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Resource: Bilingual Information on Heart Health



To help Latinos from suffering from heart disease, stroke, and other cardiovascular diseases, the Million Hearts program has released some new Spanish-language resources to get this group information and tools needed to improve their heart health. Resources include: Million Hearts website (en Español) Four Steps for Heart Health Community Health Workers Fact Sheet How to Control Your Hypertension by Learning to Control Your Sodium Intake: A Fotonovela How to Control Your Hypertension by Learning to Control Your Sodium Intake: Promotora Guide Million Hearts is a national initiative that was launched by the Department of Health and Human Services in September 2011 to prevent one million heart attacks and strokes over five years. The group asks you to share your heart ...

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Who is Èxito!: Alyssa De Santiago



Editor's Note: This is the story of a graduate of the 2012 Èxito! Latino Cancer Research Leadership Training program. Apply by April 1, 2013, for the 2013 Èxito! program. Alyssa De Santiago Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. As a first-generation college student, Alyssa De Santiago experienced many challenges because she had little help navigating her way through her undergraduate education. But with a father who said she could do anything and a grandmother who would help her talk through any problems as she rolled and made tortillas, she capitalized on a strong support system to become her family’s first college graduate when she earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Whittier College in California. With experience as a pharmacy tech, children’s tutor, and public health intern, ...

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‘Campeonas’ Encourage Discussion of Breast Cancer Screening Among Latinas



The Prevent Cancer Foundation has designed, developed and pilot-tested “Campeonas contra el cáncer de seno” (Champions Against Breast Cancer), a culturally appropriate, peer-to-peer outreach effort to improve breast cancer screening among Latinas. By sharing their own experiences with being screened for breast cancer, “Campeonas” encourage their female friends and family members over the age of 40 to get mammograms. “Campeonas” training and free-standing community educational materials are now available for free on the Prevent Cancer Foundation’s website (in both Spanish and English) for community health organizations. One of these materials is an illustrated novela, “Un Encuentro Oportuno: Conversando Sobre el Cancer de Seno” (A Timely Encounter: Talking About ...

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New Research Discovers Promising Approaches to Prevent Latino Childhood Obesity



Guided grocery store trips, menu labeling at restaurants, community gardens, and video-game-based exercise programs are among several promising, culturally appropriate ways to prevent obesity among Latino children, according to a new collection of studies from Salud America! The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Research Network to Prevent Obesity Among Latino Children published in a supplement to the March issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Salud America! is a national network of researchers, advocates, and policymakers established in 2007 that seeks environmental and policy solutions to Latino childhood obesity, an American epidemic. The supplement focuses on Salud America! achievements in the past five years and features 19 papers of groundbreaking research on ...

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Who is Èxito!: Roger Figueroa



Editor's Note: This is the story of a graduate of the 2012 Èxito! Latino Cancer Research Leadership Training program. Apply by April 1, 2013, for the 2013 Èxito! program. Roger Figueroa San Antonio, Texas Puerto Rico native Roger Figueroa could be called a modern-day pioneer. With limited resources and limited knowledge of English, he ventured to the U.S. seeking better career opportunities and a better life. He’s already having great success, completing his master’s degree in health and kinesiology at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) and he working as a research assistant on several studies, including one testing faith-based methods of preventing obesity and another to reduce barriers to physical activity among Latino children. Through his career networks he ...

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Video: Cancer Facts & Figures for Latinos



New data is available on the number of new cancer cases and cancer deaths, cancer incidence and mortality trends, cancer survival rates, and prevalence of cancer risk factors and screening utilization, according to a recent report by the American Cancer Society (ACS) The report provides a detailed summary of information about cancer in the U.S. Hispanic population for community leaders, public health and health care workers, and others interested in cancer prevention, early detection, and treatment for Hispanics/Latinos. Check out this video of Angelina Esparza, ACS director of health equity, as she explains the findings of the ...

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Who is Èxito!: Steven Lopez



Editor's Note: This is the story of a graduate of the 2012 Èxito! Latino Cancer Research Leadership Training program. Apply by April 1, 2013, for the 2013 Èxito! program. Steven Lopez San Mateo, Calif. Steven Lopez’s migrant parents beamed with pride as they dropped him off for his first year at Stanford University—in the same region of California which they had picked fruit from years before to make a living. Appreciating the sacrifices and hard work of his parents to give him a better life and opportunities, Lopez dedicated himself to his studies and earned a bachelor’s degree in urban studies from Stanford University. In addition, Lopez obtained a master’s degree in public health and public policy from the University of California, Berkeley. With this level of ...

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Who is Èxito!: Rossy Belle Perales



Editor's Note: This is the story of a graduate of the 2012 Èxito! Latino Cancer Research Leadership Training program. Apply by April 1, 2013, for the 2013 Èxito! program. Rossy Belle Perales Houston, Texas Rossy Belle Perales pursues opportunities with great confidence and inspiration from the quote, “Shoot for the moon. Even If you miss you will land among the stars.” Identifying herself with the people of Puerto Rico, her native land, and with the Hispanic community of Houston, Ms. Perales has embraced the culture and traditions of both ethnic groups, which have made her the person she is today. Perales earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in public health (epidemiology and biostatistics) from the University of South Florida, and she spent time coordinating research ...

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Cool Video & More: Latino Teens, Families Pushing for Healthier Policies



How can... Latino Teens Push for Healthier Policies? (Pg 1) Researchers Spur Advocacy Action? (Pg 3) Videos Showcase Healthy Lifestyles? (Pg 6) Find out in the Salud America! E-newsletter. Also find lots more news, research and funding inside the E-newsletter, and discover the preliminary research results of several Salud America! grantees working in Latino clinics, communities, and schools. Salud America! is funded by RWJF and directed by the Institute for Health Promotion Research at The UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, which developed SaludToday. To sign up to receive Salud America! E-newsletters, go ...

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