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Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

Sandra Hernandez Takes Fizz Out of Coke-Sponsored Health Convention

*Love this! Sandra Hernandez is invited to do a keynote address at the National Hispanic Medical Association conference. She notices the event is sponsored by Coca Cola, that there are Coke’s sitting on the doctor’s tables. So she ditches her prepared speech and calls-out sugar as a major cause of obesity in the Latino community.

Friday, April 24th, 2015

Doctor Shortage for Booming Latino Population in CA, US

*The problem, according to the study, is “the dismantling of affirmative action programs in California, and a decrease in anti-poverty programs over the past few decades.”VL By Suzanne Potter, California News Service Over the past 30 years,...

Monday, April 20th, 2015

Health Risks Of Living In US Border Colonias Prompt Funding Increase Proposal

*This is very good news! There are twenty-five hundred colonias along the U.S.-Mexico border where conditions are equal to third-world standards. President Obama wants to increase funding by 50 percent to help those areas. VL By Lorne...

Monday, April 20th, 2015

Latino Families Find Eldercare A Tough But Beautiful Mission

*Eight million Latinos take care of family elders without receiving compensation. It’s a cultural value, an honor and an obligation. Latinas bear the largest brunt of the caregiving. VL By  Melody Miranda Aulet, Mundo Hispanico/New America Media...

Monday, March 30th, 2015

Latino Health Care 5 Years After the ACA: Findings from the Latino National Health and Immigration Survey

*Here are some interesting numbers that came from this study on Latinos and the ACA: the overall percentage of uninsured Latinos has decreased since Obamacare; 1 in 4 Latinos haven’t heard of the Affodable Care Act or...

Friday, March 27th, 2015

A U.S. visa could save a young Mexican man’s life. Why can’t he get one?

*The State Department and Homeland Security have a humanitarian parole in the works for Chua Lopez, but it’s not a Visa. The authorities haven’t said why they’ve denied the Visa. VL By Joshua Partlow, The Washington Post...

Friday, March 20th, 2015

Insuring undocumented residents could help solve multiple U.S. health care challenges

*Two things stand out in this article: the authors of the study and the specificity of their findings. The three authors, researchers at UCLA and Berkeley, are Latino, and they’re using their positions to draw attention to...

Monday, March 16th, 2015

Vulnerable Latino Elders Face Shortage of Geriatric Health Professionals

*In their later years my parents received the best medical care available to them. That was becasue mom was a public health nurse, so coordinating the team effort between multiple doctors and services was not difficult for...

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

Hispanics face serious drinking water issue along Texas border

*This is also part of the national Latino narrative. There are places in Latino concentrated South Texas where as many as 90 thousand people have no running water. It’s also part of the larger poverty and environmental...

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

Hispanic immigrants not to blame for measles, whooping cough outbreaks

*Two things stand out in my mind about this story. One, that I’m happy this is being reported. And two, that it’s frustrating that this story has to be reported. I’m also frustrated at how immigration keeps...

Friday, February 13th, 2015

Stress caused by discrimination linked to mental health issues among Latino teens

*If you get past the headline and dig into this article you’ll find a gem in the eighth paragraph. The research sheds some light on the “immigrant paradox, where second-generation immigrants fare worse than first-generation immigrants in...

Monday, February 9th, 2015

Do you want my baby? An Affordable Care Act Love Story

By Jessica Priego, NewsTaco Last I checked, neither my pharmacist nor my insurance company wants my future baby. Barack doesn’t want my fantasy baby either (we are on a first name basis as is clear to see...

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

Congressman Speculates ‘Illegal Aliens’ Could Be To Blame For Measles Outbreak

*There’s so much to lay-out here. First off, Mo Brooks’ ill timed, ill thought statement makes a case for comprehensive immigration reform. If those immigrants he calls “illegal” were documented they’d also have to be screened and...

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

Latino Enrollment Is Critical For Obamacare, So Is It Happening?

*15.5 million young and uninsured Latinos can tip the balance of Obamacare. VL By Anna Maria Barry-Jester, Five Thirty Eight Politics This time last year, news coverage of Obamacare was shifting from the broken HealthCare.gov website to...

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