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Study: Community Health Workers Can Help Address Heart Health Disparities

CHW Heart Health

Studies show that community health workers (CHWs) can help address a variety of health disparities in vulnerable populations, such as Latinos. A new study, published in the journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, adds to this growing body of evidence. Let’s look at the findings of this study and why CHWs, also known as promotoras de salud and patient navigators, are increasingly recognized for their critical role in increasing healthcare access for medically underserved populations. The Impact of CHWs on Heart Health The new study, conducted by researchers at NYU Grossman School of Medicine, examined high blood pressure disparities in New York’s South Asian American population. This population faces similar social and cultural barriers as Latinos in ...

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New Resource: Congressional District Health Dashboard

Using District Dashboard

Research shows that the conditions in which we are born, grow, live, work, and age can have a big impact on our health. Health data tools, like Salud America!’s Health Equity Report Card, can help everyone from elected leaders to everyday Americans assess local health data, compare data to other places, and determine how to address the systemic inequities that are driving health issues in their communities. Now, Americans have access to another health data tool – the Congressional Health District Dashboard – thanks to the NYU Grossman School of Medicine and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). The dashboard provides all 435 US congressional districts (and DC) access to local health data that was previously unavailable at the congressional district level, nor was ...

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Salud Talks Episode 42: The Role of Rural Healthcare Workers in Infection Control

rural healthcare workers podcast

The pandemic revealed long-standing gaps in infection control knowledge and understanding among the frontline healthcare workforce. This is why CDC launched Project Firstline, a training and education collaborative designed to ensure all healthcare workers, no matter their role or educational background, have the infection control knowledge and understanding they need and deserve to protect themselves, their patients, and their coworkers. Salud America! at UT Health San Antonio, in partnership with the National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA) and CDC Project Firstline, brings you a three-part episode podcast series, “Behind the Mask,” to explore infection control through three specific and diverse healthcare lenses: patient navigators/health screeners/community health ...

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“Say Cheese!” February is National Children’s Dental Health Month

Children's Dental Month

With all the Valentine’s Day candy now on sale, it can be tempting to buy your child a sweet treat. But indulging in sugary food and drinks on a regular basis can cause an array of health problems, such as cavities and other dental health issues. In recognition of National Children’s Dental Health Month, here’s five tooth-friendly snacks you can feed your child to promote good oral health, according to Beatriz Hicks, a clinical associate professor in the department of periodontics at the UT Health Science Center San Antonio. Tooth-Friendly Snacks Crunchy fruits, like apples and pears “Apples and pears act like toothbrushes. They are crunchy, have the potential to clear plaque from your children’s teeth and can freshen breath,” Hicks explained. Another fruit ...

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3 More Amazing SDoH Screening Tools

SDoH screening

To help address social needs, or the non-medical barriers to health, more healthcare systems are screening patients for social determinants of health (SDoH). We at Salud America! at UT Health San Antonio are spotlighting why SDoH screening can be an effective way to improve health outcomes for Latinos and all patients. Today, we are sharing three more SDoH screening tools – questionnaires that gather information from patients – that may be helpful to your healthcare facility. Download these screening tools or use them as inspiration to create your own! For more screening tool options, please read our first list of SDoH screening tools. The Accountable Health Communities (AHC) Health-Related Social Needs (HRSN) Screening Tool In a five-year testing period (2017 to 2022), ...

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Celebrating Galentine’s Day with Drs. Amelie Ramirez and Patricia Chalela

Galentine's Day

You’re probably familiar with Valentine’s Day on February 14. Every year, couples dote on each other and exchange candy, roses, and other gifts. But have you heard of Galentine’s Day? On February 13, Galentine’s Day is a time for women to celebrate their friendships with their gal pals, or lady friends. In honor of Galentine’s Day 2023, Salud America! is highlighting the incredible work and friendship of Drs. Amelie Ramirez and Patricia Chalela, two Latina researchers at the Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR) at UT Health San Antonio. The duo has a 30-year history working together to mitigate health inequities and disparities in the Latino community through public health research. Their contributions to Latino health equity are immeasurable. Let’s take ...

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Construction Sites: Not Just Dirty and Dusty – Germy, Too

germs in construction site

Germs are everywhere, including in dirt and dust! When we think of dirt in our daily lives, we usually think of potted plants and gardens. When we think of dust, we think of the kind that we clean in our house and workplaces. But fine dust can also be present at construction and maintenance projects inside a building, like taking out parts of a wall or renovating a room. Also, when construction and maintenance projects that move a lot of dirt and dust around happen in or near a healthcare facility, it can send germs that are in the dirt and dust into the air. These germs can harm certain patients with weakened immune systems. What Kind of Germs Are in Dirt and Dust? Dirt and dust contain many germs, including a fungus called Aspergillus. Aspergillus and other fungi ...

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Sharing Toolkit: Share Project Firstline Infection Control Training Opportunities with Your Colleagues!

share toolkit

We know you are a healthcare worker who cares about infection control. That’s why we urge you to use your platform – LinkedIn – to ask your fellow doctors, nurses, or other healthcare staff to take an infection control module from Project Firstline, a training and education collaborative designed by the US Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC). Just follow these easy steps: 1. See Why You Should Share! Read up on Project Firstline and why you should share. 2 Choose a Message to Share! Do you know the latest in infection control action? Earn CE credit and refresh your knowledge on infection control through a variety of short, easy-to-understand modules and activities by CDC’s Project Firstline. #saludfirstline salud.to/CEcredits Friends, are you ...

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