Healthier Kids, Healthier Nation

By: Audrey Rowe, Administrator for the Food and Nutrition Service at the U.S. Department of Agriculture 

As I travel through the country visiting school cafeterias and summer meals sites, I am amazed at the progress being made to advance the health of our nation’s children. Museums, recreation centers and libraries are opening their doors to ensure all kids receive healthy, balanced meals this summer. More communities are applying for universal meal services and programs to benefit income-eligible families. 

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Five Important Reasons to Vaccinate Your Child

You want to do what is best for your children. You know about the importance of car seats, baby gates and other ways to keep them safe. But, did you know that one of the best ways to protect your children is to make sure they have all of their vaccinations? 

Immunizations can save your child’s life. Because of advances in medical science, your child can be protected against more diseases than ever before. Some diseases that once injured or killed thousands of children, have been eliminated completely and others are close to extinction– primarily due to safe and effective vaccines. One example of the great impact that vaccines can have is the elimination of polio in the United States. Polio was once America’s most-feared disease, causing death and paralysis across the country, but today, thanks to vaccination, there are no reports of polio in the United States.

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Whooping Cough Cases on the Rise – Are You Protected?

Whooping cough used to be thought of as a disease of the past, but it’s making a comeback – and 2014 is on track to be a busy year!  Provide yourself and your family with the best protection by getting vaccinated against whooping cough.

There are many factors contributing to the current resurgence of whooping cough.  While offering protection, the whooping cough vaccines used now do not protect people for as long as healthcare professionals would like. Additionally, doctors are more aware that whooping cough is still around and affecting communities. This raised awareness, along with better tests to diagnose patients, has contributed to an increase in the number of whooping cough cases being diagnosed and reported.

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Pfizer RxPathways™ Consolidates Patient Assistance Programs

In April of 2014, Pfizer consolidated all of its patient assistance programs into one comprehensive program called Pfizer RxPathways™. The new name, Pfizer RxPathways, is intended to better reflect the purpose of the program; namely – to provide patients with “pathways” to get access to their Pfizer medicine(s) – and replaces all Pfizer Helpful Answers programs including Connection to Care ®, Pfizer Pfriends ®, Sharing the Care ®, First Resource® and RSVP. Pfizer RxPathways still features many of the prescription assistance services that were available under Pfizer Helpful Answers.

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Latinos and Health Care

Latina Style Magazine, Volume 20, No. 3

Authoring Website: http://latinastyle.com/magazine/14/782/columns-departaments/%EF%BF%BDpunto-final/latinos-and-health-care/

By: Elena Rios, MD, MSPH, President & CEO National Hispanic Medical Association

The White House recently announced that 10 percent of the 14 percent of eligible Latinos signed-up for more affordable health insurance in the Marketplace run by the federal government, or in the case of 17 states, run by states. There were more Latinos who signed up for Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance, so given the website debacle, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is a huge success for access to health, wellness and prevention services for Latinos.

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NHMA Meets with Congress on Strategies to Improve Early Childhood Obesity

For Immediate Release                   
June 10, 2014                                           

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National Hispanic Medical Association Meets with Congress on Strategies to Improve Early Childhood Obesity

Washington, DC -  Early childhood obesity – for children up to age 8 years old - needs our attention now for the future of our nation.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2012, 22.5 percent of Hispanic children were obese compared to 14.1 percent of white children. In addition, the CDC reports health care spending due to obesity is estimated at $210 billion annually, or 21 percent of total national health care spending.

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NHMA Applauds EPA’s New Standards on Carbon Pollution

For Immediate Release
Monday, June 2nd, 2014

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Washington, DC – Today, the National Hispanic Medical Association announced their support of the Environmental Protection Agency’s efforts to reduce carbon emissions from power plants.

“Latino families suffer greatly when industrial carbon pollution is emitted to our air. One out of two Latinos lives in areas where air quality does not meet EPA’s public health standards. Exposure to polluted air causes long-lasting damage to our communities’ health, and those with asthma or respiratory illnesses are at greater risk. We applaud the historic announcement of standards that will limit harmful carbon emissions from power plants and we stand ready to protect our families from the destructive climate change and from the impending threat of global warming.”

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Hispanics Interested In ‘Having Providers Who Can Appreciate Their Culture,’ Medical Leader Says

Authoring website: Kaiser Health News

Dr. Elena V. Rios is president of the National Hispanic Medical Association, which she  founded in 1994 and which advocates on behalf of the nation’s 45,000 Hispanic health care professionals. One of the goals in the Affordable Care Act is building diversity in the health care workforce. The number of Hispanics attending medical school continues to increase, rising to 1,826 enrollees, according to an October 2013 report from the Association of American Medical Colleges. Despite that increase, Hispanics represent only slightly more than 9 percent of the enrollees compared with their nearly 17 percent of the population, making health care work force diversity a continuing challenge for the NHMA.

Coalition of 36 National Latino Organizations Congratulates Katherine Archuleta on Confirmation as OPM Director

Coalition of 36 National Latino Organizations Congratulates Katherine Archuleta on Confirmation as OPM Director

National Leaders Thank Supportive Senators, Warning Others that Continued Opposition to Latino Nominees will be Recorded and Shared with Broader Community

Authoring website: http://nationalhispanicleadership.org/headlines/1031archuleta/

WASHINGTON, DC—The National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA)—the coalition of 36 preeminent national Latino organizations in the country—today congratulated Katherine Archuleta on her confirmation as the new Director of the United States Office of Personnel Management (OPM). 

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A Healthy Collaboration to Improve Children’s Health

Authoring websitehttp://blog.epa.gov/epaconnect/2013/10/childrenshealth/

When we travel to cities and communities large and small, we see first-hand the direct link between a healthy environment and healthy lives, especially for our country’s children. But as we observe Hispanic Heritage Month, it’s worth remembering that too many of our children, especially in minority communities, live in unhealthy environments that lead to unhealthy lives.

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Cleaner air would boost, not break economic progress

Climate change hurts environment, jobs, business efficiency

By Frances Beinecke, and Dr. Elena Rios

We are writing together as an environmentalist and a Hispanic medical professional because our missions intersect on protecting people from the damaging impacts of climate change. We agree: Addressing this challenge doesn't involve tradeoffs, as some claim, but opportunities to trade up, for our future.

The choice between clean air and jobs is a false choice.

Here's the truth: Instead of letting climate change continue to wreak havoc with every freak storm, every drought, every heat wave, every wildfire, we can protect our communities and create new jobs. We can grow the economy and breathe cleaner air that doesn't worsen our children's asthma, and leave us coughing and missing work.

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Primera Cumbre Latina de Salud de Impacto

Authoring websitehttp://impactony.newspaperdirect.com/epaper/viewer.aspx

 Primera cumbre Latina de salud de impacto eran obesos en 2010, comparado con 26% de blancos; con una disparidad creciendo entre las mujeres. Tenemos para ese año 33% de mujeres latinas obesas comparado con 24% de mujeres blancas. Los latinos tienen menos probabilidad de sufrir de problemas del corazón que los blancos, principalmente porque somos un grupo más joven”, aseguró Ríos.

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