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Eric Moreno

Eric Moreno is a Content Curator with the Salud America! program at UT Health San Antonio. He specializes in covering the topics of health equity and family and social support. He holds a BA from the University of Texas at San Antonio and an MA from Gonzaga University.

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Study: Breast Cancer Can Be More Fatal to Certain Latinas

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For Latinas of Mexican or Puerto Rican decent, breast cancer is more likely to be fatal than for other U.S. Latinas, according to a new study from the Avon Foundation for Women, USA Today reports. The research is the first of its kind on Latino subgroups. It showed that breast cancer mortality rates differed for Cubans, Mexicans, Puerto Ricans, and Central and South American women with breast cancer in the United States. The findings have implications for how Latinas receive care and treatment. “A critical first step to improving breast cancer prevention, diagnosis and care for Hispanic women is understanding where the greatest needs are,” said Cheryl Heinonen, Avon Foundation president to USA Today. “The more we know, the better we will be at improving care, quality of life and ...

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All Income Groups Experienced Drops in Uninsured Rates

The rate of uninsured individuals has steadily decreased since the passing of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). From 2010-2015, research from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) found that coverage gains have been shared widely across groups of all races, ages, and income levels. The overall uninsured rate for Americans in all income groups fell by 40%. “Regardless of your income, age, geography, or race, everyone is gaining access to coverage or better coverage under the Affordable Care Act,” said Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell in a statement. “Going into the fourth Open Enrollment, Americans have experienced historic coverage gains.” In order to reduce health disparities, it is critical to address inequities in programs, practices, and policies. Join our site, ...

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Young Latinos Will Have New Digital Platforms for Open Enrollment 4

Young adults had the highest uninsured rates before the Affordable Care Act and have seen the sharpest drop in uninsured rates since 2010. Latinos currently make up the largest population of uninsured individuals overall. Latinos are also the youngest racial or ethnic group in the U.S. Nearly one-third of the nation’s Latino population is younger than 18. According to the Pew Research Center, nearly six-in-ten Latinos are Millennials or younger. Millions of young adults remain uninsured and new tools are needed to bridge the gap to obtaining coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace. “More than 9 in 10 Marketplace-eligible young adults without health insurance have incomes that could qualify them for tax credits to make plans affordable, but that fact hasn’t fully ...

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#SaludTues Tweetchat 10/4: Latinas and Breast Cancer

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Breast cancer is still the No. 1 killer of U.S. Latinas. To celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October and Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15), let’s tweet about the latest progress in Latina breast cancer research, the importance of breast cancer screening, and tips for prevention and survivorship at the #SaludTues Tweetchat on Oct. 4. WHAT: #SaludTues Tweetchat: Latinas and Breast Cancer: The Facts Everyone Should Know DATE/TIME: Noon CST (1 p.m. EDT) Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016 WHERE: On Twitter with hashtag #SaludTues HOST: @SaludToday CO-HOSTS: Susan G. Komen (@SusanGKomen & @komensanantonio) and the American Cancer Society (@AmericanCancer & @ACSSanAntonio) SPECIAL GUESTS: Texas A&M Health Science Center (@tamhsc) We’ll open the ...

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SNAP Usage on the Decline

The number of people participating in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) has steadily declined over the last few years to its current low. As of June 2016, 43 million people have accessed SNAP benefits compared to a record high of 48 million in 2013; this is a drop of nearly 4.4 million people. In 2013, nearly 8 million Latinos participated in SNAP and comprised 16% of all SNAP benefits. Since 2007, the number has largely been between 16% and 17%. Nearly 30% of all Latino children currently live in food-insecure households. The 89 counties in 2013 with majority Latino households make up 3% of all counties in the U.S.; 27% of these are counties with the highest rates of childhood food insecurity. In order to reduce health ...

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New Program Helps 1st-Generation Latino College Students

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Even though more Latinos are obtaining college education than ever before, they still lag behind other groups in obtaining four-year degrees. Through 2014, just 15% of Latinos (age 25-29) have a bachelor’s degree or higher. At Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ (55.6% Latino population), more than one-third of students currently enrolled in higher education are the first in their family to attend college. It has also been found that nearly 90% often spend up to six years in college; many never graduate with a degree. A new program looks to change that, The Daily Targum reports. RU-1st is a new program focused on increasing graduation rates of first-generation, high-need or underrepresented students. The program was started in the hopes of “sparking conversations on issues ...

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FIU Awards Most Higher Ed. Degrees to Latinos

Florida International University (FIU), in Miami, Fla. (70.7% Latino population), has been recognized as the four-year institution that has awarded the most degrees to Latinos in the country. Taking into account degrees conferred up until the 2014-2015 school year, Florida International had awarded 5,754 bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees to Latino students. A story entitled: “The 25th Annual Top 100 Bachelor’s Master’s Doctoral Degrees Conferred” online magazine Diverse: Issues in Higher Education compiled the list. California State University, Fullerton (CSU-Fullerton), in Fullerton, Calif. (34.7% Latino population) was identified as the school that had awarded the second most degrees to Latinos. During the same time period, the school awarded 2,704 degrees to ...

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Texas City Has Highest Number of Residents Living in Poverty

Despite the number of American living in poverty having fallen by over 3.5 million in 2015, there are still more than 43 million struggling to overcome financial hardships. The metro area in which poverty rate is the highest is heavily Latino populated Brownsville-Harlingen, Texas (89.9% Latino population). Nearly 33% of the area’s 245,000 live below the poverty line, 24/7 Wall St. reports. South Texas accounted for the top three cities on the list. Reviewing data from the U.S. Census Bureau to determine which cities had the highest poverty rates, a list of 56 was created. The cities were chosen based on the basis of their being more than one in five residents living in poverty. In order to reduce health disparities, it is critical to address inequities in programs, ...

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Webinar 9/27: Making Play an Everyday Experience for Latino Kids

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Lacking access to and opportunities for physical activity is one of the big reasons Latino kids are more overweight and obese than their peers, and suffer more disease. So, what can we do to make physical activity a daily part of the lives for Latino kids? Join a new webinar from 3-4 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016, to help learn about policy change and systems-change efforts taking place across the country to ensure physical activity is a meaningful part of the lives of all children. Sponsored by the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) and including Salud America!, the webinar will bring together a panel to highlight successful efforts that have been accomplished throughout the country. The webinar panel includes: David Thomsen, Policy Analyst, Health Policy Project, ...

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