4290.0 Social Justice: Cultural and Linguistic Access in Health Care

Tuesday, November 9, 2010: 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Latinos currently represent an estimated 15% of the US population (US Census Bureau, 2008), are the fastest growing racial and ethnic group and are projected to shape the future of the United States. Adequate health care for this population is a major challenge that must be resolved. A myriad of factors such as lack of/or inadequate health insurance, high levels of poverty, language barriers and poor access to health care facilities combine to deny this population a right that others enjoy. The purpose of this session is to provide evidence of programs that improve health conditions for Latinos. This session is relevant to public health leaders interested in reducing disparities; for health care leaders that are attempting to increase access to clinics, and for those that want to increase the quality of programs for persons with limited English proficiency. The session is important to leaders in academia and public health professionals who want to learn more about solving health care problems faced by Latinos.
Session Objectives: Describe cultural barriers to access of mental health services in a Latino community. Identify characteristics of Latina immigrants attending outreach events. Discuss the benefits of conducting outreach events on a regular basis. Design systems thinking to the development of multisector, multiethnic partnerships. Identify strategies to engage and leverage non-traditional stakeholders in community and systems change.
Carlos Zometa, PhD, MSPH

Promoting equity in access to mental health services: Exploring cultural attitudes among Latinos
Edward McField, PhD, MSA, Susanne Montgomery, PhD, Juan Carlos Belliard, PhD, MPH, Sigrid James, MSW, PhD, Christiane Schubert, PhD and Holly Schuh, MPH (c)
A multi-pronged strategy to increase implementation and utilization of language appropriate services in a post-disaster city with a new limited English proficient population
Katrina Badger, MPH, GSW, MSW, Brittany T. Butler, BA, Jamie Mcdaniel, BA, Ashley B. Wennerstrom, MPH and Benjamin Springgate, MD, MPH
Addressing Health Disparities among Latinos and African Americans: Systems Approach of the CEED@CHICAGO Coalition
Aida L. Giachello, PhD, Cynthia A. Boyd, MSN, PhD, FAAN, Joseph Harrington, BA, Sheila Castillo, MUPP and Jose O. Arrom, MA
Abrazos: A family literacy and health promotion program for immigrant women and their children
Anna Tecklenburg, MA, Deborah C. Williamson, DHA, MSN, CNM and Dianna Inman, MS, APRN, CPNP

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Organized by: Latino Caucus
Endorsed by: APHA-Committee on Women's Rights, Caucus on Refugee and Immigrant Health, APHA-Equal Health Opportunity Committee, HIV/AIDS, Socialist Caucus, Social Work, Women's Caucus

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

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