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Cliff Despres

Cliff Despres, who has more than a decade of experience in journalism and public relations, is communications director for Salud America! and its home base, the Institute for Health Promotion Research at UT Health San Antonio.


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4 Easy Actions to Promote Health Equity for Thanksgiving


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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 ...

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Ramirez Named to National Committee on Science Communication


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Congratulations to Dr. Amelie G. Ramirez, director of Salud America! at UT Health San Antonio! Ramirez was named to the National Academies of Medicine's Standing Committee on Advancing Science Communication Research and Practice on Nov. 7, 2018. The committee's mission is to engage partners to advance the field of science communication. That means building a more coherent knowledge base about approaches to communicating science, making it easier for science communication practitioners to access and use research to inform their practice, and supporting individuals and groups in communicating science outside the scientific enterprise. On the committee, Ramirez joins other practitioners and researchers from groups like Pew Charitable Trusts, America Public Health Association, and ...

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Honoring Latino Military Heroes on Veteran’s Day


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Veteran's Day is on Nov. 11, 2018. Memorial Day is May 27, 2019. We at Salud America! are excited to honor all U.S. military personnel, including the Latinos, who have served our country. Latinos in the Military: History Latinos have a “proud and indeed enviable” record of military service that dates back all the way to the Civil War, according to a U.S. Army historical website. About 20,000 Latino serviceman and women participated in Operation Desert Shield/Storm in 1990-1991, 80,000 in the Vietnam War in 1959-1973, and more than 400,000 in World War II in 1939-1945. More than 40 Medals of Honor have been awarded to Latinos, according to the Department of Defense. “Whether their heritage can be traced to Spain, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Mexico, or one of dozens of other ...

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Apply Now: Latino Cancer Research Training and Internships



Apply now for the 2019 Éxito! Latino Cancer Research Leadership Training program and optional $3,250 internships at the Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR) at UT Health San Antonio, the organization that also runs Salud America!. Each year, the Éxito! program recruits 25 U.S. master’s level students and professionals to participate in a five-day, culturally tailored Éxito! summer institute to promote pursuit of a doctoral degree and cancer research. At this next Éxito! summer institute, set for June 10-14, 2019 in San Antonio, participants will interact with Latino researchers, mentors, and doctoral experts to learn about Latino cancer, succeeding in a doctoral program, and the diversity of careers in cancer research. Ten optional internships also are available ...

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Salud America! Gets $1.5M to Drive Health Equity for Latino, All Families


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Salud America! has received a two-year, $1.5 million grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to create new digital content to inspire people to drive community change for health equity for Latino and all U.S. families. Salud America! was established nationally in 2007 and is based at UT Health San Antonio. The program produces culturally relevant multimedia research, tools, and stories to fuel its online network—more than 200,000 moms and dads, healthcare providers, and community and school leaders—to start healthy changes to policies, systems, and environments where Latino children and families can equitably live, learn, work, and play. The new funding will extend Salud America! from October 2018 to October 2020. Salud America! now will engage more people with ...

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#SaludTues Bilingual Tweetchat 10/9: Celebrate Your Beautiful Eyes


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Do you know that diabetes can affect your eye health? Do you know why it's important to have a dilated eye exam? Let’s use #SaludTues on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018, to tweet answers to these important questions and share innovative ways to improve eye health among Latinos and all people! WHAT: #SaludTues Bilingual Tweetchat─Celebrate Your Beautiful Eyes (Celebra tus bellos ojos)! TIME/DATE: 1-2 p.m. ET (Noon-1 p.m. CT), Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018 WHERE: On Twitter with hashtag #SaludTues HOST: @SaludAmerica CO-HOSTS: National Eye Institute (@NatEyeInstitute), National Hispanic Medical Association (@NHMAmd) OPTIONAL HASHTAGS: #HHM2018 (Hispanic Heritage Month) We’ll open the floor to your comments, tips, and stories as we explore: Why should Latinos care ...

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