5169.0 Discussion of issues affecting Latino communities

Wednesday, November 11, 2009: 12:30 PM
Hispanic/Latinos (H/L) represent an estimated 15% of the US population (US Census Bureau, 2007), during the next three decades this population is expected to greatly increase and will impact many key areas of our society including the health sector. Of foremost concern is ensuring access to adequate health care for this population. Equally important is the requirement that providers of preventive and clinical health services be cognizant of the varying levels of acculturation and health literacy of the population they serve. Employing effective communication strategies is essential to ensuring that programs and services will meet the needs of those served and can assist in reducing health disparities. The purpose of this session is to provide evidence that differential levels of acculturation and health literacy in the H/L population are associated with risk factors and behaviors that are associated with a broad range of chronic diseases. The session will also explore culturally-appropriate interventions for reducing health disparities. This session is relevant to public health leaders and providers interested in better understanding the role of acculturation and language in diet, obesity, depression and implications for improving communication messages and services.
Session Objectives: 1. Participants will know how the Asthma Illness Representation Scale-Spanish© (AIRS-S) was translated and validated. 2. Participants will describe the components of a culturally competent education intervention designed to deliver colorectal cancer information to low-income, low literacy Latinos in both English and Spanish. 3. Participants will evaluate the lived experiences of Latino immigrants who need and seek medical care and prescription drugs in the Southeast US. 4. Participants describe how the May View clinics developed a culturally-appropriate program to increase rubella immunization and folic acid consumption among Latinas, with funds from the March of Dimes.

Table 1
Translation and Validation of the AIRS-S :Asthma Illness Representation Scale – Spanish©
Kimberly Sidora-Arcoleo, MPH, PhD and Jonathan Feldman, PhD
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An intervention to improve colorectal screening rates among low-income Latinos
Armando Valdez, PhD, Rene Salazar, MD, Marilyn A. Winkleby, MPH, PhD and Susan Stewart, PhD
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Non-medical Sources for Prescription Drugs among Immigrant Latinos in NC: An Exploratory Study
Aaron T. Vissman, MPH, Olivia Quintana, Fred Bloom, PhD, Jami Leichliter, PhD, Jaime Montaño, Michael Topmiller, MA and Scott Rhodes, PhD, MPH, CHES
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Use of Home Remedies and Alternative Therapies for Arthritis Among Latinos
Richard S. Lockwood, PhD, MPH, Nathalie Huguet, PhD and Chad P. Cheriel, PhD
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Perceptions of stress, depression, and coping mechanisms among Latino migrant farmworkers in eastern North Carolina
Sloane C. Burke, PhD, CHES, Beth Chaney, PhD, CHES and Robin C. Rager, PhD

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Organized by: Latino Caucus
Endorsed by: Socialist Caucus, Women's Caucus

CE Credits: Medical (CME), Health Education (CHES), Nursing (CNE), Public Health (CPH)

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