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Callie Rainosek

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Gabriella Godines: Finding Her ‘Time’ to Become a Physician

In early 2019, Gabriella “Gaby” Godines got the news that she wasn’t accepted to medical school. She was understandably disappointed, but she’s a firm believer that everything happens for a reason. Looking back, Gaby can confirm that medical school wasn’t the right path for her at that time. Instead, her opportunity to pursue a career in medicine would come later – after a few more years of patience, hard work, and compassion, and an internship at the Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR) at UT Health San Antonio. “Everyone has different journeys toward their goal,” Gaby said. “I’m really grateful for where I am.” Journey to Medicine Growing up in Laredo, Texas, a border town, Gaby spent a lot of time in her father’s medical clinic where he ...

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New Resource: CDC Project Firstline Infection Control Micro-Learns: Blood!

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CDC Project Firstline knows that healthcare workers are short on time, but this shouldn’t limit access to practical and valuable infection control training. That’s why CDC Project Firstline developed Infection Control Micro-Learns – a series of guided infection control discussions that can be easily incorporated into team meetings or huddles facilitated by an experienced team member with infection control expertise. These short and easy-to-understand learning opportunities can help healthcare workers recognize and minimize infection control risks to protect themselves, coworkers, and patients from infectious diseases. Let’s explore the Infection Control Micro-Learn on blood! What to Do When You See Blood As a healthcare worker, you will work with a variety of patients ...

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Latinos Support Electric Vehicles, But Lack Access to Them

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One of the biggest contributors to climate change are gasoline-powered vehicles, which emit greenhouse gases that warm Earth’s atmosphere. In a positive step, our nation is shifting toward climate-friendly electric vehicles (EVs), which emit less greenhouse gasses than gasoline-powered cars, even when accounting for manufacturing and the electricity used for charging. But a new survey by Axios reveals disparities in EV accessibility, especially in the Latino population. How might these disparities impact Latino health and our nation’s fight against climate change? How Do Latinos Feel About EVs? According to the Axios survey, most Latinos (60%) say it’s important to shift to EVs to minimize climate change damage, but they expressed more interest in buying gas-powered ...

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Former Marine Tim Barrientez is Dedicating Retirement Years to Improving Latino Health

Tim Barrientez

8/22/23 Update: Tim is Salud America!'s latest intern. Read his stories here! 18-year-old Timoteo “Tim” Barrientez wiped a bead of sweat from his brow. It was impossible not to sweat in the hot, humid climate of Port Isabel, Texas – a small coastal town in the Rio Grande Valley. As Tim’s feet struck the pavement, he thought about how he would soon trade his athletic sneakers for military boots. He smiled. After today’s run and weightlifting workout, he would finish packing his bags to begin training as a United States Marine – a career that would last more than 20 years and take him to Iraq, Kuwait, Jordan, Japan, and other countries to defend our nation’s freedom. While serving as a Marine, Tim kept his passion for health and fitness close to his heart. ...

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3 Infection Control Resources Healthcare Workers Can Use Right Now

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Although the COVID-19 state of emergency has ended, healthcare workers continue to encounter COVID-19 and other infectious diseases in the workplace. That’s why the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Project Firstline provides all healthcare workers – no matter their role or educational background – the infection control training and resources they need to protect themselves, their patients, and their coworkers from infectious diseases. Now in its third year, CDC Project Firstline includes a diverse group of more than 80 healthcare, public health, academic, and state and local partners. In collaboration with the National Hispanic Medical Association, Salud America! is one of those partners. Today, to support CDC Project Firstline and our partners, we’re ...

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Latino Adults More Likely Than Others to Skip Medication Due to Cost

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Times are financially tough for many families, especially low-income Latinos. To save money, many people are cutting costs on non-essentials, like eating out, entertainment, and more. But some people are cutting costs on items that are normally considered essential, like prescription medications, according to a recent US Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) report. Let’s explore what adults are most likely to skip taking medications to save money, the consequences of this behavior, and how leaders are working to reduce the cost of prescription drugs. Groups Most Affected by Drug Costs Unfortunately, groups most likely to skip medication to save money are those who are already vulnerable to health disparities, according to the CDC report. These groups ...

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#SaludTues Tweetchat 8/1: Improving School Climates for Children and Teen’s Mental Health

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Our nation’s youth are struggling with mental health more than ever before. This crisis is fueled by excessive social media use, climate change, gun violence (now a top cause of death for young people), and the opioid epidemic. Further, many families, especially Latinos, lack access to mental healthcare resources due to stigma, cost, or long wait times to see a provider. Under these circumstances, how can schools and parents help promote mental wellbeing among children and teens this upcoming school year and beyond? Let’s use #SaludTues on Tuesday, August 1, 2023, to discuss how to improve school climates for children and teens’ mental health, especially for students of color. WHAT: #SaludTues Tweetchat: Improving School Climates for Children’s Mental Health ...

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New CDC Report May Make You Lose Your Appetite

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We’ve all learned from an early age that it’s best to stay home when sick. But for the 21% of American workers with no paid sick leave – many of which are Latino – staying home to rest may not feel like an option. However, a new report by the US Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) highlights just how important it is to avoid working while sick – especially for food service workers. Let’s explore the report and what it means for Latinos and all consumers. Foodborne Illness Outbreaks Associated with Sick Workers From 2017 to 2019, a total of 800 foodborne illness outbreaks were reported by state and local health departments. About 40% of these outbreaks were associated with ill or infectious food workers, according to the CDC report. The most common ...

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Partner Spotlight: NCUIH’s Native Healthcast Addresses Germ Reservoirs and Pathways for Infection!

NCUIH Infection control

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Project Firstline program provides all healthcare workers – no matter their role or educational background – the infection control training and resources they need to protect themselves, their patients, and their coworkers from infectious diseases. Now in its third year, Project Firstline is made up of a diverse group of more than 20 healthcare, public health, and academic partners, as well as state and local territorial health departments. In collaboration with the National Hispanic Medical Association, Salud America! is one of those partners. To support Project Firstline and our fellow partners, we’re spotlighting impressive infection control resources that are culturally tailored to diverse audiences. Today, ...

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