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Session: Latino Health Initiative: A Model for Change
3132.2: Monday, November 8, 2004: 10:30 AM-12:00 PM
Latino Health Initiative: A Model for Change
This session will describe a model for the identification of health priorities for Latinos, and development of programs and policies to address them at the local and state levels. Latinos in Montgomery County, Maryland represent 12.5% of the county's population. Many Latinos in Montgomery County are new immigrants with limited English skills, low socioeconomic status, and no health insurance. Although diverse in many respects, Latinos often face serious barriers to medical care and public health services within Montgomery County. The mission of the Latino Health Initiative (LHI), established in July, 2000, is to improve the quality of life of Latinos living in Montgomery County by developing and implementing an integrated, coordinated, culturally and linguistically competent system that supports, values, and respects Latino families and communities. The LHI consists of staff members from the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services, a group of volunteer professionals representing national and local organizations, and promotoras. This team informs the Latino community about the LHI and collects feedback from them regarding their health concerns. A Blueprint for Latino Health in Montgomery County, Maryland 2002-2006 guides development of LHI activities and programs. Some of these activities include a Latino Cancer Prevention and Control Program, Bilingual Website, Health Data Improvement Program, Bilingual Health Information and Referral Line/Interpreter Program, Latino Youth Wellness Program, Tertulia: A Monthly Television Show and a Latino adolescent wellness program. Community input is an integral part of all activities of the LHI.
Learning Objectives: Refer to the individual abstracts for learning objectives
Moderator(s):Olivia Carter-Pokras, PhD
10:30 AMCancer Prevention and Smoking Cessation for Latinos  [ Recorded presentation ]
Mercedes Moore
10:45 AMImproving Access to Care: The Latino Health Initiative Model  [ Recorded presentation ]
Christy Swanson
11:00 AMImproving Data Collection, Analysis, and Reporting  [ Recorded presentation ]
Eduardo Pezo, MPH
11:15 AMLatino Health Initiative: A Model for Change  [ Recorded presentation ]
Sonia E. Mora, CHE
11:30 AMLatino Youth Health & Wellness  [ Recorded presentation ]
Diego Uriburu
See individual abstracts for presenting author's disclosure statement and author's information.
Organized by:Latino Caucus
Endorsed by:Alternative and Complementary Health Practices; Community Health Planning and Policy Development; Epidemiology; Health Administration; Socialist Caucus
CE Credits:CME, Nursing

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