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Volunteering for Christmas and New Year’s helps other people and is proven to give the volunteer an emotional boost, too.
So why not volunteer your “voice”?
Speak up with these six actions to promote health equity for Latino and all families this holiday season!
1. Help Shape the “Healthy People 2030” Objectives!
Childhood trauma. Adverse childhood experiences. Toxic stress.
These are NOT FOUND in the proposed objectives for Healthy People 2030.
Send an email now to speak up for childhood trauma to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to ensure the Healthy People 2030 objectives guide our nation in addressing the leading public health concerns and driving unique solutions for Latino and all people!
Emails must be in by Jan. 17, 2019.
2. Tell USDA: Save SNAP (Again)!
SNAP food assistance is at risk again, and we need your help.
Just days after legislators protected SNAP in the Farm Bill, the Trump Administration on Dec. 20, 2018, proposed a SNAP regulation that could eliminate food assistance for unemployed and underemployed people in areas with insufficient jobs; undo long-settled regulations; increase hunger and nutrition-related diseases; and increase poverty, the Food Research & Action Center reports.
You can make a public comment to tell USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue how much you value SNAP, and urge him to ensure the program continues to feed Latino and all disadvantaged families.
3. Submit Artwork to Visualize Health Equity!
Youth ages 5-26 are encouraged to submit art as part of the Young Leaders Visualize Health Equity campaign.
The campaign aims to explore how the social determinants shape youth lives and their communities, and what it might look and feel like to one day live in a world where everyone has the same chance to be healthy, safe, and happy.
Submit artwork—visual art, writing, and/or music—for the campaign by Feb. 28, 2019.
4. 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.
5. 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!
6. Share Your Town’s Health Report Card!
Why not be a part of the health solution?
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.
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.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!