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Latino Health News, Stories, Funding & Events

Latinos, check out the latest on Latino health news and stories in the Spring 2010 E-newsletter from the Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR) at the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, the team behind SaludToday. The newsletter features: S.A. Teens’ Artistic Photos Illustrate Tobacco Problems UTHSCSA Frontera de Salud Med Students Aid Valley Residents WATCH our PSAs on Latino Cancer, HPV Research funding opportunties Health disparities events Health disparities resources For this and much more, check out our new ...

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New U.S. Cancer Statistics; Broken Down by Racial/Ethnic Group

The 1999–2006 United States Cancer Statistics (USCS): Incidence and Mortality online report offers high-quality cancer incidence statistics for each state having high-quality cancer data. The report, jointly produced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) in collaboration with the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries, features information on more than one million invasive cancer cases diagnosed during 2006 among residents of 48 states, 6 metropolitan areas, and the District of Columbia. The data also are broken down by racial/ethnic group. At the right is a chart of the Top 10 cancer sites for Latino ...

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Redes En Acción: Making a Difference Against Latino Cancer

Redes En Acción: The National Latino Cancer Research Network, which is funded by the National Cancer Institute and directed by Dr. Amelie G. Ramirez of SaludToday and the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, is celebrating 10 years of work to reduce Latino cancer. Redes has generated more than $200 million in funding for cancer research, trained more than 200 students and health professionals and conducted more than 2,000 community education events, bilingual materials and more. Watch a stirring video here or below about the program’s achievements among Latinos. Then join us! Also, watch the program’s six new PSAs touting Latino cancer prevention in English or Spanish here. To request broadcast-quality formats of the PSAs, email us ...

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San Antonio Researcher Wins Grant to Increase Latina Cancer Screening

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institution of Texas (CPRIT) this week announced the $6.8 million to fund 12 new cancer prevention programs throughout Texas. One of the projects is led by Cynthia Mojica, PhD, a researcher at the Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR) at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, the team behind SaludToday. Dr. Mojica's project, called Salud San Antonio!, will allow her to position four community health workers (promotoras) at four community health groups to deliver a cancer education and outreach program to increase screening rates and knowledge of breast, cervical, and colorectal cancer among Latinas living in 10 zip codes in San Antonio's West and South sides. These zip codes have been identified by the San Antonio ...

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Redes Report: News on Latino Cancer

Check out some Latino cancer news in the new issue of the Redes Report, the quarterly newsletter of Redes En Acción: The National Latino Cancer Research Network, a national program led by the Institute for Health Promotion Research at the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, the team behind SaudToday. The report contains news from the Redes network and the excellent work being conducted by dedicated role models working in Latino cancer research, training and awareness throughout the U.S. Read the newsletter ...

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How Healthy is Your County?

For the first time, residents from Carolina to California can find out exactly how healthy their county is. The health status of nearly every one of the nation's more than 3,000 counties is ranked in the new report, County Health Rankings: Mobilizing Action Toward Community Health, released Feb. 17 by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin's Population Health Institute. The rankings can be used to mobilize communities to improve health disparities. A USA Today story draws a few generalizations from the rankings: Healthier counties tend to be urban and suburban, while most (84%) of the 50 least-healthy counties are rural, sparsely populated areas where care is poor and the economy is depressed. Rates of premature death are also significantly higher (2.5 ...

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Spanish-Language Ads Get Message Across for ‘Quit Smoking’ Lines

It pays to advertise in Spanish if you want Spanish speakers to use a telephone helpline to quit smoking, according to a new study, Newswise reports. A study of usage of the Colorado QuitLine before and during a Spanish-language media campaign found that more Latinos called during and after the campaign and a greater percentage of those who called successfully quit smoking, according to the news report. Smoking cessation phone services offer counseling or coaching on how to quit smoking and sometimes offer nicotine replacement therapy products. Latinos who called the Colorado QuitLine because of an ad campaign were significantly younger and more likely to be uninsured and less educated. The seven-day abstinence rates for Latinos who dialed in during the campaign was 41 percent, compared ...

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Latino Rises from Slums to Prominent Cancer Research Career

The story of SaludToday researcher Dr. Dan Hughes, assistant professor at the Institute for Health Promotion Research at the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, was featured in the CRCHD Cancer Disparities E-Bulletin: Daniel C. Hughes, Ph.D. has never forgotten his beginnings. Much of his work is dedicated to studying cancer health disparities as a researcher and assistant professor at the Institute for Health Promotion Research Group at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio. He grew up in the slums of Mexico City, the 4th youngest of five siblings which to a single mother. “We never knew how poor we really were,” Hughes said. His mother received no child support, no welfare checks, and the family had no refrigerator, no television set, not even a ...

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San Antonio Students Help Put Spotlight on Tobacco Cessation

Eight San Antonio high-school students, including several Latinos, will be recognized on Jan. 22, 2010, for their outstanding work in a Photovoice project that highlights youth tobacco concerns in the community. For the project, students from Kennedy and Memorial high schools in San Antonio identified important issues related to tobacco through group discussions and Photovoice, which blends a grassroots approach to photography and social action, to empower the students to take social action within their community. Students created presentations using their photos and captions. An award ceremony for the students starts at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22, 2010, at the Casa de Mexico International Building at the Alameda Koehler Auditorium in San Antonio. The public is invited to this free ...

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