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    October 15th: National Latino Aids Awareness Day

    October 15th is National Latino Aids Awareness Day (NLAAD)

    There's a whole host of events going on around the country.  Below are just a few going on all day October 15th.  For a complete listing of events click here or visit

    Nova Salud: Free, Rapid HIV Testing
    Arlington, VA
    All Day

    Free HIV Testing
    101 North Pine Street
    Spartanburg, SC

    Free and Confidential HIV testing
    Empoderate Youth center
    3055 Mount Pleasant Street NW
    Washington DC
    October 14-October 18th

    Southwest Multiservice Center
    6400 High Star
    Houston, Texas
    11:00 am-7pm

    Happy testing and be safe.

    -Zee Diaz for

    Posted in Health by on October 15, 2013

    9/27 Fertility Research Study: NYC Clinic Seeking Hispanic Women with PCOS

    Neway Fertility, a leading New York City fertility clinic specializing in natural fertility treatments, has launched a research study for women with PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) and infertility. The study will offer up to 20 women a free procedure known as IVM (in vitro maturation), a natural alternative to conventional IVF.

    IVM is a groundbreaking treatment that offers a virtually drug-free, low-cost, minimally invasive approach to fertility. It has seen great success around the globe, with more than 4,000 live births worldwide – more than 1/4 of them under the direction of Neway’s founder, fertility pioneer Dr. Jin-Ho Lim. This treatment is ideal for women with hormone-sensitive issues like PCOS, who cannot tolerate the high doses of ovarian stimulation drugs required by traditional IVF.

    As many as 17% of Hispanic women struggle with PCOS  - a hormonal imbalance affecting the ovaries that makes pregnancy difficult and fertility treatments nearly impossible due to the high doses of drugs required to stimulate the ovaries. Neway Fertility’s new study of IVM, a procedure that requires little to no fertility drugs, is a perfect solution for Hispanic women with PCOS.

    To participate in the study, you must be under the age of 35, suffer from PCOS, and have difficulty getting pregnant. All study participants must have active health insurance to qualify. For more information, please contact:
    (212) 750-3330 (M-F 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM)
    or visit

    Posted in Health by on September 27, 2013

    Pinnacle Award Honoring Sonia Navarro for Spanish Language Organ, Eye, & Tissue Donation Program

    LOS ANGELES, Calif., Aug 2013- “OneLegacy, the non-profit, federally designated organ and tissue recovery organization serving the seven-county great-Los Angeles area, reported today that Sonia Navarro, the agency's Latino Community Development Coordinator, received a prestigious Pinnacle Award from Donate Life America for her Done Vida Embajadores program, which was considered the nation's best volunteer program to inspire support for organ, eye, and tissue donation. 

    This is a tremendous honor,” she acknowledged. “I am so pleased to receive this recognition from our national organization and on behalf of the many Spanish-language Embajadores, who have worked so hard to inspire our community to register as donors and choose donation to honor family members. Volunteering is not part of the Latino culture, so it has been important to build trust one person at a time.”

    Ms. Navarro came to OneLegacy in 2005 and served with agency’s Family Services group working with grieving donor families. She leveraged that three-year experience into her community development work by doing one-on-one telephone calls with donor families to solicit their support in volunteering. As a result, over the past five years Ms. Navarro has built the nation’s largest volunteer program for Spanish-speakers and has successfully collaborated with the University of Claremont on a HRSA grant and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in a five -year National Institute of Health grant.

    “I’ve watched donor mothers who couldn’t speak become amazing public speakers,” she remarked. “They’re not afraid to walk into a new situation and own the room. We go into every event with purpose: to inspire people. We’re able to channel their feelings into actions that honor their loved ones.”

    She has also created strong partnerships with the Mexican, Salvadoran, Guatemalan and Nicaraguan Consulates in Los Angeles, which now host “Done Vida” (Donate Life) tables staffed by Embajadores in their Ventanilla de Salud (Health Window) programs.

    “Developing relationships with the consulates is critical, as these are the places that immigrants trust most,” Navarro pointed out. “Trust is a big issue in the Latino community when it comes to donation.”

    According to Tom Mone, CEO of OneLegacy, “Sonia’s passion for her work and the Latino community is evident in everything she touches. Sonia, her Embajadores, and community partners have helped Latino donor families leave a legacy of life, and improved Latino donation rates in our area to levels that consistently outperform the national average.”

    Ms. Navarro credits her beloved parents who came to Los Angeles from Mexico with very little and built an apparel manufacturing business through hard work and dedication. “My parents cemented my cultural background and worth ethic,” Ms. Navarro acknowledged.

    Ms. Navarro lives in Hacienda Heights, Calif., and is the proud mother of two teens, Angel and Albany Turcio. She was also nominated this year for the Women of Excellence award by the National Latina Business Women’s Association in Los Angeles.

    Donate Life America is a nonprofit alliance of national and local agencies in the United States dedicated to educating the public about organ, eye and tissue donation. Donate Life America is composed of national organizations and 47 local affiliates that coordinate donation related activities at the grassroots level.

