological level to prevent Latino childhood obesity—followed by community, school, society, and individual—and ranks top research priorities in each level.



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Scientific Summits

Salud America Summit4th Annual Salud America! Scientific Summit
May 15-17, 2013
Marriott Plaza, San Antonio, Texas

About 200 local leaders and national stakeholders gathered for the 4th Annual Salud America! Summit from May 15 to 17, 2013, in San Antonio, Texas, to discuss ways to transform Latino communities into healthier places, and to reduce Latino childhood obesity.

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3rd Annual Salud America! Scientific Summit
September 14-16, 2011
Hotel Contessa, San Antonio, Texas
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About 75 Salud America! and RWJF leaders and grantees discussed innovations in Latino childhood obesity research in San Antonio, Texas.

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Salud America Summit2nd Annual Salud America! Scientific Summit
September 22-24, 2010
Hotel Contessa, San Antonio, Texas

About 75 Salud America! and RWJF leaders and grantees discussed innovations in Latino childhood obesity research in San Antonio, Texas.

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Inaugural Salud America! Scientific Summit
September 9-11, 2009
Gunter Hotel, San Antonio, Texas

About 200 leading researchers, policy-makers and community leaders attended the Summit for a series of panels and discussions on a variety of topics–policy, built environment, nutrition, physical activity, and marketing—related to Latino childhood obesity.

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Special guest speakers included:

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  • Dr. Richard H. Carmona, 17th Surgeon General of the United States
  • Ex-NBA player Sean Elliott and his wife, health columnist Claudia Zapata
  • Champion cyclist Lance Armstrong
  • Texas Sen. Eddie Lucio Jr.
  • Several Robert Wood Johnson Foundation dignitaries

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“The summit went a long way in increasing awareness of the challenge of childhood obesity among Latinos,” said Dr. Amelie Ramirez, director of Salud America! and the Institute for Health Promotion Research at the Health Science Center. “The summit also enhanced knowledge of the work being done to reduce the epidemic and created opportunities for collaboration.”