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Èxito! Grad Testimonial: David Irizarry



Editor's Note: This is the testimonial of a graduate of the 2011 Summer Institute of Èxito! Latino Cancer Research Leadership Training. Read more testimonials here or apply by March 1 for the 2012 Èxito! program. David Irizarry McAllen, Texas David Irizarry wasn’t sure where his career path was heading. With a background in political science and biology, he eventually decided to pursue a master’s degree in public health at the Texas A&M Health Science Center’s School of Rural Public Health in McAllen, Texas, where he also works as an administrative intern at a local hospital and a research assistant on campus. To further refine his career path and learn about doctoral programs, he joined Éxito! Latino Cancer Research Leadership Training—which aims to increase ...

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Èxito! Grad Testimonial: Laura Rubalcava



Editor's Note: This is the testimonial of a graduate of the 2011 Summer Institute of Èxito! Latino Cancer Research Leadership Training. Read more testimonials here or apply by March 1 for the 2012 Èxito! program. Laura Rubalcava Alexandria, Va. Laura Rubalcava knows the pain that weight prejudice can cause. She witnessed several family members struggle with obesity and get teased or treated rudely at school, work, stores—even doctor’s offices. She wanted to help them and people like them feel better. So Rubalcava earned a master’s degree in community counseling and provided families with nutrition and wellness counseling at a San Antonio, Texas, weight-loss center. She also spent time as a health educator and research associate at the Institute for Health Promotion Research ...

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Èxito! Grad Testimonial: Mary V. Diaz-Santana



Editor's Note: This is the testimonial of a graduate of the 2011 Summer Institute of Èxito! Latino Cancer Research Leadership Training. Read more testimonials here or apply by March 1 for the 2012 Èxito! program. Mary Vanellys Diaz Santana Puerto Rico Mary Vanellys Diaz Santana values the richness of culture and faith in her native Puerto Rico, but also understands how different cultural aspects can be barriers and enablers to public health. Santana’s strong passion for investigating the distribution, frequency and determinants of health led her to the University of Puerto Rico’s medical sciences campus, where she is pursuing a master’s degree in epidemiology. Her capable mentors have shaped her desire to start a career in cancer and chronic disease research. One of her ...

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Helping Teens Start Strong: Youths Highlighting Healthy Relationships



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. By SaludToday Guest Blogger Kristin Schubert According to the National Youth Risk Behavior survey, nearly one in 10 high school students nationwide has experienced physical dating violence. With a higher prevalence of dating violence among black and Hispanic students and serious concern over the negative health impacts of dating violence—national program by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) is working to promote healthy relationships among young adolescents to stop the violence before it starts. The program, Start Strong: Building Healthy Teen Relationships, targets 11- to 14-year-olds in 11 cities from ...

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New TV Series: ‘Feeding Minds: Texas Takes on Hunger and Obesity’



Check out a 30-second promo video in English or Spanish for a new TV series, "Feeding Minds: Texas Takes on Hunger and Obesity," which premieres on Texas PBS stations Feb. 23, 2012. The series aims to bring awareness to these overlapping issues and to share what government, community organizations and individuals are doing to combat them. Check your local listings for the series. For more information, follow this effort on ...

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VIDEOS: Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities



Watch new videos from Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities, a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, showcasing how the program is helping dozens of communities across the country to reshape their environments to support healthy living and prevent childhood obesity. The videos below feature program achievements in Chicago, and Central Valley, ...

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Study: Young Latino Children More Likely to Be Obese


Claudia Galindo

Editor’s Note: This is a 20-part series featuring new research briefs on Latino childhood obesity, nutrition, physical activity and more by the 20 grantees of Salud America! Part 17 is Dr. Claudia Galindo. Find all briefs here. Claudia Galindo “Obesity Among Young Latino Children: Disparities and Changes Over Time” In her Salud America! pilot research project, Dr. Claudia Galindo of the University of Maryland studied factors and behaviors that may affect weight, nutrition and physical activity among Latino youth. Key preliminary findings include: Latino children are more likely to be obese than White and Asian children at all points of observation; among Latino children from different countries and regions of origin, Central American, Puerto Rican and Mexican ...

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EVENT: Cancer Prevention & Women 3/8/12



Learn the importance of providing bilingual and culturally sensitive health care to our community at a unique training event, "Cancer Prevention & Women: A Look at Programs that Address Health Disparities Among Medically Underserved Populations," from 1-4 p.m. on Thursday, March 8, 2012, at the San Antonio College (SAC) Empowerment Center, 703 Howard Street in San Antonio. The event, a partnership between SAC and the Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR) at The UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, the team behind SaludToday, will feature IHPR researchers Dr. Daisy Morales-Campos, Christina M. Carmona, Rose A. Treviño, Guadalupe Cornejo and Erika G. Casasola, who will discuss Latina/o breast, cervical and colorectal cancer rates and cultural factors that impede ...

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Study: Teaching Latinos How to Buy Healthier Foods



Editor’s Note: This is a 20-part series featuring new research briefs on Latino childhood obesity, nutrition, physical activity and more by the 20 grantees of Salud America! Part 16 is Dr. Dharma Cortes. Find all briefs here. Dr. Dharma Cortes “Improving Food Purchasing Selection among Low-Income Latinos” In her Salud America! pilot research project, Dr. Dharma Cortes of the University of Massachusetts Boston used an educational intervention (i.e., guidelines geared to ease understanding of nutrition) to try to improve food purchasing behaviors and thus increase healthy eating among low-income Spanish-speaking Latino families with children under age 18. Key preliminary findings include: low-income Latino families spent one-third of their income on food; much of ...

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