Category Archives: Latino Health

3 Groups of young Latinas Form Coalition to Strengthen their Communities

(This post originally appeared at “Georgian Educator” a blog by Rebekah Morris, Teacher at Cross Keys High School and community advocate.  You can see the original blog post here.) Exciting things happen when you combine the intellectual power of fifteen teenage girls. Last weekend, students from Pinckneyville Middle School, Summerour Middle School, and Cross Keys High School joined forces at

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Women’s History Month. Latinas in Georgia

Women’s History Month originated in 1981 with a law passed by Congress establishing “Women’s History Week.” Then in 1987, the week was expanded to an entire month to celebrate and honor women’s contributions in the US; expanding on March 8th to encompass the celebration of International Women’s Day. It is no secret that women and especially Latinas are very much invisible

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Bartow Hispanic Center, Connecting Providers & Hispanic Families

“Even if there are community services available to Hispanics in Cartersville, communication was extremely difficult. We just wanted to help” explains Annabel Rodriguez-Romero, a bilingual Parent Coordinator & Title III (ESOL) Specialist at Cartersville City Schools when asked about the motivation to start a new player in town; a new non-profit called “The Bartow Hispanic Center”. Annabel, along with her co-founder

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Barriers for Latinos in Athens-Clark County, a Needs Assessment by PORTAL

Last week, PORTAL, the University of Georgia’s Latin American & Caribbean Studies Insitute shared the findings of their comprehensive needs assessment conducted in 2015-2016 in the community in Athens-Clarke County, Ga. In addition to growth reflected in a share of 22.5% of the local school district, some of the challenges are reflective of the general picture we have of the

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Latest Research, Reports for Professionals Working with the Latino/Hispanic community

(for more reports, please click on the tabs under “Facts, Reports & More” in our main menu) NEW!  Foundation Funding for Hispanics/Latinos in the US NEW! Walking Communities, A Collaborative Social Justice ToolKit NEW! Getting Georgia Covered: WHAT WE CAN LEARN FROM CONSUMER AND ASSISTER EXPERIENCES DURING THE THIRD OPEN ENROLLMENT PERIOD? Georgians For a Healthy Future. NEW!!!  Download the ““Strenghtening Latino Families in Georgia,

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Profile of Estrella Sanchez from Mexico

(This originally appeared at a social media post from Atlanta Pride. We are re-posting in an effort to highlight local leaders and community activists during Hispanic Heritage Month) Estrella Sanchez, a Trans Latina, was born an activist in Veracruz , Mexico. She challenged the norms of her family, community, church, and ultimately her country. She fled to the US to

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On Hispanic Heritage Month & Contributions of Latino-Americans

Unlike 5 de Mayo, Hispanic Heritage Month has a history based in traditions. During that month (Sept.15-Oct.15) , many Latin American countries celebrate their independence and if you know where to go in the Georgia, you will be able to find celebrations, festivals and events pretty much every day in the week during that period of time. With this election

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Dr. Julia Perilla Retires, Leaving a Legacy of Dedication to Latino Families

Julia Perilla had five children and was working to get her Ph.D when she was approached by a Catholic nun for help.  Sister Barbara Harrington, who was running the Mercy Mobile Health Clinic, realized that  many of the bruises that the Latina women had were not a product of accidents. They were the result of violence in their own homes.  Sister Harrington asked Julia to start a spanish speaking group

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Gwinnett County, One Step Forward, Two Steps Backwards

Gwinnett County has been in the news lately for a number of reasons, many of them good and most of them reflective of the changing demographics in the US and specifically Georgia. “Georgia will look like Gwinnett County in 2040” we have heard over and over and it is because by 2040, over 20% of the state will be Hispanic/Latino.

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Strenghtening Latino Families In GA

For close to 2 years, dozens of Latino serving non-profit professionals gathered at “Latino Forums” round tables that discussed collaborations, explored synergies and in general ways to partner up and better serve the community. In 2015, out of one of those meetings, the idea of creating a position paper that we could all stand behind arose.   The outcome of

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In Georgia, 68% of Latino families live under 200% poverty.

Millions of individuals in America work hard to support their families. But, despite their effort, almost one in three working families are stuck in low-wage jobs that provide inadequate benefits and offer little opportunity for advancement and economic security. Working families led by blacks and Hispanics are now (2013)  twice as likely as those headed by whites and Asians to be poor or low-income,

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Veteran’s Day & Minorities

  We, as a nation, are indebted to the courageous men and women that everyday sacrifice their lives, families, safety and security for us. Veterans are the ultimate heroes that are willing to give their lives so we and our children could continue with ours.   For that, we are inmensely grateful. With the recent news about the VA Hospitals and

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HELEN – Health Equity Network

The Hispanic community in Georgia was greatly affected for the lack of expansion of Medicaid as well as the very minimal funding the state received for navigators and bilingual outreach.  Federal funding only paid for 2 Spanish speaking individuals serving the ENTIRE state.  While some organizations (like CPACS) thought creatively and empowered almost their entire staff to serve minorities understand

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Caminar Latino, a Community Led Model to Eliminate Domestic Violence

Caminar Latino is hosting its annual “GRACIAS” party on Oct. 9th @ Park Tavern in Piedmont Park (Atlanta, GA) to celebrate the successes of the year as well as thank all partners, sponsors and volunteers for their work in the community. If you are interested in sponsoring, donating in-kind services or attending the event, please contact jnunan@caminarlatino.org  or REGISTER HERE

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On Health & Representation of the Latino Community

I was fortunate to attend the Healthcare Georgia Foundation “Connections2014” conference a few days ago.  The event offered an overview of where we stand in terms of access, cost and quality of healthcare as well as addressed specific and relevant topics such as the implementation of the ACA, Program Sustainability, Health Policy, Successful Partnerships & Collaborations, etc.  Across the event,

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NWGA Cancer Coalition Promotoras de Salud

Northwest Georgia Regional Cancer Coalition – Promotoras de Salud are community health advisors that bring cancer awareness, early detection and prevention to the Hispanic Latino population of Bartow, Chattooga, Floyd, Gordon and Polk counties of Northwest Georgia.   The NWGA Promotoras also provide healthcare services and one-on-one education, and patient navigation services when needed. NWGA Promotoras help search for the appropriate physicians,

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