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Family is the heart of Latino culture.
Many Latinos are expected to take on the respectable but high-stress role of caregiving for their aging parents, who are 1.5 times more likely than non-Latino Whites to develop Alzheimer’s disease.
Join UT Health San Antonio’s webinar — “How to Care for the Latino Caregiver” — at 11 a.m. CST on Tuesday, June 27, 2023, to explore how to support Latino caregivers as they support their families.
Panelists from UT Health San Antonio, the National Alliance for Caregiving, and Genentech will share how to ease caregivers’ stress, anxiety, and depression, as part of Alzheimer’s And Brain Awareness Month in June.
This is a part of a webinar of a series, “Let’s Address Health Equity Together.”
The series is a collaboration of the Salud America! program at the Institute for Health Promotion Research at UT Health San Antonio, the Mays Cancer Center at UT Health San Antonio, and Genentech.
Learn about the Speakers for this Webinar on Clinical Trials
Here are the panelists for the webinar, which will follow a question-and-answer discussion session format moderated by Dr. Amelie Ramirez.
Dr. Amelie G. Ramirez (moderator) is an internationally recognized researcher in Latino health promotion and behavioral change. She is director of Salud America! and its home base, the Institute for Health Promotion Research in the Department of Population Health Sciences at UT Health San Antonio. She has spent over 30 years directing research on human and organizational communication to reduce chronic disease and cancer health disparities affecting Latinos, including cancer risk factors, clinical trial recruitment, tobacco prevention, obesity prevention, and promotion of health equity. She also is associate director of cancer outreach and engagement at the NCI-designated Mays Cancer Center at UT Health San Antonio.
Jason Resendez is the President and CEO of the National Alliance for Caregiving, where he leads research, policy, and innovation initiatives to build health, wealth, and equity for America’s 53 million family caregivers. Jason is a nationally recognized expert on family care, aging and the science of inclusion in research and in 2020, he was named one of America’s top influencers in aging by PBS’s Next Avenue alongside Michael J. Fox and Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy. Prior to joining NAC, Jason was the founding executive director of the UsAgainstAlzheimer’s Center for Brain Health Equity and was the principal investigator of a Healthy Brain Initiative cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). While at UsAgainstAlzheimer’s, he pioneered the concept of Brain Health Equity through peer-reviewed research, public health partnerships, and public policy. Earlier in his career, Jason worked at the nation’s leading Latino civil rights organizations UnidosUS and the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC). Jason is from South Texas and graduated from Georgetown University.
Dr. Claudia Satizabal is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Population Health Sciences of UT Health San Antonio, and the Glenn Biggs Institute for Alzheimer’s & Neurodegenerative Diseases, where I lead the Population Neuroscience core. Her research focuses on the epidemiology of lifestyle and genetic determinants influencing stroke, imaging markers of brain aging, cognitive decline, and dementia. My contributions to the scientific literature encompass temporal trends in dementia incidence; the genetic architecture of dementia and related endophenotypes (structural and small vessel disease MRI markers, fluid biomarkers, cognitive function), as well as the identification of circulating biomarkers (inflammatory, growth factors, adipokines, fatty acids) of dementia.
Dr. Sara Masoud is an the Community Outreach Coordinator for the Caring for the Caregiver program at UT Health San Antonio. She works to connect and partner with communities to plan programs that are interesting and helpful to people living with dementia and family caregivers. She also helps with the SA Amigos Memory Café gatherings, a monthly event with social activities that brings people together in a dementia friendly, inclusive way. Her research is focused on engaging with communities impacted by dementia so they can lead research that is important to them, including a project to partner with Latino communities of South Texas to identify dementia care research topics and create resources that promote better representation of Latinos in research about their care. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at El Paso, a master’s in public health degree from the UT Houston Health Science Center, and PhD in translational science from the the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at UT Health San Antonio.
Melissa Flores is a Clinical Counselor and Community Programs Coordinator with the Glenn Biggs Institute for Alzheimer’s and Neurodegenerative Diseases at UT Health San Antonio. She has a history of .
Jenée D. Williams, MBA, is Director, Patient Advocacy Relations, at Genentech. In her role, Jenée leads patient, advocate, care partner and thought leader engagement within the Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease communities, bringing their insights and perspectives into every stage of drug development at Genentech. She is also leading her team’s efforts to understand how they might expand impact with historically un-engaged patient communities. Jenée was inspired to enter patient advocacy while journeying with her grandmother as she navigated cognitive decline and a lung cancer diagnosis. The experience fuels her passion for providing equity and resources for everyone. Jenée has been with Genentech for 17 years. Prior to joining the patient advocacy team, she was a Clinical and Reimbursement Manager of Ocrevus, a Field Reimbursement Manager for Lucentis, a Planning Lead in the Quality Compliance Office for Access Solutions, and a Senior Foundation Specialist for Genentech’s Access to Care Foundation. She is most proud of the work she has led for Alzheimer’s, being a champion for the Alzheimer’s disease community and pushing novel opportunities for colleagues to hear and understand the community voice. Jenée is driven by connecting with patient communities and listening to their unique perspectives, and she is passionate about learning how to meaningfully engage. She values trust, integrity, authenticity, inclusion and faith. Based in the San Francisco Bay area, Jenée holds an MBA from Golden Gate University and a bachelor’s in journalism from Hampton University. Her hobbies include food, travel, theater, community service, basketball, concerts and spending time with family.
Behind the Webinar Series on Health Equity
The “Let’s Address Health Equity Together” webinar series is a collaboration of the Salud America! program at the Institute for Health Promotion Research at UT Health San Antonio, the Mays Cancer Center at UT Health San Antonio, and Genentech.
Four webinars are planned for 2023.
Six webinars occurred from 2021-2022.
Salud America! is a national Latino-focused organization that creates culturally relevant and research-based stories, videos, and tools to inspire people to start and support healthy changes to policies, systems, and environments where Latino children and families can equitably live, learn, work, and play.
The Mays Cancer Center, also known as the UT Health San Antonio MD Anderson Cancer Center, has a mission to decrease the burden of cancer in San Antonio, South Texas and beyond. We bring South Texas a level of exceptional care that is comparable with the nation’s most respected programs. More patients put their trust in our program because we have a unique understanding of our community’s cancer care needs. We excel in delivering advanced therapies.
Founded more than 40 years ago as the first biotechnology company, Genentech is dedicated to the rigorous pursuit of science and the development and delivery of life-changing medicines for people facing serious diseases. Headquartered in South San Francisco, California and a proud member of the Roche Group, our community is united by a common purpose and sense of urgency to transform the future of healthcare. Learn more at gene.com.