    With more than 200 hospitals, 11 transplant centers and a diverse population of 19 million, OneLegacy is the largest organ and tissue recovery organization in the world. For more information, call OneLegacy at (800) 786-4077 or visit

    Posted in Health by on September 03, 2013

    US & Puerto Rico Leaders "Speak Out" on Urgent Health Issues Facing Latino Community

    Leading up to Puerto Rican Day Parade which has healthcare theme…

    Doctors, Elected Officials, Healthcare Unions from U.S. & Puerto Rico to Hold “Speak Out” on Urgent Health Issues Facing Latino Community

    With over 15 million Latinos uninsured, groups will be helping Latinos sign up for new insurance under Affordable Care Act & building support for universal healthcare in Puerto Rico

    What: Doctors, elected officials, healthcare unions from

    U.S. mainland & Puerto Rico to hold “Speak Out” on urgent health issues facing Latinos

    When: Friday, June 7 at 11 AM

    Where: 1199SEIU, 310 W. 43rd St. (First floor gallery), Manhattan, NY

    New York City- On Friday, June 7th, doctors, elected officials and healthcare unions from both the United States mainland and Puerto Rico will speak out on urgent health issues facing Latinos. The “Speak Out for Latino Health” is being held two days before the National Puerto Rican Day Parade, which has a theme this year of “Salud – Celebrate Your Health.”

    A large delegation from Puerto Rico is travelling to New York for the Speak Out and parade, including the President of the Unión General de Trabajadores, Manuel Perfecto Torres, who is also the “Padrino” of the parade, and Dr. Eduardo Ibarra, President of the Colegio de Medicos Cirujanos de Puerto Rico. This delegation will be joining New York City elected officials and health advocates of Puerto Rican descent, as well as 1199SEIU President George Gresham, who is the International Marshal for the parade.

    Latinos have the highest uninsured rate of any group – more than 15 million are uninsured, over 30% of the Latino population nationally. In New York City, over 420,000 Latinos – 25% of the Latino population – lack insurance. And 300,000 residents of Puerto Rico are uninsured. Latinos are also less likely to have access to preventative care and a primary care physician than other groups, which has compounded epidemics like diabetes.

    At the press conference, participants will discuss efforts to address the urgent health crisis facing Latinos, including signing up Latinos for the new insurance options under the Affordable Care Act, and passing universal healthcare legislation in Puerto Rico.


    1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East is the largest union in New York City and largest healthcare union in the nation. We represent over 400,000 nurses and caregivers throughout New York State, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Florida. Our mission is to achieve quality care and good jobs for all.

    Posted in Health by on June 06, 2013

    April 7: Hispanic Health Coalition of Georgia 5K Walk for Latino Health

    Hundreds of families are expected to walk along Buford Highway in support of health and safety for the community.
    ATLANTA, GA - Hispanic Health Coalition of Georgia's (HHCGA) is announcing its first "5K Latino Walk - Stay Healthy" which will take place on World Health Day, April 7. 

    The walk will be held on Buford Highway, commencing at 8 A.M. at Northeast Plaza (3307 Buford Highway) and ending at Plaza Fiesta (4166 Buford Highway).  The event is designed to raise awareness of health and safety issues that Georgia's Latino community faces and the importance of eliminating health disparities faced by Georgia's Latinos.

    The 5K Latino Walk - Stay Healthy a family friendly and FREE event for the community.

    The 5K Latino Walk supports HHCGA's efforts to increase healthcare access for Georgia's Latinos, preventing disease, illness, disabilities and pedestrian safety; specifically on the Buford Highway corridor, the most dangerous road in Georgia for pedestrians.

    "Latinos are at a higher risk of developing cardiovascular diseases and obesity, among other health issues. And two-thirds of Latinos in the state lack access to health care," said Heidy Guzman, HHCGA Executive Director.  "HHCGA and its partners share the belief that health disparities are inconsistent with American values and as such, everyone should be vested in making sure they are eradicated.  In addition, health disparities don't just affect the individuals and families who don't have access to adequate health care; they affect the entire community." 

    Partners include Publix, Georgia Power, BB&T, Univision 34 Atlanta, Latin Box, PEDS, Mundo Hispanico, DeKalb County Board of Health, EveryBody Walk! Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Latin American Chamber of Commerce and Walgreens among others. 

    For information on becoming a sponsor at the 5K Latino Walk, please contact Heidy Guzman, Executive Director HHCGA at or 678-923-6401.

    To register, visit

    About the Hispanic Health Coalition of Georgia
    Hispanic Health Coalition of Georgia is Georgia's only statewide organization that focuses on Latino/Hispanic health.  Services focus on community health promotion, education, health advocacy, and building capacity for high quality, culturally sensitive, and linguistically appropriate health care and prevention services that lead to better health outcomes for Latinos and the larger community. For more information, visit or call (678) 843-8905.


    Posted in Health by on March 17, 2013
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