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#SaludTues Tweetchat 4/17: Climate Changes Health—Transportation & Community Design



Climate change is happening and it can worsen health. Automobiles, for example, impact the climate by contributing to extreme heat, poor air quality, and health issues like asthma. Extreme weather conditions can damage transportation networks, limiting access to education, employment, or healthcare, and can lead to spikes in gasoline prices. Vulnerable populations—Latinos, low-income communities, the elderly, children, and people with chronic illnesses—are less able to adapt to or recover from these climate change impacts, increasing their risk for heart disease, diabetes, heat stroke, asthma, stress, anxiety and depression. Clean transportation and healthy community design can ease the negative health impacts of climate change and have the potential to reduce obesity, heart ...

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#SaludTues Tweetchat 4/10: Health and Safety at Home for Latino Kids



It's the season for Spring cleaning and getting kids outdoors to play, but there are safety precautions to consider at the start of the sunny seasons. Did you know that on average, one child dies every 10 days when a TV or furniture falls onto him or her, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Commission. How can families stay healthy and safe at home? Let’s use #SaludTues on Tuesday, April 10, 2018, to tweet about the latest at-home safety and health, and preventative measures that can help Latino kids and their families.  WHAT: #SaludTues Tweetchat "Health and Safety at Home for Latino Kids" TIME/DATE: 1-2 p.m. ET (Noon-1 p.m. CT), Tuesday, April 10, 2018 WHERE: On Twitter with hashtag #SaludTues HOST: @SaludAmerica CO-HOSTS: U.S. Consumer Product Safety ...

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#SaludTues Tweetchat 4/3: How to Improve Access to Healthy Foods/Drinks


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Sugar isn’t always sweeter. Latinos and many other families live in food environments with an abundance of unhealthy high-sugar food and drink options. They have less access to fresh produce, clean water, and other healthy options. This situation, sadly, sets the stage for obesity, diabetes, and more. Let’s use #SaludTues on Tuesday, April 3, 2018, to tweet how to increase the availability of and access to healthy food and water for Latino and all families! WHAT: #SaludTues Tweetchat: How to Improve Access to Healthy Foods/Drinks TIME/DATE: 1-2 p.m. ET (Noon-1 p.m. CT), Tuesday, April 3, 2018 WHERE: On Twitter with hashtag #SaludTues HOST: @SaludAmerica CO-HOSTS: Voices for Health Kids (@Voices4HK), Healthy Schools Campaign (@healthyschools), First 5 LA ...

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#SaludTues Tweetchat 3/20: Celebrating Child Life Specialists & Kids with Disabilities



As the U.S. Latino population continues to grow so does the need for quality health care services. Yet many Latinos remain uninsured and face barriers to care like poverty, and a lack of culturally and linguistically appropriate services. Latino children who are chronically ill or who have special needs are especially vulnerable due having the lowest rates of insurance coverage when compared to other minority kids. Despite these challenges, every child deserves the best quality of healthcare services available. For children who are chronically ill, this may take the form of a child life specialist, who can provide evidence-based therapeutic play and therapy to a child and also help establish trust with families. Let’s use #SaludTues on March 20, 2018, to chat about ways to ...

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#SaludTues Tweetchat 3/13: Women in Health, the Environment, and Policy



The places we are born, grow, live, work, and age were not created equitably for all. Women of color tend to live in places with less access to opportunity—safe places to walk and play, healthy food, quality education, public transportation, employment opportunities, and preventive health care. This hinders educational attainment, income, and physical and mental health. Fortunately, women are increasingly standing up to the historical social, environmental, and political issues that spur poor health. To celebrate Women’s History Month, let's use #SaludTues on March 13, 2018, to tweet about awesome women who have and continue to build a culture of health for Latino and all families in the places they live. WHAT: #SaludTues Tweetchat: "Women in Health, the Environment, ...

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#SaludTues Tweetchat: Workplace Eye Health and Safety Month



Every year, nearly 25,000 Americans visit the emergency room due to workplace eye injury, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology.  Good vision is an important part of overall eye health, especially in the workplace. As part of Workplace Eye Health and Safety Month in March, let’s use #SaludTues on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, to tweet about the latest on workplace eye injury, eye safety, and preventative measures that can help Latinos and all workers.  WHAT: #SaludTues Tweetchat "Workplace Eye Health and Safety Month" TIME/DATE: 1-2 p.m. ET (Noon-1 p.m. CT), Tuesday, March 6, 2018 WHERE: On Twitter with hashtag #SaludTues HOST: @SaludAmerica CO-HOSTS: Prevent Blindness Texas (@PBTEXAS), National Eye Institute (@NatEyeInstitute) We’ll open the ...

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#SaludTues Tweetchat 2/20: Oral Health Takes a Community



February is National Children’s Dental Health Month (#NCDHM)! What a great time to recognize the importance of kids' teeth. Yes, teeth. For kids, not properly caring for teeth can lead to cavities, decay, gum disease, and other oral health problems. It can force kids to miss school and fall behind in their academic development. More than that, it can eventually contribute to mental health issues, heart disease, certain cancers, and other major problems—all more prevalent among Latinos. The bottom line = Latino and all kid’s smiles matter! On Tuesday, Feb., 2018, let’s use #SaludTues to tweet about the issues, discuss solutions, and share resources on oral health for Latinos and all kids for National Children’s Dental Health Month! WHAT: #SaludTues Tweetchat: ...

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#SaludTues Tweetchat 2/13: Latinos, Heart Health & Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)


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On average, heart disease causes 1 death every 38 seconds, according to the American Heart Association. Latinos are often unaware of their risk for heart disease. Mexican Americans in particular have higher levels of uncontrolled blood pressure than non-Latino whites and are less likely to receive treatment for high blood pressure. This, poor diet and lack of physical activity, can put them at great risk for heart disease. What else contributes to poor heart health? Growing evidence shows that adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) also play a role in developing heart disease. Let’s use #SaludTues on Feb. 13, 2018, to chat about ways to promote heart health and prevent ACEs in Latino communities! WHAT: #SaludTues Tweetchat: “Latinos, Heart Health and ACEs" ...

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#SaludTues Tweetchat 2/6: A Trauma-Informed Approach to Improve Latino Health



Neglect. Abuse. Domestic violence. Living in foster care. Racism. Civil unrest. Fear of deportation. These traumas can severely damage children's minds and bodies. In fact, childhood trauma—also called adverse childhood experiences (ACEs)—can increase risk for health conditions like diabetes, spur risky behaviors like substance abuse and smoking, and cause depression and other mental health issues. These problems, which can last into adulthood, affect Latino children at a much higher rate. A trauma-informed approach can help educators and caregivers recognize the signs and symptoms of trauma to help children heal. Let’s use #SaludTues on Feb. 6, 2018, to Tweet about a trauma-informed approach to improve Latino and all kid’s health. WHAT: #SaludTues Tweetchat: “A ...

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