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“We’re all trying to grow in wisdom and we’re trying to have the people in our program see that in us; that we’re not thinking of them as ‘other’ than us, but as people who are people, who are trying to work to become better partners, husbands, and fathers.” - Tony Lapp, Co-Director of Menergy

 

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Bitter debate in Congress augurs tough road for Trump-backed healthcare plan

 03/08/2017 - 15:27

Congress was the scene on Wednesday of a bitter start to the debate on the new healthcare law with which Republicans hope to replace the healthcare reform of former President Barack Obama, and the acrimony among lawmakers presages a tough road toward approval for the plan, which is backed by President Donald Trump.

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[OP-ED]: A Latino health-outreach program is a reminder that it’s all in the name

 02/14/2017 - 14:21
A decade ago, the hot medical news was the emerging use of “promotoras” -- Spanish-speaking Latina community volunteers who worked with medical organizations to coordinate health outreach activities in their neighborhoods -- as a cutting-edge tactic to produce better outcomes in predominantly Mexican populations suffering from obesity, diabetes and other ailments.

If culture can be used as a currency to understand and serve a community, it can also be a trap, if the culture is painted with too broad a brush. We think we “know” the so-called Hispanic community -- generalizing to certain tropes about language, love of family, deference to authority figures, etc. -- and we rarely stop to question whether our initial assessments still hold true.

Plain Text Author: 
Esther Cepeda

[OP-ED]: Un programa de extensión sanitaria latino nos recuerda que las denominaciones importan

 02/14/2017 - 14:19
Hace una década, la novedad médica era la creciente utilización de “promotoras”--voluntarias hispanoparlantes de la comunidad latina, que trabajaban con organizaciones médicas a fin de coordinar las actividades de extensión sanitaria en sus barrios--como una innovadora táctica para producir mejores resultados en poblaciones predominantemente mexicanas aquejadas de obesidad, diabetes, y otras enfermedades.

Si la cultura puede utilizarse como una moneda para comprender y servir a una comunidad, también puede ser una trampa, si se pinta esa cultura con una brocha demasiado gorda. Pensamos que “conocemos” a la así llamada comunidad hispana--generalizando ciertos rasgos como la lengua, el amor a la familia y la deferencia a ciertas figuras de autoridad, etc.--y nunca nos detenemos a preguntarnos si nuestras evaluaciones iniciales aún son verdaderas.

Plain Text Author: 
Esther Cepeda

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