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Diabetes

Diabetes Resources Juntos Contra la Diabetes/United Against Diabetes (JCD II) The Juntos Contra la Diabetes/United Against Diabetes (JCD II) project addresses the severe and unequal burden of diabetes in Hispanic communities in the United States through outreach and education activities implemented in collaboration with community and national partners, and as an active member of the National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP). The JCD II has achieved significant goals during its five years of operation, including the production and dissemination of a special report on diabetes “El ABC del control de la diabetes” created in partnership with the American College of Family Physicians (ACP) and the American Diabetes Association (ADA); the production and broadcast of a five-minute television segment on diabetes prevention on the nationally syndicated NBC program “Hispanics Today”; the production of a six-minute video, “Preventing Diabetes in the Hispanic Community”; the creation and distribution of a bilingual diabetes self-management curriculum, “Living with Diabetes.”; trainings for providers and consumers on diabetes prevention and management using the diabetes curriculum; diabetes awareness and education through local and national media campaigns; discussion groups with Hispanic consumers to evaluate television, radio and print public service announcements (PSAs) on diabetes; and the strengthening of local Hispanic diabetes coalitions in five implementation partner communities around the United States. In February 2009, the JCD II project entered its final year and is focusing on expansion of its diabetes prevention and management trainings and publication of “The State of Diabetes Among Hispanics” report. The JCD II project is funded through a five-year cooperative agreement with the National Diabetes Education Campaign (NDEP), a partnership of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institutes of Health...

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Cancer

Cancer Resources Let’s Talk About Cancer/Hablemos del cáncer Let’s Talk About Cancer is a five-year program effort that identifies and responds to community-based needs along the continuum of cancer services (prevention, early detection, and survivorship) for cancers of the cervix, skin, and ovaries in Hispanic communities. The program works with three lead agencies to conduct program efforts in San Diego, CA; San Antonio, TX; and New York, NY.   ¡Infórmate! Get Informed! This is a unique program in partnership with Merck to develop a culturally-relevant HPV and cervical cancer awareness and education campaign. Key to delivering the message and informing the community is a bilingual resource kit of six forward-looking print and web materials geared for parents, young adults, and providers. ¡Infórmate! works locally with sites in Chicago, the Oakland and San Francisco Bay Areas, and New York City. A major component of the program provides key information to consumers and providers through the Su Familia and Prenatal Helplines and through the bilingual website http://www.informatehpv.org Visit http://www.informatehpv.org for more...

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Environmental

Environmental Resources The Health and Environment Action Network (HEAN) HEAN is a national and locally-driven effort committed to securing the right of all people to clean air and water. The network has been initiated in four communities to document the nexus of environmental risk and health impacts, mobilize community solutions, and secure national and local action on the environmental risks that compromise the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the health and well-being of communities. HEAN has introduced innovative new technology to the United States that takes pollution monitoring from a stationary platform to a mobile platform, about the size of a cell phone. Volunteers of HEAN youth take the lead to take measurements of air pollution in their community, on their way to school, where they play, and where they live. To learn more, visit: http://www.heanaction.org....

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Science and Education

Science and Education Resources The Health and Environment Action Network (HEAN) HEAN is a national and locally-driven effort committed to securing the right of all people to clean air and water. The network has been initiated in four communities to document the nexus of environmental risk and health impacts, mobilize community solutions, and secure national and local action on the environmental risks that compromise the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the health and well-being of communities. HEAN has introduced innovative new technology to the United States that takes pollution monitoring from a stationary platform to a mobile platform, about the size of a cell phone. Volunteers of HEAN youth take the lead to take measurements of air pollution in their community, on their way to school, where they play, and where they live. To learn more, visit: http://www.heanaction.org. Merck Ciencia (Science) Hispanic Scholars Program This is a partnership with the Merck Company Foundation and the Merck Institute for Science Education (MISE) to improve Hispanic student access to higher education and degrees in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).  The Ciencia Scholars Program will award $42,500 scholarship/internship packages to each of 10 Hispanic high school seniors a year to pursue college studies in a STEM field in Brownsville, TX; Elizabeth, NJ; and Los Angeles, CA. In addition, 125 Hispanic college students nationwide majoring in a STEM field will receive $2,000 scholarships. As part of this effort the program will be sponsoring an annual Ciencia Scholars Symposium and a scholarship guide for STEM careers.  To learn more or apply, visit: http://alliancescholars.org for more information and to apply. Proyecto Ciencia® (Project Science) Proyecto Ciencia® promotes innovative research about Hispanics and communicates new developments to the science community and to consumers in order to support them in making the best-informed decisions for their health. In a new broader phase, Proyecto Ciencia® has been funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NCMHD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Proyecto Ciencia® has inaugurated a Hispanic Pioneers in Science video and podcast series profiling the extraordinary contributions of Hispanics in health and the sciences. The initiative has also developed and widely distributed a Scholarship Resource Guide to encourage Hispanic youth to pursue science and health careers. In addition, Proyecto Ciencia® will disseminate its bilingual (English/Spanish) consumer health materials resource...

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Heart Health

Heart Health Programs ¡Para un Corazon Saludable! For a Healthy Heart In its third year, ¡Para un Corazón Saludable! is the Alliance’s national initiative to raise awareness and understanding of heart health, including atherosclerosis, in Hispanic communities. The program established a landmark partnership with the American College of Cardiology (ACC) to found and guide the National Hispanic Cardiologists Leadership Network, the first health professional network of Hispanic cardiologists and those that serve Hispanic communities, to be the leading professional voice on Hispanic heart health. The Network efforts are being implemented in workforce development, patient education and support, international efforts, and science and public policy. In 2009, community heart health education and screening programs were a key aspect of ¡Vive tu Vida! Get Up! Get Moving!™ family healthy lifestyle events. In addition, all patients and providers reached by this initiative receive personalized assistance through the Alliance’s bilingual Su Familia Helpline. Para un Corazón Saludable is made possible through the support of AstraZeneca. To learn more about ¡Para un Corazón Saludable!, visit: http://cardiohispano.org Hispanic Community Engagement: Hypertension With the theme “Hypertension: Control is in Your Hands” this program is in its third year of implementation. The program currently focuses on 1) enhancing community capacity to implement a promotora/patient navigator/case management model program to ensure treatment compliance of Hispanics diagnosed with hypertension; 2) providing bilingual educational materials for consumers; 3) providing a training curriculum for health educators/promotoras; 4) providing information and referrals through the Su Familia Helpline; and 5) implementing a media component. The program is being implemented in partnership with San Ysidro Health Center in San Ysidro, California and is funded by Novartis...

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