Sex Education Could Start in 4th Grade in One State

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A controversial new law could force schools in Kentucky to start sex education in fourth grade, according to Lexington Herald Reader. What would this mean for Latinos? Teen pregnancy? Mental health? A Big Proposal for Earlier Sex Education Kentucky (3.5% Latino) has the seventh-highest teen birth rate in the United States. Tom Burch, a state representative, introduced House Bill 80 to lower those rates by arming students with more knowledge about their body, according to Lexington Herald Reader. Sex education is not mentioned in some homes because it can be hard to talk about, or embarrassing for parents and kids. Schools thus are sometimes the main path to sex education. Most schools are required to teach sex education. But it's usually to older students starting in ...

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UPDATE: CHIP Gets Funding! Deal Extends Healthcare to Kids for 6 Years!

After over 100 days of uncertainty since funding expired in September 2017... The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) has finally received full funding! U.S. Lawmakers voted to fund CHIP for another six years as part of the spending bill which reopened the government on Jan. 22, 2018. The timing could not have been any better, as CHIP temporary funding measures were scheduled to run out, as well. The program has received support both Democrats and Republicans in Congress, according to Vox. However, the program became an unfortunate bargaining tool, which caused widespread concern from both healthcare professionals and families dependent upon CHIP. “This action ends months of anxiety and worry for the hard-working families who rely on CHIP for life-saving health ...

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#SaludTues Tweetchat 1/30: National Glaucoma Awareness Month

Eight out of every 10 Latinos with glaucoma do not even know they have it, according to the National Eye Institute. January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month. Good vision is an important part of overall eye health, but knowing the risks of eye diseases can help everyone, especially Latinos, take preventative measures. To bring awareness to this disease, let’s use #SaludTues on Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018, to tweet about the latest on Latinos and glaucoma and how Latinos can improve or prevent glaucoma and other vision problems! WHAT: #SaludTues Tweetchat "National Glaucoma Awareness Month" TIME/DATE: 1-2 p.m. ET (Noon-1 p.m. CT), Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018 WHERE: On Twitter with hashtag #SaludTues HOST: @SaludAmerica Co-Host: American Academy of Ophthalmology ...

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Sports Advocate Opens the Gates for Families to Play at School Parks

George Block has fought for children for a long time. When Block saw disadvantaged kids not able to swim at local pools in the 1970s in San Antonio (63% Latino population), he fought for a new aquatic center that would provide free swim programs for them. When Block jogged through a low-income neighborhood and heard Mexican soccer games blaring from homes, but low youth soccer participation in the 1980s, he drove changes to enable more play. He even helped launch San Antonio Sports, a foundation that builds new sports facilities and spurs school facilities to open publicly. So…what did Block and his team do in 2016 when he saw many San Antonio families not using these facilities to capacity? He stepped up again and created a literal “gateway” to promote family use of ...

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The Crisis of Cervical Cancer among Latinas

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Cervical cancer is highly preventable. That is why it's so alarming that Latinas are twice as likely to be diagnosed with cervical cancer than other women. They also have the highest rate of cervical cancer among all women, according to CDC data. The big reason? Latinas are less likely to get regular Pap tests, which can detect the disease at an early, curable stage, experts say. "Most cervical cancers are found in women who have never had a Pap test or who have not had one recently," according to the American Cancer Society. "Women without health insurance and women who have recently immigrated are less likely to have cervical cancer screening." What Is Cervical Cancer? Cervical cancer is a type of cancer that occurs in the cells of the cervix, the lower part of the uterus ...

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Univision’s New Campaign Promotes Healthy Habits for Latinos

Univision, one of the world's largest multimedia companies, has launched a new campaign to promote better Latino health. Univision Contigo focuses on promoting healthy habits by providing simple, easy, at-home tips and ideas that families can integrate into their everyday lives. The goal is to get people more active and eating healthier. Healthy eating, regular physical activity and balancing the number of calories you eat with those you burn are key to maintaining a healthy weight. “One way Univision [is committed to Latino health] is through Univision Contigo, our award-winning corporate social responsibility and community empowerment platform,” according to a news release. “[The campaign] focuses on three specific verticals, building strong minds from 0-30, promoting ...

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Report: Saving CHIP Could Save the Government $6 Billion

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Millions of Latino and other families depend on the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) to get healthcare for their children. But CHIP funding ran out in Sept. 30 2017, amid partisan politics. Leaders installed temporary funding to keep the program afloat, but some states are preparing for the worst. What would it cost the government to extend CHIP for five years? $800 million. But if CHIP extends for 10 years, the government would actually save $6 billion, according to the nonprofit Congressional Budget Office, Vox reports. “Extending funding for CHIP for 10 years yields net savings to the federal government because the federal costs of the alternatives to providing coverage through CHIP (primarily Medicaid, subsidized coverage in the marketplaces, and ...

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Building A Trauma-Informed Care Network in South Texas

In the midst of the national opioid crisis are children. These children are dealing with traumatic events and often placed in foster care or with relative caregivers. Traumatic events hinder early childhood development and negatively impact school performance, lifelong physical and mental health, and professional success. Sadly, many Latino children do not get the services they need to heal and overcome the harmful effects of trauma. High rates of opioid and illegal substance abuse in Texas in 2015 sparked a small trauma-informed committee in San Antonio (67% Latino) to plan a trauma-informed conference to build a network of trauma-informed care in South Texas. They believe it is critical for counselors, teachers, caregivers, mental health professionals, and medical personal, ...

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L.A.M.A. Gives Back to Latino Families

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Motorcycle groups are popularly known for being big, bad bikers. But one group—Latin American Motorcycle Association (L.A.M.A.)—has squashed that stereotype with their amazing work to help their community. In particular, the L.A.M.A. Empire State (New York) chapter has joined many "for a cause" rides. They support Latino scholarship events. They plant trees. They escort military veterans on rides and memorials. They help with Puerto Rican hurricane relief efforts. They have strong family and community values. This work has earned the chapter the Richard K. Wager Inclusive Champion Award. The group received the award at the community’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. breakfast Jan. 19, 2018, reports the Poughkeepsie Journal. “We call ourselves ‘La Familia’ and, as ...

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