7 Holiday Actions to Speak Up for Health Equity!


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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 seven actions to promote health equity for Latino and all families this holiday season!

1. Share Messages to Slow the Spread of COVID-19

COVID-19 continues to disproportionately impact Latinos.

Overview 3: Juntos We Can Stop Covid-19 campaign coronavirusAs Latinos, we are resilient. But part of our resiliency requires action to slow the spread of COVID-19!

That’s why Salud America! at UT Health San Antonio launched the “Juntos, We Can Stop COVID-19” digital communication campaign in English and Spanish to help Latino families and workers take action to slow the spread of coronavirus.

The #JuntosStopCovid campaign features culturally relevant and bilingual fact sheets, infographics, and video role model stories to encourage Latinos to change their public health behaviors.

Share the campaign with your friends, family, and colleagues!

share the campaign in ENGLISH!

2. Start ‘Handle With Care’ So Police Alert Schools if Kids Are Exposed to Trauma (Even If School is Closed or Virtual)!

60% of U.S. children have been exposed to violence, crime, or abuse.

These kids still have to go to class, virtually or in person. They carry a burden of trauma that can interfere with their behavior and grades. And schools don’t know there’s an issue at home.

Handle With Care police school traumaEnter “Handle With Care.”

Download the free Salud America!Handle With Care Action Pack” to start a Handle With Care program. In the program, police notify schools when they encounter children at a traumatic scene, so schools can provide support right away, even if operating virtually.

The Action Pack contains materials and technical assistance to start a conversation and plans for implementing a Handle With Care program. Over 65 U.S. cities have started such a program.

The Action Pack was created by Dr. Amelie G. Ramirez, director of the Salud America! Latino health equity program at UT Health San Antonio, with help from Andrea Darr, director of the West Virginia Center for Children’s Justice, which started the first Handle With Care program in 2013.


3. Get Your City to Declare Racism a Public Health Crisis!

Racism is a public health crisis.

Systemic racism makes it harder for Latinos and other people of color to get healthcare, housing, transportation, education, employment, healthy food, safe treatment by police, and more.

Download the free Salud America!Get Your City to Declare Racism a Public Health Crisis Action Pack“!

The Action Pack will help you gain feedback from local social justice groups and advocates of color. It will also help you start a conversation with city leaders for a resolution to declare racism a public health issue along with a commitment to take action to change policies and practices. It will also help build local support.


4. Download a ‘Health Equity Report Card’ for Your City!

You can’t take action to address health equity if you don;t know where the gaps are.

That’s why you should download a Health Equity Report Card from Salud America! at UT Health San Antonio.

Health Equity Report CardWith the report card, you can see how many people face inequities in food access, education, income, health care, and much more.

Then you can email your Health Equity Report Card to community leaders, share on social, and build the case to address health equity issues in at-risk areas!


5. Take Steps to Help Us Achieve a Cohesive Culture for Health Equity!

Do you notice how much some of your neighbors are suffering?

A widening rich-poor gap and discrimination contribute to inequitable distribution of healthcare, resources, and mental and physical health disparities among Latinos and other people of color and those in poverty, according to a new research review from Salud America!, a national network for health equity at UT Health San Antonio.

The review examines covers three key mechanisms─implicit bias, system justification, and moral disengagement─people use to discriminate against people of color and/or justify poverty.

“To achieve a cohesive culture focused on health equity─where everyone works individually and as a group to ensure each person has a fair and just opportunity for health and wealth─we must help people understand and overcome the mechanisms by which they excuse discrimination and make justifications for poverty,” said Amelie G. Ramirez, DrPH, lead author of the new research review and director of Salud America! and the Institute for Health Promotion Research at UT Health San Antonio.


6. Find Out the Latest News in Latino Health Equity amid the COVID-19 Pandemic

With the rise of COVID-19, our team at Salud America! is digitally curating content about what the coronavirus pandemic means for Latino health equity and efforts to help vulnerable communities.

We want to ensure Latinos get an equitable share of culturally relevant information during the outbreak.

Check out our page:

Latinos and covid-19!

7. Think “Water Bottle Fountains”

Water Bottle Fountains are filtered water dispensers for easily filling and refilling water bottles.

Water Bottle Fountains give kids much-needed access to safe drinking water throughout the school day.

They also help keep kids hydrated while saving families money from buying bottled water. They help the environment by reducing waste.

Salud America! wants to help you get Water Bottle Fountains at your school with our custom-for-you Water Bottle Fountain Action Pack with coaching!


Thank You!

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!

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