Webinar: What Does Your Health Story Say About You?

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In March 2024, we invited organizations, leaders, and clinicians in The Alamo City to learn about the social determinants of health (SDOH) in San Antonio and how they could leverage the All of Us Research Program to promote health equity in research.

This time, we are getting personal about your health by exploring the benefits of All of Us, including how you can get a free report about your genetic ancestry, your genetic traits (why you might love or hate cilantro), and risk for diseases.

To learn more about your story, join our webinar, “What Does Your Health Story Say About You? Investing in Personal Health Through All of Us,” at 10-11 a.m. CT, Thursday, June 20, 2024!

Join us as we take a tour of the interactive All of Us Research Program portal and answer some of your burning questions about how the program can help you and the greater good.

Speakers include esteemed representatives from San Antonio All of Us partners: South Texas Blood & Tissue, Salud America! at UT Health San Antonio, and the Mexican American Unity Council (MAUC).

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All of Us Webinar Speakers

The panel will be moderated by Catherine Wilson, communications specialist at the Institute for Health Promotion Research at UT Health San Antonio and content curator for Salud America! under the leadership of Dr. Amelie G. Ramirez.

Speakers include:

Crystal Requejo is the chief operating officer of the Mexican American Unity Council (MAUC) in San Antonio, Texas. She oversees all programs and operations at MAUC and its three affordable housing properties. She holds multiple certifications that help reduce social determinants of health in the community. She is also certified as a financial counselor for the NCLR Homeownership Network Learning Alliance (NHNLA) and is a Texas community health worker. In November 2018, she completed the National Association for Latino Community Asset Builders (NALCB) Pete Gallegos Fellowship and received her nonprofit management certification from the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA).

Allison Rhea has been the Manager of Clinical Research at South Texas Blood & Tissue since 2021 and has been part of the BioBridge Global enterprise since 2019. Prior to this, she worked as a Registered Nurse, as a recruiter for the National Marrow Donor Program, and as the manager of the Cord Blood & Birth Tissue Collection program at STBT. Allison has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Texas and a Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio.

Allison was born and raised on a farm west of San Antonio. She is currently married and is the proud mother of a little boy. Allison enjoys spending her free time with family, gardening, and reading.

Sandra Sivak is a Research Area Specialist with UT Health at its Institute for Health Promotion Research under the mentorship of Drs. Amelie Ramirez and Patricia Chalela. She plays a large role in supporting ongoing research studies and projects within the institution. Additionally, her field of work is centered on mitigating health disparities in underrepresented populations. This includes providing social support and cancer-based education to patients at the Mays Cancer Center and community members throughout San Antonio and surrounding areas. Sandra is also a Trained Tobacco Specialist who guides UT Health patients toward becoming smoke-free.

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All of Us Webinar Partners

The All of Us Research Program

The All of Us Research Program is inviting one million people across the U.S. to help build one of the most diverse health databases in history. We welcome participants from all backgrounds. Researchers will use the data to learn how our biology, lifestyle, and environment affect health.

South Texas Blood & Tissue

South Texas Blood & Tissue (STBT) is a nonprofit community blood center that provides blood, plasma, platelets, and other blood components to 100 hospitals in 48 South Texas counties. It is the largest blood supplier in our region. In addition, STBT supports the development of advanced therapies, including those derived from donated human cells and tissues used in research and in new therapies and cures for cancers and degenerative diseases. Through the generous life-legacy gifts of human tissue, STBT also supports development of tissue allografts for patients in need of reconstructive surgery, repair, or tissue regeneration. South Texas Blood & Tissue has a 50-year history serving the South Texas community and is part of the BioBridge Global family of nonprofit organizations, which offers services in regenerative medicine and research including blood banking and resource management; cellular therapy; umbilical cord blood collection and storage; donated human tissue recovery and distribution for transplant; and testing of blood and plasma to help patients in the United States and worldwide. STBT has nine donor centers in South Texas and conducts hundreds of mobile blood drives each year.

The Mexican American Unity Council

MAUC was incorporated in 1967 as a means to diligently organize for economic and political empowerment of the Mexican American population in San Antonio. MAUC continues to seek ways to build the organization’s effectiveness and sustainability in the delivery of social services in the area of education, health, family strengthening and community economic development to all areas of the City and County. The process of assisting an individual or group to identify and address issues and gain insights, knowledge and experience needed to solve problems and implement change.

Salud America! at UT Health San Antonio

Salud America! is a national Latino-focused organization, based at the Institute for Health Promotion Research at UT Health San Antonio, 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.

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