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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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Coronavirus Is Hitting People in Poverty the Hardest


Coronavirus Poverty Hardest

Lack of access to healthy food, insufficient health insurance coverage, living paycheck-to-paycheck — all issues that have impacted U.S. low-income families for decades. Sadly, experts say these problems are worsening as the current novel coronavirus, COVID-19, continues to spread. This leaves the millions of men, women, and children, including the 3 million people who have recently lost their jobs, at risk of more issues than just becoming sick. Latinos—many of whom fall below the poverty line—could face significant hardship without a dedicated response from local, state, and federal leaders. "What we are seeing around the country is that we're operating and telling people to do things from the position of wealth," Rev. William Barber II, co-chair of the Poor People's ...

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Does Pollution and Poor Air Quality Raise the Risk of Coronavirus?


Pollution Poor Air Quality Risk Coronavirus

As the current novel coronavirus continues to spread, one fact has become clear: Governments around the globe were not prepared — especially concerning environmental impacts. While there is no direct link between pollution and the risk of developing COVID-19, yet, studies have shown that poor air quality can raise one's susceptibility to disease. Worse, high rates of toxic exposure can lead to poorer outcomes of those illnesses. Disadvantaged groups, including Latinos, are in greater jeopardy as they are the ones who live in the areas with more significant amounts of air pollution. "There's lots of evidence that air pollution increases the chances that someone will get pneumonia, and if they get pneumonia, will be sicker with it," Aaron Bernstein, interim director of the ...

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Salud Talks Podcast Episode 24: “Reworking Recycling”


STE24 Reworking Recycling

Amid a global pandemic, most find themselves inside their homes more than ever. While this is tough for some and easier for others, one thing is apparent: Many are asking some tough questions, including, are the systems that are currently in place operating in the best interest of everyone? One system in question is how our local, state, and federal governments—as well as every citizen in the country—practices sustainability. In January, we sat down with government officials from ReWorks San Antonio, an agency of the city's Solid Waste Management Department, that aims to connect businesses to cost-effective recycling solutions and promote those businesses among consumers who value social responsibility. Check out this discussion on the Salud Talks Podcast, Episode 23, ...

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Salud Talks Podcast Episode 23: “Keeping Calm Amid the Coronavirus”


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As COVID-19 continues to dominate headlines, all of us are experiencing new levels of stress and anxiety. With that in mind, we have something a bit different for you all. Public health workers from the Institute for Health Promotion Research join Salud Talks to share their best practices in how—in the words of another global crisis—they are keeping calm and carrying on. Check out this discussion on the Salud Talks Podcast, Episode 23, "Keeping Calm Amid the Coronavirus"!  WHAT: A #SaludTalks discussion about the current novel coronavirus outbreak and ways to stay sane. GUESTS:  Ariel Morales - Research Area Specialist Dr. Daniel C. Hughes - IHPR Assistant Professor Research Angelika Aguilar - Research Associate Stacy Cantu - Program Coordinator ...

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Coronavirus Highlights Inequities Impacting Latinos, Communities of Color


Coronavirus Inequities Communities of Color

Time and again, statistics go to show that communities of color, including Latinos, face a rampant and widespread lack of access to quality healthcare. In this state of emergency that the U.S. faces with the outbreak of the current novel coronavirus, COVID-19, those disadvantages are worse than ever. Disadvantaged groups currently, and will continue to, experience burdens in receiving, affording, and managing medical treatment as the virus continues to spread. “Crises such as H1N1 and COVID-19 provide a mirror for our society and the actions we take — or fail to take,” writes Dr. Richard E. Besser, the president, and chief executive of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, in the Washington Post. “Today, the United States in that mirror is one in which the risk of exposure ...

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Surprising Ways that Fire Is Messing with Your Health


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Sitting around a fire can be a great source of warmth and fun for most; however, it also has the potential to cause a host of health complications. Tiny toxins—PM2.5 (pollution particles measuring 2.5 micrometers or less)—commonly known as “combustion particles” come from these fires and can cause some severe health impacts, research shows. Even worse, those using wood-burning stoves can face some of the worst effects. "We are increasingly concerned about particulate matter air pollution and other forms of air pollution," Dr. Joel Kaufman, professor of environmental and occupational health sciences, medicine and epidemiology at the University of Washington in Seattle, told the American Heart Association. "There's increasing evidence that certain pollutants are associated ...

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Salud Talks Podcast Episode 22: “Children in Crisis”


Children in Crisis Welfare Assistance

Have you ever encountered a child in need? This can come in many forms, including those who need financial, food, or even foster care assistance from the state. While most might think they probably don’t know such a child, experts say that’s likely not the case. The U.S. Census Bureau reported that 51.7% of children lived in households that received some form of government assistance in 2017. Today, Dr. Kathy Fletcher, the President and CEO of Voices for Children of San Antonio, and State Representative of Texas’ 124 district, Ina Minjarez, join Salud Talks to discuss their work with children in crisis, and, what we all can do to provide our community’s children with a brighter future. Check out this discussion on the Salud Talks Podcast, Episode 22, "Children in ...

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UPDATE – Coronavirus: Everything Latinos Need to Know


Latinos Coronavirus COVD-19 Virus

Updated 3/29/20 The current novel coronavirus is gripping most of the world, as governments, businesses, and every day individuals grapple with the pandemic outbreak. In the U.S., certain local, state governments have declared state-lockdowns and stay-in-place quarantines — efforts geared at limiting the spread of COVID-19. Across the world, the number of confirmed cases is also on the rise. The U.S. has seen thousands of new cases in the past few weeks alone. The race to find medical solutions continues as Latinos—who will experience some of the harshest impacts of COVID-19—and all Americans adjust to a life of working from home and practicing social distancing. Original post published 3/5/20: Late last year, a new virus began spreading throughout China — this ...

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Salud Talks Podcast Episode 21: “Dietary Discrimination”


STE21 Healthy Food Desert Access

Food insecurity is an issue gripping American families—including those in the Latino community—across the country. These individuals, who live in what experts call food deserts, can lack access to healthy, nutritious meals. Dwayne Wharton, an Independent Consultant with Dwayne Wharton & Partners and the former Director Of External Affairs at The Food Trust, joins Salud Talks to discuss this issue and what progress is needed to ensure Latinos and all Americans have access to healthy foods. Check out this discussion on the Salud Talks Podcast, Episode 21, "Dietary Discrimination"!  WHAT: A #SaludTalks discussion about widespread food insecurity impacting countless Latino and all American families GUEST: Dwayne Wharton, an Independent Consultant with Dwayne ...

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