Webinar Series: Let’s Address Health Equity Together

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Health equity is where everyone has a fair, just opportunity to be healthier.

How can we reach this ideal, especially as Latinos face cancer and chronic disease health disparities rooted in systemic inequities in access to clinical trials, income, health care, food, housing, and discrimination?

Genentech_LogoYou’re invited to a webinar series, “Let’s Address Health Equity Together,” 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.

Here are the three webinars planned for 2024:

Here are the four webinars from 2023:

Here are the original six webinars from 2021-2022:

“These webinars will help healthcare professionals and the public understand and take action for health equity in South Texas and beyond, especially for Latinos,” said Dr. Amelie Ramirez, leader of Salud America! at UT Health San Antonio.

2024 Webinar Series: 4/25/24 — How to Equitably Respond to Local Cancer Needs

Do you how cancer impacts your local population? How can you help?

Find new strategies to address the local cancer burden at UT Health San Antonio’s webinar, “How to Identify and Equitably Respond to Local Cancer Needs,” at 10 a.m. Central on Thursday, April 25, 2024.

This webinar featured experts from the Mays Cancer Center at UT Health San Antonio, Moffitt Cancer Center in Florida, Genentech, as well as a patient advocate, who together explored local cancer issues.

Panelists shared how to strategically listen, engage, and respond to local cancer needs to guide cancer research, care, and outreach tailored to address the needs of local communities.

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2023 Webinar Series: 3/9/23 — Busting the Myths and Cultural Barriers to Clinical Trials

Some Latinos fear becoming a guinea pig.

This webinar will define clinical trials, bust several common cultural, social, and logistical myths about clinical trials, and share testimonials of real Latinos who have been through and benefited from clinical trials at the Mays Cancer Center at UT Health San Antonio and beyond.

Panelists will also connect audience members with culturally relevant resources and available opportunities to participate in clinical trials at the Mays Cancer Center to improve Latino enrollment in clinical trials.

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2023 Webinar Series: 4/5/23 — Importance of Biospecimens: Who Is Collecting and How Can You Get Latinos to Donate?

This webinar will feature a collection of local and national Latino experts who will promote the donation and collection of biospecimens, especially among Latinos and other people of color. When people donate biospecimens—blood, fluid, or tissue samples—it gives researchers the opportunity to better understand, treat, and prevent medical conditions from cancer to Alzheimer’s.

But not many people have heard of it, and biospecimens are especially needed from Latinos, who suffer health disparities.

This webinar will explore how to increase diverse donation and collection of biospecimens; including pointing to donation opportunities.

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2023 Webinar Series: 6/27/23 — How to Care for the Latino Caregiver

In Latino culture, family is the heart and children are expected to be caregivers for their aging parents.

1 in every 3 U.S. Latino households has at least one family caregiver. These Latino caregivers—mainly women in their 40s—juggle multiple jobs or leave the workforce entirely to enter the respectable but high-stress role of taking care of aging Latino family members, who are 1.5 times more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease and other age-related mental health issues.

Latino experts and caregivers will join this webinar to share how to support caregivers, and ease caregivers’ stress, anxiety, and depression.

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2023 Webinar Series: 9/20/23 — How to Systemically Address Social Determinants of Health in Our Clinics and Healthcare System

We know Latinos and other people of color face inequities in a variety of social determinants of health (SDoH), from housing to income, which make it harder to achieve health equity, where everyone has a fair and just opportunity to be their healthiest.

But why aren’t clinics and hospitals systematically checking patients for SDoH and connecting them to needed resources?

In this webinar, a panel of Latino experts will share how to consider and implement SDoH screening in a clinic or health system, with connections to equitable community resources.

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10/4/22 Webinar: Ladies, Why Should You Get Screened for Cancer?

Latino women in South Texas have lower cancer screening rates than their peers in the rest of Texas and nation.

This webinar will explore the cultural and other barriers to screening, demystify the screening tests, and share testimonials of Latinos who have gotten screened.

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8/17/22 Webinar: Why Should I Think about Joining a Clinical Trial?

This webinar will define clinical trials, break down the clinical trial process, explore clinical trials as treatment options, and share testimonials of real Latinos who have been through and benefited from clinical trials at the Mays Cancer Center.

We will also address the social determinants of health that prevent joining a clinical trial, from language to immigration status, and how to address those barriers through system changes. 

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6/9/22 Webinar: Men, Why Should You Get Screened for Cancer?

Latino men in South Texas have lower cancer screening rates than their peers in the rest of Texas and nation.

This webinar will explore the cultural and other barriers to screening, demystify the screening tests, and share testimonials of Latinos who have gotten screened.

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4/25/22 Webinar: Overcoming Implicit Bias in the Doctor’s Office and Research Studies

Doctors often have subconscious preferences for white patients over those of color.

This is implicit bias.

These biases — stereotypes that affect our understanding and decisions about others beyond our conscious control — lead to discrimination and health disparities.

This webinar will feature guest speakers to help health care professionals understand implicit bias, “rewire” it toward compassion for patients and research participants of color, and engage local leaders in implementing implicit bias training on a greater scale.

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2/10/22 Webinar: Targeting Social Needs in Efforts to Prevent and Reduce Cancer

This webinar will help health care professionals explore the alarming social needs experienced by their patients and research cohorts in the South Texas community.

Social needs include access to health care, insurance, immigration status, affordable housing, transportation, education, as well as cultural and linguistic barriers.

Webinar panelists also will share how health care leaders can participate in advocacy for policy and system changes that address these health inequities and social needs, beyond providing more sensitive care and/or research.

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12/14/21 Webinar: How to Encourage Latinos to Participate in Clinical Trials

Latinos represent 18.5% of the U.S. population, but are far less than 10% of those in federal cancer and drug studies.

This makes it hard for researchers to create treatments that work best for Latinos.

To address this issue, this webinar will help health care professionals understand the lack of Latino participation in clinical trials and explore strategies and system-changing advocacy actions to improve Latino enrollment in clinical trials.

Panelists Dr. Patricia Chalela, a Latino cancer researcher at UT Health San Antonio, Dr. Marcela Mazo Canola, a physician at the Mays Cancer Center, and Jeraldine Ortiz, a breast cancer survivor and clinical trial participant, will partake in a discussion moderated by Dr. Amelie G. Ramirez, director of Salud America! and the Institute for Health Promotion Research at UT Health San Antonio.

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Behind the Webinar Series

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.

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.

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