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Advocates Urge Taking ‘Food Security’ Toward ‘Nutrition Security’


Advocates Urge Nutrition Security

Millions of Latinos and other Americans of color suffer from a lack of reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food. For years, experts and advocates have described this problem as “food insecurity.” However, as this conversation takes the forefront after a year of food-insecurity problems highlighted by the coronavirus pandemic, nutrition experts are now saying it is time to address food security in a new light: Through “nutrition security.” “You’ve probably heard the phrase ‘food security’ to describe consistent access to food,” Cara Rosenbloom, a registered dietitian and the president of Words to Eat By, wrote in a recent Washington Post perspective. “But many health professionals and policymakers think it’s an inadequate ...

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Data: Segregation Leads to Lower Income, Life Expectancy for Latinos


Data: Segregation Leads to Lower Income, Life Expectancy for Latinos

Living in segregated cities can have negative impacts on Latino and Black people rather than living in racially diverse areas, according to a new analysis from the University of California Berkeley’s Othering and Belonging Institute. “U.S. Latinos have a higher life expectancy and earn more yearly income when they live in racially mixed neighborhoods compared to areas that are predominantly Black or Latino, an analysis finds,” writes Russell Contreras, according to Axios. The analysis highlights areas with recent increases in segregation and the lasting implications that segregation has on life outcomes for Latino and Black children. What Does the Data Say on Segregation? The UC Berkeley’s Othering and Belonging Institute released a report in June 2021 after years of ...

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Raising Awareness of Disparities for LGBTQ Latinos


Latino LGBTQ pride

June marks LGBTQ Pride Month, which celebrates equality and visibility for the LGBTQ community. For LGBTQ Latinos, that means recognizing identity while raising awareness of disparities in HIV and AIDS treatment, mental health, and workplace discrimination. For some, it also means honoring the victims of the 2016 Orlando shooting at Pulse Nightclub, where most of the 49 victims were LGBTQ Latinos. Pride celebrations may be somewhat limited in various cities due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. But still, LGBTQ Latinos raise awareness and are proud. “For sure, when you are with other people you feel empowered and you feel solidarity. But you cannot cancel true pride. It is the product of many victories and struggles,” said Pedro Julio Serrano, a human rights activist ...

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Data: Latinos Make Up Less than 2% of COVID-19 Media Coverage


Data: Latinos Make Up Less than 2% of COVID-19 Media Coverage

The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically impacted Latinos. Latinos have suffered a disproportionate burden of coronavirus cases, hospitalizations, and deaths (especially among young people). But why has media coverage of Latinos and COVID-19 remained lower than other groups, barely making up 2% of all COVID-19 news? A data search conducted by the Berkeley Media Studies Group (BMSG) indicates that Latinos have not been covered by news media in COVID-19 coverage to the extent that other populations like Black people, Native Americans, and women have been covered. Let’s take a look at what the data shows and the implications that a lack of media coverage has on Latinos. What Does the Data Show? The U.S. media produced a whopping 2,073,217 stories on either “covid,” ...

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How Latino Seniors Can Get Help Navigating Healthcare


How Latino Seniors Can Get Help Navigating Healthcare

Latino seniors face many health disparities, including disproportionate rates of disability, Alzheimer’s, cancer, and more. Additionally, they may have trouble communicating with healthcare workers due to bias, discrimination, and lack of bilingual and culturally competent staff. A new resource wants to help elderly Latinos get quality healthcare by helping them navigate Medicare. Anhelo is an online and phone service that Spanish speakers can use to better understand their Medicare coverage options and ensure it meets their needs. Resources like Anhelo, along with other policies, can vastly improve the healthcare experience for Latino seniors. What Problems do Latino Seniors Face in Accessing Healthcare? Many barriers stand in the way of Latino seniors receiving proper ...

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Study: Fast-Food Ads Disproportionately Target Black, Latino Youth


Fast-Food Ads Target Youth

Across the nation, people of color have less access to healthy, nutritious foods. To super-size that unhealthy environment, the fast-food industry spent $5 billion on advertising in 2019, especially targeting Latino and Black youth, according to a new study from University of Connecticut’s Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity. “Fast-food consumption by children and teens has increased over the past decade, and fast-food advertising definitely plays a role in that rise,” said Dr. Jennifer Harris, senior research advisor for marketing initiatives at the Rudd Center and a co-author of the study. “Our findings show that these advertisements disproportionately target Black and Latino youth, groups who already face greater risk for obesity and other diet-related ...

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What is Your City’s ParkScore Ranking? Why Is It Important?


City ParkScore Ranking

Access to green, outdoor spaces can make a huge difference in the lives of marginalized groups, especially Latinos. Parks are essential for public health, climate resilience, and strong connected communities. Still, 100 million people in the US—including 28 million children—don't live in a home that is within a 10-minute walk of a park. The Trust for Public Lands (TPL) knows these facts and is working to improve countless lives through green spaces advocacy — including updating its annual ParkScore rankings. While there has been some movement in making parks more accessible, people of color still face “major disparities” in park access, according to TPL’s rankings. “In the 100 most populated cities, neighborhoods where most residents identify as Black, ...

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Abordando la Información Falsa Sobre las Vacunas y Generando la Confianza en las Vacunas


COVID-19 vacunas vaccine espanol

A medida que las vacunas contra el COVID-19 de Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna y Johnson & Johnson continúan distribuyéndose en todo el país, nos estamos acercando a la inmunidad colectiva y a poner fin a la pandemia. Un obstáculo en este camino es la desconfianza en las vacunas. La desconfianza en las vacunas es causada por una variedad de fuentes, como el trauma histórico por el maltrato en la atención de salud y la información falsa sobre las vacunas que circula en las redes sociales. La información falsa sobre las vacunas es especialmente peligrosa, ya que a menudo está dirigirá a las comunidades latinas y negras, que se han visto afectadas de manera desproporcionada por el COVID-19 y son las comunidades que más necesitan la vacuna. Repasemos las preguntas más ...

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Tasas de Casos y Mortalidad por el Coronavirus entre los Latinos en los Estados Unidos


Latina woman essential worker clerk store face mask for covid-19 coronavirus

El coronavirus COVID-19 puede afectar a cualquier persona. Pero los repores muestran que los latinos y otras personas de color se ven afectadas de manera desproporcionada, debido al deterioro de las desigualdades históricas. ¿Qué muestran los datos realmente? Tasas de casos de COVID-19 en los latinos Recientemente la población latina de los EE. UU. aumentó a 18,5%. Pero el coronavirus está enfermando de manera desproporcionada a los latinos. Los latinos representan actualmente el 28,8% de los casos de COVID-19 en los Estados Unidos, superados solo por los blancos (50,1%), según los datos de los CDC reportados el 16 de junio de 2021. Los datos por raza/etnicidad están disponibles para el 62% de los casos del país. Las hospitalizaciones asociadas con el COVID-19 ...

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