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Rosalie Aguilar-Santos

Rosalie Aguilar Santos, MS, is Salud America!'s national project coordinator. She is passionate about nutrition, physical activity, and opportunities to engage communities in advocacy actions to promote Latino childhood health.


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Report: Disparities in child and adolescent mental health and mental health services in the U.S



According to a 2015 report published by the William T. Grant Foundation, 1 in 3 Latino kids live in poverty vs. 1 in 7 non-Latino white kids and 1 in 7 Asian children. Such differences are believed to be a central issue which compounds disparities in mental health. The report goes on to list 4 primary issues at the root of inequality in mental health including: Pervasive differences in family Socio-Econoimic Status; Adverse childhood experiences; Family structure; and Neighborhood-level Factors Read more about mental health and Latino ...

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Program Offers Mental Health Training to Faith Leaders in the Rio Grande Valley



On Dec 9,10 2016 Melody Cisneros Milstead will offer the first of many Faith Leader Mental Health First Aid training sessions. This groundbreaking 8-hour training course will kick-off at Centro Cristiano Familiar in Penitas,TX a city part of the Rio Grande Valley (RGV). The course is aimed at giving people tools to identify when someone might be struggling with a mental health or substance use problem and to connect them with appropriate support and resources when necessary. 1 in 5 Americans has a mental illness, but many are reluctant to seek help or might not know where to turn for care. Unlike physical conditions, symptoms of mental health and substance use problems can be difficult to detect. For friends and family members, it can be hard to know when and how to step in. As a ...

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Churches United for Healthy Congregations



Groups like Churches United for Healthy Congregations are working to promote health equity in their community. For ideas on how to unite local faith leaders and better coordinate services for health visit their page. Click here for more ...

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Resources for Faith Based Organizations to Promote Health Equity



The Office of Minority Health and Health Equity (OMHHE) works with faith based organizations for the common goal of promoting health and eliminating health disparities. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) health disparities exist when preventable differences in the burden of disease are experienced by socially disadvantaged populations. Access resources from the CDC and OMHHE for reducing health disparities ...

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#SaludTues Tweetchat 9/6/16: How Faith Based Organizations Can Impact Latino Health



Faith is a big part of Latino culture. But what can churches and faith-based groups do to help improve health? With more than 90% of Latinos affiliated with a faith-based group, these places can serve as ample grounds for promoting healthy lifestyles, connecting congregants to social services, sharing recreational facilities, and more. How can you help faith communities be healthy? Join us for a #SaludTues chat this Tuesday to learn more about the great work happening at faith-based groups, and share your own ideas for creating a culture of health! WHAT: #SaludTues Tweetchat: “How Faith Based Organizations Can Impact Latino Health” TIME/DATE: 1-2 p.m. ET (Noon-1 p.m. CT), Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016 WHERE: On Twitter with hashtag #SaludTues HOST: @SaludToday CO-HOSTS: ...

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Study: Health and Wellness Programming in Faith-Based Organizations



More than 90 percent of Latinos are members of faith-based organizations. Many or these organizations such as churches and other faith institutions serve as a focal point for social networking and may therefore serve as an ideal setting for introducing wellness initiatives to Latino children and their families. The preliminary results of this San Antonio, TX based study--Building a Healthy Temple--highlight the need for obesity prevention among Latino children and reveal the strong potential of faith-based communities to serve as centers that promote a healthy weight and an overall healthy lifestyle. Share this resource on social media! Faith based initiative shows promise in promoting health for Latinos ...

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Webinar: Salud America! Free Tools for Healthy Change



On Tuesday July 19, 2016 Community Commons featured Salud America! (SA!) in a webinar that explains how free membership with the SA! website can benefit you! The website provides free tools and stories aimed at creating healthy environments on a daily basis and also gives members the opportunity to: Browse content by one of each six topic areas Search for news updates, research, toolkits, maps, and more! Watch videos and read stories of inspiring role models who are positively impacting the health of Latinos in their community. In order to take full advantage to Salud America! and Community Commons visit the registration page and login in. Salud America! is your source and network for action on Latino childhood obesity prevention. Find more content on how to create ...

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Report: Nearly 1/2 of Latino Kids in Texas are Overweight or Obese



Latino children are disproportionately affected by high rates of obesity. In the U.S. today, nearly 40% of Latino kids (ages 2-19 years) are overweight or obese. Among 2-5 year olds, nearly 30% of Latino kids compared to only 21% of non-Hispanic white children are obese. According to a 2011 report from the Children's Hospital Association of Texas (CHAT), nearly 1/2 of all Latino children in Texas are overweight obese. To learn more about childhood obesity  in Texas read the full report ...

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Breaking: City Council Meets to Discuss Urban Agriculture Plan for Las Cruces, NM



In Las Cruces, NM city council members will meet today, May 23, 2016, to discuss plans for expanding the local agriculture and food environment, through a comprehensive Urban Agriculture and Food Policy plan, developed by local non-profit La Semilla Food Center. Exactly what is urban agriculture (UA)? The idea is to inform leaders about the many forms, benefits and opportunities that UA has to offer the local community. UA is the practice of cultivating, processing, and distributing food in and around towns and cities. Through UA communities are no longer held to the idea that local growing is just for farmers or rural communities, but in reality schools, churches, local businesses, housing authorities, residents and virtually anyone with a desire to grow and produce their ...

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