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VIDEOS: Latino Scholarship Recipients Ready to Improve People’s Health



Watch these great videos of Jocelyn Martinez and Ignacio Gonzalez, just two of the 110 high school seniors and 32 college students awarded a $2,000 Kaiser Permanente Northwest Career Scholarship in 2012. Martinez wants to become a doctor of oncology, and Gonzalez a pediatrician. The scholarship program encourages diversity in the health care workforce and honors teachers that make a difference in the lives of their students. To learn more, go ...

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VIDEOS: Online Tools Allow Deeper Investigation into Childhood Obesity



The National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR) has new animated videos demonstrating how to navigate NCCOR’s online tools—the Catalogue of Surveillance Systems and Measures Registry—which help researchers more easily investigate childhood obesity in America. The Catalogue of Surveillance Systems provides one-stop access for users to review, sort, and compare more than 85 surveillance systems relevant to childhood obesity research and the evaluation of policy and environmental interventions. The Measures Registry is a portfolio of more than 800 measures related to diet and physical activity. The tool allows researchers to more efficiently find and select measures that are critical to accelerating obesity prevention research. Or watch the videos at ...

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San Antonio Researcher Elected to Council Targeting Pediatric Obesity



Dr. Deborah Parra-Medina, professor and researcher at the Institute for Health Promotion Research at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, was elected to The Obesity Society’s Pediatric Obesity Section, which supports scientific efforts to understand child obesity and inform its treatment and prevention. The Obesity Society aims to advance the science-based understanding of the causes, consequences, prevention and treatment of obesity to improve the lives of those affected by creating the leading professional society in the field. The Society’s Pediatric Obesity Section aims to: promote networking and collaboration among pediatric obesity researchers and practitioners; promote pediatric obesity clinical practice; and increase the national ...

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How a Professional ‘Abuela’ Spawned a Career in Health Promotion



Armida Flores was a professional abuela—babysitting her granddaughters, volunteering at their schools, etc.—until they moved to California a few years ago. Then Flores wasn’t sure what to do with her newfound spare time. So the Mexico native, who was 30 years removed from school, didn’t know much English and had no career training, decided to enroll in bilingual nursing classes at Palo Alto College in San Antonio and simultaneously earned her GED in Spanish in 2008. She also took beginner and advanced English to polish her language skills, and in May 2012 earned an associate’s degree in social work, psychology and Spanish. “The biggest obstacle I had to overcome was to accept that I am not too old to start a new process in my life,” said Flores. “Now that I ...

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SaludToday Blog & Twitter Now ‘Award-Winning’ SaludToday Blog & Twitter



Improving Latinos' health is certainly rewarding enough. But we're especially honored today that SaludToday, the Latino health website, blog and social media campaign directed by the Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR) at The UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, was recognized by the 14th annual Web Health Awards, which laud honors the nation’s best digital health resources. SaludToday earned a "silver" award for its blog and a "merit" award for its Twitter feed. The IHPR also earned a "merit" award for its quarterly E-newsletter, IHPR Noticias, which trumpets the latest advancements in Latino health disparities news and research. For the Web Health Awards competition, which is held twice yearly, a panel of 32 experts in digital health media served as judges ...

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Targeting Latino Liver Cancer and Improving the Lives of Cancer Survivors



Find the latest in Latino health—from fighting Latino liver cancer to innovative ways to improve life for Latino cancer survivors—in the new E-newsletter from the Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR) at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. The IHPR E-newsletter has these stories: Story and Video: Study Links Diabetes, Obesity to Liver Cancer in Latinos (Pg 1) Story: How a Professional Abuela Spawned a Health Career (Pg 2) Story: Clinical Trials & You (Pg 2) Story: Join Study Motivating Cancer Survivors to Get Fit (Pg 3) Story and Video: Closing Health Gaps for Latino Cancer Survivors (Pg 4) Videos: Health Novelas, Stories of Latino Diabetics, & More (Pg 10) The E-newsletter is jam-packed with even more info on the latest ...

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Young Leader Awards: Recognizing Leadership for a Healthier America



Editor’s Note: This post is part of an ongoing series that will highlight the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s work in Latino communities across the country. As a part of its 40th anniversary commemoration, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) will honor up to 10 individuals age 40 and under who offer great promise for leading the way to improved health and health care for all Americans. Each recipient of the Young Leader Award will get $40,000 as acknowledgement of his or her accomplishments in research, direct care, policy, technology, community programs or other areas. Diversity and inclusion are core values of RWJF, and nominations of young leaders from the widest array of perspectives and experiences are encouraged. RWJF believes that the more its work includes diverse ...

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Infographic: When We Eat Matters



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LOL is Serious Business for People with Lupus



Launched in celebration of Lupus Awareness Month in May, Lupus Out Loud (LOL) is a new online movement and video developed to encourage people with lupus to speak “out loud” about their symptoms. The movement was inspired by the results of a recent Roper survey that found 52% of lupus patients surveyed reported that they minimize their symptoms when speaking with their doctor. Lupus facts: Prevalence: About 90% of people diagnosed with lupus are women. Prevalence: Lupus is more common in women of African American, Hispanic, Asian, and Native American descent than in Caucasian women. Symptoms: Affect multiple parts of the body, range from mild to severe and may come and go over time. Diagnosis: Challenging and may take years and a number of doctor visits to ...

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