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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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Honoring Latino Military Heroes on Veteran’s Day


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Veteran's Day is on Nov. 11, 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 Spanish-speaking countries or ...

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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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Webcast: Dr. Amelie Ramirez on Advocacy for Latino Health Equity


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Dr. Amelie G. Ramirez, director of Salud America! at UT Health San Antonio, will explore how to stimulate community advocacy for health equity in Latino and all communities in a new webcast as part of the Director’s Seminar Series by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities! The webcast is set for 11 a.m. EST Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018. View the webcast here. Latinos are a rising U.S. powerhouse. But they face barriers to be their healthiest and suffer high rates of obesity and other health disparities. Dr. Ramirez's Salud America! program is a national Latino-focused organization that creates culturally relevant and research-based stories, videos, and tools. These elements aim to inspire people to start and support healthy changes to policies, systems, ...

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San Antonio Wins ‘Culture of Health’ Prize!


RWJF San Antonio culture of health prize winner

Two majority-Latino communities are among the four winners of the 2018 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Culture of Health Prize! San Antonio, Texas (63.6% Latino) and Cicero, Ill. (88.8% Latino) were chosen from nearly 200 applicants. Eatonville, Fla., and Klamath County, Ore., also won. These communities made strong efforts to build a culture of health is where everyone has a fair and just opportunity to be as healthy as possible. They brought neighborhood, school, and business partners together to improve health for all residents. Winning communities get a $25,000 prize and will have their inspiring stories shared by RWJF. “These inspiring places are engaging community members in decision making to give all residents the opportunity to live well, no matter where they ...

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