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Josh McCormack

Digital Content Curator, Salud America! Josh McCormack joined Salud America! and its home base, the Institute for Health Promotion Research at UT Health​ San Antonio, in February 2019. Graduating from Texas A&M University with a BA in English Literature, he has previously worked in journalism and publishing. Josh enjoys reading; some of his favorite authors include Stephen King, Omar El Akkad and J.R.R. Tolkien.​


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Salud Talks Podcast Episode 16: “Trauma-Aware Schools, Part 1: Lack Thereof”


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Schools throughout the U.S. are failing their students due to harsh, black-and-white discipline practices. That's why this week's guest, Director of School Leadership at AIM Consulting Lizzy Perez, joins us to discuss a new form of educating children about right and wrong: trauma-informed care. Check out this discussion on the #SaludTalks Podcast, Episode 16, "Trauma-Aware Schools, Part 1: Lack Thereof"! WHAT: A #SaludTalks discussion on how schools can better educate their students, especially in right and wrong GUEST: Director of School Leadership at AIM Consulting Lizzy Perez WHERE: Available wherever fine podcasts are downloaded, including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, SoundCloud, Tune In, and others WHEN: The episode went live at 1 p.m., Jan. 15, ...

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Salud Talks to Return in 2020


Salud Talks Return 2020

Salud America!'s latest project—the Salud Talks podcast—will be back in 2020 with more episodes all about holistic health equity. The first episode of the new year and decade will go live on Jan. 8 and will kick-off a slate of discussions. These productions will feature grassroots advocates, government officials, healthcare professionals, and others who discuss the issues impacting Latinos and all Americans today — from the aspirational communications to sugary drinks to childhood wellness. Episodes will be available every Wednesday on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, SoundCloud, and others. "We're excited to see this project continue its work in informing listeners on the harmful disparities impacting Latinos and all Americans today," said Dr. Amelie Ramirez, director of Salud ...

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Tell EPA Chief Andrew Wheeler: Keep Lead out of Drinking Water!


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Earlier this year, the EPA under Andrew Wheeler announced plans to address widespread lead corruption in U.S. public water supplies. In October, the agency released proposed revisions to the Safe Drinking Water Act's "Lead and Copper Rule." These modifications aim to decrease the pervasiveness of the toxin through a series of regulations — including limits on allowed levels of lead in water. Environmentalist groups—including Clean Water Action—are calling for further action. Mainly, they urge for a full replacement of lead services lines throughout the country. If these lines are left intact, they pose a serious concern to Latinos and Americans across the country who face dangerous lead exposure through their drinking water. "Everything else is small potatoes," Erik ...

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Salud Talks Podcast Episode 14: “Modern Myths”


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Who is your hero? They are as unique as the work they do, but one thing is consistent throughout each of their stories: Taking action to help others. Alejandro Maya, CEO of Sprocket Media Hub, discusses telling those stories through Salud America!'s web-based docuseries, Salud Heroes. Check out this discussion on the #SaludTalks Podcast, Episode 14, "Modern Myths"! WHAT: A #SaludTalks discussion on telling stories, everyday individuals stepping up, and Salud America!'s Salud Hero series GUEST: Alejandro Maya, CEO of Sprocket Media Hub WHERE: Available wherever fine podcasts are downloaded, including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, SoundCloud, Tune In, and others WHEN: The episode went live at 1:30 p.m., Dec. 18, 2019 In this episode, we explored questions ...

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From Living in a Sick Home to Making Others’ Healthy


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Bill Hayward learned a disturbing truth when he ventured into the crawlspace underneath his home. For a year, he, his wife Adriana, and other members of their family experienced consistent migraines, mood swings, extreme fatigue, flu-like symptoms, and a host of other health problems — with no root-cause explanation. They sought help from experts and professionals alike to no avail. Using a last-ditch, do-it-yourself test, Bill discovered their home itself was full of mold and that it was responsible for their symptoms. "It's terrifying and heartbreaking," Adriana said. "I felt really hopeless; the medical profession not really knowing what to do with it and dismissing it. It was just a very dark and sad time for our family." Mold and other environmental factors can lead ...

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Salud Talks Podcast Episode 13: “Healthcare Deserts”


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Rural communities throughout the U.S. do not receive equal access to quality medical treatment. Some live so far from the nearest hospital that they will have to take a day off work to make a doctor's appointment, according to our guest Jordan Rassmussen, the Policy Manager of the Center for Rural Affairs. Check out this discussion on the #SaludTalks Podcast, Episode 13, "Healthcare Deserts"! WHAT: A #SaludTalks discussion on the inequities rural Latinos and Americans face in receiving healthcare treatment GUEST: Jordan Rassmussen, Policy Manager of the Center for Rural Affairs WHERE: Available wherever fine podcasts are downloaded, including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, SoundCloud, Tune In, and others WHEN: The episode went live at 5:00 p.m., Dec. 11, ...

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Salud Talks Podcast Episode 12: “Hazardous Goods”


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Do you know how many harmful chemicals are in the products found in your home, school, office, or car? The reality is most people face exposure to hundreds—if not thousands—every day. We explore this issue in-depth with Mike Schade, "Mind the Store" Campaign Director with Safer Chemicals. Check out this discussion on the #SaludTalks Podcast, Episode 12, "Hazardous Goods"! WHAT: A #SaludTalks discussion on the widespread use of harmful substances in our products, food packaging, furniture, and more GUEST: Mike Schade, "Mind the Store" Campaign Director with Safer Chemicals. WHERE: Available wherever fine podcasts are downloaded, including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, SoundCloud, Tune In, and others WHEN: The episode went live at 3:45 p.m., Dec. 4, 2019 In ...

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Salud Talks Podcast Episode 11: “Homogenizing Hollywood”


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How often do you see Latinos and people of color on the big screen? Kerry Valderrama, president of Alamo City Studios, joins Salud Talks to discuss how his company is creating a culture in which all people can tell their stories through art and film. Check out this discussion on the #SaludTalks Podcast, Episode 11, "Homogenizing Hollywood"! WHAT: A #SaludTalks discussion on minority representation in art and film GUEST: Kerry Valderrama, president of Alamo City Studios WHERE: Available wherever fine podcasts are downloaded, including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, SoundCloud, Tune In, and others WHEN: The episode went live at 9:00 a.m., Nov. 20, 2019 In this episode, we explored questions such as: Why does cultural representation in art and film matter? ...

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