Latinos Face Challenges in Achieving a ‘Just Recovery’ From COVID-19: Exploring the 2022 County Health Rankings National Report

Where you live, work, and play significantly impacts overall wellbeing. That’s why it’s important to explore and understand health inequities that can impact quality of life and health outcomes for Latinos and other people of color. County Health Rankings & Roadmaps (CHR&R) is one such resource that helps leaders and county residents evaluate their community on a national scale. Created by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, CHR&R publishes an annual national findings report. The report revealed worsening health trends for women, minorities, and low-income individuals in 2022, similar to the 2021 report findings, but driven by COVID-19, the worst public health crisis in more than a ...

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What Are Latino Parents’ Top 10 Health Concerns for Kids?

As 2020 comes to an end, let’s take a look at health this year. In a year defined by the COVID-19 pandemic, parents have several concerns about the health and safety of their children. Overuse of social media/screen time (72%), bullying/cyberbullying (62%), and Internet safety (62%) were parents top overall concerns, according to the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health 2020. The survey asked a national sample of Latino, Black, and white parents to rate the top health concerns for U.S. children ages 0-18. “Overall, 8 of the Top 10 concerns most commonly rated by all parents as a ‘big problem’ are frequently associated with changes in lifestyle and may be related to efforts to control the COVID-19 pandemic,” according to the survey ...

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More Cities, States Pass Ban on Flavored Vaping amid COVID-19

More Cities and States Passes Ban on Flavored Vaping Amid COVID-19

Since the start of the pandemic, many health experts say smoking and vaping increase the risk of COVID-19. This happens by weakening the function of the lungs making it more susceptible to coronavirus — as well as its overall impacts. Moreover, new data from Stanford University shows that young people who vape are more susceptible to COVID-19 than those who do not. That data—collected from a May 2020 national survey of 13- to 24-year-olds—showed that vapers are five times more likely to get COVID-19. Many cities and states across the US are passing bans on flavored vaping products during the COVID-19 pandemic. Flavored Vaping Bans Across the Country Last month the California State Assembly passed a ban on the sale of flavored tobacco products, including e-cigarettes and ...

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Social Smoking Damages Your Lungs Almost as Much as Heavy Smoking

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A new study published in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine suggests that there is no safe level of tobacco smoke exposure and that smoking cessation is the most effective means of harm reduction. Researchers from Columbia University examined the lung function of 25,000 people, including smokers, ex-smokers, and those who have never smoked. The study found that people who smoke five cigarettes a day are doing almost as much damage to their lungs as people who smoke more than 30 cigarettes a day. "Light" or "social" smokers will develop as much lung damage in one year as "heavy" smoking does in nine months. The study also noted that each lit cigarette releases 7,000 chemicals, 69 of which are considered to be cancer-causing substances. "Smoking a few cigarettes a day is much ...

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Are Vapes and E-Cigs Causing Seizures in Kids, Young Adults?

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will investigate 127 reports of people suffering seizures and other neurological symptoms after using e-cigarettes. CDC reported 26 deaths on vaping-related lung illness and on Oct. 11, 2019, a17-year-old boy from the Bronx died of vaping-related illness, becoming the first teen fatality. Later, CDC produced a report suggesting that the outbreak of lung injury is associated with the use of e-cigarette, or vaping, products. As of Nov. 27, 2019, the CDC announced 47 deaths and 2,290 illnesses and the American Medical Association called for an immediate ban on all electronic cigarettes and vaping devices. The FDA said these reported cases occurred between 2010 and 2019, and, in addition to seizures, some people reported fainting or ...

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4 Tips to Protect Yourself from Skin Cancer

Summer will be here soon, and to be honest, I can’t wait to go picnic with the family, take a trip to the beach and enjoy the sun. As we enjoy all these great summer time activities, let’s keep in mind the risks of sun overexposure, including skin cancer. Melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer, is responsible for 79% of skin cancer-related deaths and is the leading cause of cancer death among women ages 25-30. All skin types and colors, including Latinos, are at risk. But, you don’t have to hide from the sun. Doctors say you can protect from skin cancer by following these simple tips from • Use a sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher every day • Cover up with clothing, including UV-blocking sunglasses • Apply 1 ounce of sunscreen to your ...

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Happy National Public Health Week

Today is the kick-off of National Public Health Week (April 4-10) and this year's theme is “Healthiest Nation 2030,” with the goal of making the U.S. the healthiest nation in one generation! How can you participate? • Organize a health walk around your office with your co-workers and post it on social media using #NPHW #SaludNPHW. • Promote healthy habits by posting recipes and/or workout routines. You can also join any of the events organized by the American Public Health Association, see their full calendar here. Happy NPHW and together let’s make the U.S. the healthiest nation, free of cancer and ...

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#SaludTues Tweetchat 1p ET 4/5/16: Latina Leaders in Public Health

 It is national public health week!#NPHWchat! #SaludTues! We are excited about Latina Leaders who are driving public health efforts! Latinas are more likely to deal with certain health disparities, and we need your help! Let’s use #SaludTues to tweet about, encourage and say thank you to the #LatinaLeaders in Health & Public Health! We also plan to give tips to anyone interested in being a health leader! Follow #SaludTues to join the conversation. WHAT: #SaludTues Tweetchat: “Latina Leaders in Public Health” DATE: Tuesday, April 5th 2016 TIME: 1-2 p.m. ET (Noon-1 p.m. CT) WHERE: On Twitter with hashtag #SaludTues HOST: @SaludToday CO-HOSTS: Hispanic Heritage Foundation( @HHFoundation), National Hispanic Media Association(@NHMAmd), Latina Researchers ...

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#SaludTues Tweetchat 03/29/16: Addressing the Latino Senior Health Gap

Latino senior citizens continue to be one of the largest groups “left behind” in terms of achieving and maintaining quality health care. Latino senior citizens also represent the largest population of still uninsured Americans despite concerted efforts to increase their enrollment. Let’s use #SaludTues on March 29, 2016, to tweet information and resources on Addressing the Senior Latino Health Gap: WHAT: #SaludTues Tweetchat: “Addressing the Latino Senior Health Gap” DATE: Tuesday, March 29, 2016 TIME: 1-2 p.m. ET (Noon-1 p.m. CT) WHERE: On Twitter with hashtag #SaludTues HOST: @SaludToday CO-HOSTS: National Council on Aging (@NCOAging) & AARP (@AARP). Questions we got via Social Media: Why do Latino senior citizens lag behind on health ...

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