Latino Health Fails in One Town, But Prospers 68 Miles Away. Why?

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Grant County, New Mexico (50% Latino). Luna County, New Mexico (65% Latino). Two counties. Both rural, largely Latino, with high poverty. Only 68 miles apart. Yet health is failing in one county, and prospering in the other. Why is this? What can we do? Health Ratings: Luna vs. Grant U.S News & World Report's new Healthiest Communities rankings use a 100-point scale to assess well-being in 3,000 U.S. counties. Metrics include economic, educational, and health outcome Grant County scored 62 of 100. Luna County scored 31 of 100. Grant ranks in the top-third of counties. They rank 20th among other rural communities with up-and-coming economies. Luna ranks in the bottom-third of counties. In health outcomes, Grant is doing better than Luna in many aspects: ...

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CDC: Latino Alzheimer’s Cases to Surge Seven-Fold by 2060

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The U.S. burden of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias will more than double within 50 years, and Latinos will suffer the biggest rise, according to a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. CDC indicates the total number of Alzheimer's cases will rise from 4.9 million in 2014 to 1.4 billion in 2060. But themost staggering rise is among Latinos: Latinos living with Alzheimer's will rise from 430,000 in 2014 to 3.2 million in 2060. That is a more than seven-fold increase in that span. African Americans living with Alzheimer's will rise from 573,000 million in 2014 to 2.2 million in 2060. White (non-Latinos) living with Alzheimer's will rise from 3.7 million in 2014 to 7.4 million in 2050, before starting to decline to 7.1 million in ...

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Minerva Perez Busts Fear, Builds Mental Health Support for Latino Immigrants

Fear. Of being deported. Losing homes. Losing children. Minvera Perez knows Latino immigrants live in constant fear in East Hampton, N.Y. (17.1% Latino), which stresses these parents and kids—not to mention harming their physical and mental health. Perez wanted to help. How could she overcome Latino families' grim fears and stresses, and ease their mental health burden? Levels of Fear Perez is executive director of Organizacion Latino-Americana of Eastern Long Island (OLA). OLA promotes cultural, social, economic, and educational development within Long Island’s East End Latino communities, specifically Suffolk County, N.Y. (19.5% Latino). Perez and OLA are speaking up for social justice for Latino immigrants. "Right now, Latino members in our community need ...

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Doctor’s Mental Health & Resiliency Training for Immigrant Kids─in School!

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Dr. Heyman Oo treated a lot of traumatized child immigrants while a pediatric resident at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and now as pediatrician at a California clinic system. Oo knows these kids often face extreme poverty before immigration. After, they face parental separation, detention, and discrimination. No wonder they also suffer stress, depression, and other mental health issues, and are at risk for dropping out of school and absenteeism, according to a Salud America! research review. Oo wanted to help. She joined a task force designed to support children amid a growing number of unaccompanied minors being apprehended at the California border, which led to a big change. Unaccompanied Minors In 2014, more than 68,000 unaccompanied immigrant minors were ...

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Research: Kids, Elderly, and People with Disabilities Will Suffer if SNAP Gets Cut

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40 million low-income people across the U.S. are in danger of losing a critical lifeline as federal funding for SNAP, commonly known as the food stamp program, hangs in the balance. But just who are these families? What would losing benefits mean? Two new research reports provide an answer. SNAP & Families SNAP provides temporary support to help people and families afford food. It is the nation’s largest nutrition assistance program, with $70 billion in funding in fiscal-year 2017. Latinos comprise more than 20% of SNAP participants. But 1 in 11 households who receive SNAP benefits would no longer be eligible under a revised House Farm Bill, according to data from Mathematica Policy Research cited by the recent State of Obesity report from Trust for America's Health ...

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#SaludTues Tweetchat 10/2: Recognizing Health Fraud

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Did you know that Latinos and African-Americans report fraud less than the rest of the population? Sadly, many Latinos and other minorities don't know that reporting fraud helps stop it. Join our tweetchat to learn more about protecting yourself and loved ones from health fraud. Let’s use #SaludTues on Tuesday, October 2, 2018, to tweet in English and Spanish about the latest strategies to help Latinos and all people avoid health fraud and get access to truly beneficial health care! WHAT: #SaludTues Bilingual Tweetchat: "Recognizing Health Fraud" TIME/DATE: 1 P.M. ET, Tuesday, October 2, 2018 WHERE: On Twitter using hashtag #SaludTues HOST: @SaludAmerica CO-HOSTS: FDA Office of Minority Health (@FDAOMH), FDA en Espanol (@FDAenEspanol), FDA Office of Regulatory ...

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Immigration-Informed CHWs Link Families to Economic, Social, Legal Supports

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No money. No quality childcare. No social or legal support. These big stressors plague many parents, and can spur domestic violence and child maltreatment, hampering a child’s early and future development. Fortunately, Project DULCE is testing a unique solution. DULCE adds a “family specialist” to a child’s pediatric healthcare team. The Family Specialist builds relationships of trust and respect with enrolled families and connects families to social services if they want ─ like food stamps, housing vouchers, and legal services ─ to reduce economic stress and prevent maltreatment. Public health advocates often talk about health and quality of life in an “upstream-downstream” fashion. They want to highlight the importance of prevention and the influence of ...

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Are Household Cleaners Making Kids Overweight?


Latino kids are already at a big disadvantage to achieve a healthy weight. They lack opportunities to engage in physical activity and they often live in a food swamp and/or a food desert. Now, household cleaners may also contribute to the obesity crisis. Multi-surface disinfectants and other household cleaners can be making children overweight, according to a new study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. The study suggested that these cleaners alter gut bacteria, specifically Lachnospiraceae. Lachnospiraceae is a family of gut bacteria and are a normal component of our gut microbiota. This family develops during infancy when we gain a greater number of bacterial species, in which, each species decreases or increases over time. About The Study The study used ...

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