Nonprofit Offers Bilingual Counseling to Help Latinos Enroll in Healthcare



Health issues disproportionately plague the immigrant community in Broward County, Fla. (27% Latino), as they often lack access to healthcare due to lack of insurance, language barriers, and other obstacles. Magaly Alvarado, of Hispanic Unity of Florida (HUF), works to improve the lives of this underserved population—especially in health and wellness. They began conducting special registration events and outreach to reduce the barriers Latinos face in enrolling for health insurance and accessing healthcare. Hard choices due to finances Magaly Alvarado, program manager of the local immigrant advocate group Hispanic Unity of Florida (HUF), knows that Broward County, Fla. (27% Latino), has a geographic location that has led it to become a popular entry point into the United States ...

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San Antonio Clinic Brings Healthcare to the Underserved



The east side neighborhood of San Antonio (63.2% Latino) struggles with socioeconomic hardships, health disparities, and a lack of access to quality healthcare. In the past few years, the nonprofit Eastside Promise Neighborhood (EPN) has sought ways to improve conditions for residents in the city’s east side. To solve the gap in the availability of healthcare options in the area and fight health disparities, the EPN partnered with a provider, CommuniCare Health Partners, to open a new health clinic in the area. Latinos in need in San Antonio San Antonio’s historic east side neighborhood is home to 17,955 residents (mostly Latino), more than 200 private businesses, and six schools on 3.5 square miles bounded by Interstate 37 to the west, Fort Sam Houston to the north, AT&T ...

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Schools Reboots Recess to Boost Activity, Reduce Bullying



Edmonds School District, in Snohomish County (9.5% Latino), recently approved a Recess Remodel Program based on a program they piloted last spring to reduce bullying at recess and increase concentration in the classroom. The remodel includes “clearly delineated activity zones, such as four square, hopscotch and basketball” on the playground as well as physical education teachers to reinforce rules and safety. This more structured environment makes kid’s activity choices clear, which increases participation in physical activity, thus decreases disciplinary problems on the playground and increases impulse control in the classroom. In addition to reduced bullying and increased concentration, are the health benefits of increased physical activity. Latino kids are typically ...

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3 Reasons Why Latinos Struggle More with Eating Disorders


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Obese Latinos struggle more than four times as much with binge eating disorder than the overall population, according to a post by The Bella Vita Eating Disorder Program. Why is binge eating a problem for Latinos? Dr. Patricia Pitts, founder and CEO of The Bella Vita, mentions three reasons: Acculturation (the adjustment to a new culture). "The negative effects of acculturation to American culture on diet and substance use are emerging in the research. Acculturation also carries health risks for both obesity, type two diabetes, and cardiovascular disease." Income. "Low-income individuals must deal with barriers to affordable, quality fruits and vegetables, walking or exercising in unsafe neighborhoods, and finding the time to engage in healthy eating habits while struggling ...

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