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Hispanic Patients’ Low Engagement in Health Care System Contributes to Inequalities in Care

Low "activation" among patients may contribute to racial and ethnic disparities in access and health care—particularly among Hispanic immigrants—as much as lack of insurance coverage, according to a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-supported study published this week in Health Affairs. Activating patients means helping people get knowledge, skills, and confidence to manage their health and care. In the study, which fuels to the increasingly pervasive belief among health care experts that activation is vital for a high-quality U.S. health system, authors from RWJF, the Center for Studying Health System Change, and the University of Oregon showed patient activation among Hispanics and blacks was low compared to that of whites. Just 25% of Hispanics were at the highest ...

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Now in Spanish: ‘Patient Navigation’ Manual for Latinos

Redes En Acción:The National Latino Cancer Research Network has created a Spanish version of its new manual, A Patient Navigation Manual for Latino Audiences: The Redes En Acción Experience, to guide health organizations in developing patient navigation services for Latinos. Check out the manual in Spanish or English. The manual first defines patient navigation. Patient navigators are trained health workers who aim to help “navigate” underserved Latinos through the often-complex healthcare system and remove barriers to timely, quality care. It then offers a six-step guide to determine whether navigation is right for a health organization, and highlights important considerations for implementing navigation. The manual also features many robust tools, customizable ...

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Dr. Ramirez’ White House Blog: ‘Giving Latinas a Chance Against Breast Cancer’

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Dr. Amelie Ramirez, director of Salud America! and the Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR) at the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, was recently named a "Champion of Change” by the President Barack Obama's White House for her contributions to ending suffering from breast cancer. Now Dr. Ramirez has written a blog post for the White House. The inspirational post, "Giving Latinas a Chance Against Breast Cancer," highlights Latinas' cancer issues and discusses ways to overcome barriers: Prevention is the key, and timely screening, diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up care are critical if Latinas are to survive cancer and sustain a good quality of life. That’s why my Institute for Health Promotion Research at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San ...

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Hispanic Patients Pay More to Treat High Blood Pressure

One in four American adults (55.1 million) was treated in 2008 for hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, according to the latest News and Numbers from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). Fewer Hispanics were treated for hypertension (15%) than blacks (29%) or whites (25%). However, Hispanic patients' treatments costs were higher ($1,272) than for black patients ($1,037), patients of other races ($1,211), and white patients ($748). Total expenses were $47.3 billion, with $21.3 billion spent on prescription medicines; $13 billion spent on doctors’ office and outpatient visits; and another $13 billion spent for hospitalizations, emergency department visits and home health care. The data in this AHRQ News and Numbers summary are taken from the ...

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Colon Cancer Testing Lags in Latinos with Family History

In a telephone survey, Latinos were found to be less likely than whites to get screened for colon cancer, and much less likely when both groups had a family history of the disease, Reuters reports. However, the study results did not show an ethnic difference in which women had recently been screened for breast cancer, whether or not it was in their families. According to the news report: Researchers didn't know why each person in the study had or hadn't gotten screened. But they proposed a few reasons why Latinos might not get their regular colon cancer check-ups, including communication problems with doctors and fear and anxiety about being screened. "It seems very plausible that this is not happening for Latinos because of access barriers and language barriers," said Heather Orom, who ...

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USDA Launches MiPlato for Spanish-Speaking Consumers‎

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has launched MiPlato.gov, the Spanish-language version of ChooseMyPlate.gov, that serves as a reminder to help Latino consumers make healthier food choices. MyPlate and MiPlato emphasize the five food groups: fruits, vegetables, grains, proteins and dairy, and are supported by consumer messages, such as "Make Half Your Plate Fruits and Vegetables." "USDA's new MyPlate food icon is a simple reminder to help Americans think about their food choices in order to lead healthier lifestyles and today we are proud to introduce its Spanish-language partner, MiPlato, to help Hispanic consumers at mealtime," said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. "Regardless of our primary language, it is important that we all learn about and embrace healthy eating habits ...

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White House Names San Antonio’s Dr. Amelie Ramirez a ‘Champion of Change’

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Dr. Amelie Ramirez, director of the Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR) at the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, the team behind Salud America!, is among a handful of people named "Champions of Change" by the Obama White House for their contributions to ending suffering from breast cancer, the leading cancer diagnosed in women today. Each week the White House highlights "Champions" who are making an impact in their communities and helping to meet the challenges of the 21st century. “I am honored to be named a ‘Champion of Change.’ I hope it puts a spotlight on breast cancer, the No. 1 cancer killer of Latinas,” Dr. Ramirez said. “We must conduct research to discover new and efficient methods to help Latinas overcome critical barriers to breast cancer ...

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Wear Yellow for LIVESTRONG Day Oct. 2

On October 2, thousands of people will wear yellow to support LIVESTRONG and the fight against cancer. According to the LIVESTRONG blog: "LIVESTRONG is about people. We are about the 28 million right now fighting cancer. We are about their family members, their friends, their co-workers and classmates. If there is one thing we know for sure it is that we all have a story to share and the more we share the stronger our community." LIVESTRONG invites you to share your cancer story here and wear yellow in honor of LIVESTRONG ...

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New Spanish Versions of ‘Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans’ Resources

Check out two new Spanish versions of helpful materials from the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, available thanks to the U.S. Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. These materials offer adaptable strategies and tools for individuals to incorporate regular physical activity into an overall healthy lifestyle. Be Active Your Way: A Guide for Adults encourages individuals to get the amount of physical activity they need, based on the Guidelines and their own goals. Be Active Your Way: A Fact Sheet for Adults is a quick overview of the types and amount of physical activity recommended in the Guidelines. Download these and others English/Spanish resources from the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans ...

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