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Thanksgiving is a time for giving back.
It’s a perfect opportunity to raise your voice and take action to create health equity for Latino and all families this holiday season!
1. Make a Comment on Public Charge!
Every family deserves a fair and just opportunity to be as healthy as possible.
But the Trump administration’s proposed change to the Public Charge rule could penalize legal immigrants if they use public benefits, such as food assistance or housing, according to the National Immigration Law Center.
The government wants your input on this by Dec. 10, 2018!
- COPY the below model comment.
- HIT “Comment Now” button.
- PASTE the comment with YOUR EDIT.
Immigrant families deserve a fair and just opportunity to be as healthy as possible, just like all people in (ADD NAME OF MY TOWN/STATE), where I am a (ADD YOUR OCCUPATION). Immigrant and minority populations already suffer a big lack of access to support for economic and educational success, and quality healthcare, according to a research review by the Salud America! program at salud.to/famsupport. Under the proposed changes to the Public Charge rule, immigrant parents and families could be increasingly forced to make a heartbreaking choice: keep their kids healthy and fed by enrolling them in health coverage and food assistance programs, or risk being separated from them. Please withdraw the proposed change.
2. Share Your Town’s Health Report Card!
With our Salud America! Salud Report Card, you can select your county and get customized data on local obesity, food access, physical activity, and health equity issues compared to the state and nation, and comparing Latinos to non-Latinos.
You can then email your Salud Report Card to school, city, and elected leaders.
3. Start a School Food Pantry!
About 1 in 6 children are food insecure. They don’t know where their next meal is coming from.
Your school can help these kids!
The new Salud America! “School Food Pantry Action Pack” is a free guide to help school personnel talk to decision-makers, work through logistics, and start a School Food Pantry to help hungry students and reduce local food insecurity.
A School Food Pantry accepts, stores, and redistributes donated and leftover food to students.
The Action Pack was created by Dr. Amelie G. Ramirez, director of Salud America! at UT Health San Antonio. Dr. Ramirez had input from Jenny Arredondo, nutrition director at San Antonio ISD, who started school food pantries on 10 campuses in 2017-18, based on a Texas law change led by Diego Bernal.
4. Create a Trauma-Sensitive School!
The new Salud America! “Trauma Sensitive School Action Pack” is a free guide with coaching to help school personnel talk to decision-makers, build a support team, craft a system to identify and support traumatized students, and more!
Our Salud America! team, led by Dr. Amelie G. Ramirez of the Institute for Health Promotion Research at UT Health San Antonio, is thankful for the opportunity to drive messages of health equity across the nation.
Thank you for visiting our website. Thank you for your strong interest in health equity.