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									                Hispanic/Latino Health Working Group

                       2004-2005 Accomplishments
Research

1. Identify current research at UAB that have focus on Hispanics/Latinos
    We have identified 11 current research projects involving Hispanics/Latinos at
      UAB
            LUMINA (LUpus in MInorities: NAture vs. nurture) – Dr. Graciela Alarcón
            Child health needs of rural Alabama Latino families – Dr. Lynda Harrison
            Diabetes and the Latino community: Attitudes, beliefs, and a plan of action
              – Dr. Jewell Halanych
            AMERICO (Admixture Mapping for Insulin Complex Outcomes Long
              name: Admixture Mapping for Ethnic and Racial Differences on Insulin
              Complex Outcomes – Dr. José Fernandez
            Barriers to seeking further eye care after vision screenings in Hispanic
              children in Jefferson county – Dr. Marcela Frazier
            Cervical cancer screening in Hispanics – Dr. Isabel Scarinci
            Cervical cancer prevention in Latina immigrants – Dr. Isabel Scarinci
            Sowing the Seeds of Health: A program for lay health promoters – Dr.
              Isabel Scarinci
            Sowing the Seeds of Health: A program for Latinas – Dr. Isabel Scarinci
            HPV vaccine acceptability: an exploratory study – Dr. Isabel Scarinci
    Most of the above studies have been written and implemented in collaboration
      with other investigators in the Hispanic/Latino Health Working Group.

2. Promote recruitment and training of bilingual investigators/staff
    Dr. Maribel Salas has been recruited by the Division of Preventive Medicine as
      Assistant Professor
    We have shared our research priorities with Deans and Administration, and
      offered our assistance in the recruitment and retention of bilingual faculty and
      staff

3. Assess the health needs of Hispanics/Latinos including barriers to health care
    Most of the studies mentioned above have identified a number of health needs
      among Hispanics/Latinos in Alabama, and the current findings are being shared
      with faculty in the Hispanic/Latino Health Working Group

4. Develop databases of resources/references including instruments in Spanish and
   make them widely available
    A number of resources are continually posted on the MHRC website and sent to
     MHRC members through eNews including availability of Spanish-translated
     measures, new research findings, funding opportunities, useful references, etc.
Training
1. Develop a mentorship program for Hispanic/Latino freshman students
    The mentorship program “MANOS JUNTAS” is being launched this semester
    There are 19 UAB freshman students who self-identified as Hispanics/Latinos.
    19 faculty members have volunteered to mentor these students throughout
      college.

2. Assist minority investigators regarding research ideas, grant submission, writing,
   statistical support, etc.
    MHRC and the Hispanic/Latino Health Working Group have been instrumental in
       the development and support of a number of research proposals focusing on
       Hispanics/Latinos in the past year.
    Members of the Hispanic/Latino Health Working Group have also been involved
       in the Career Development Support Group organized by Dr. Mona Fouad
    Presentations on current research efforts in the monthly meetings
    An abstract regarding our group as an example for academic partnerships has
       been accepted to be presented at the annual meeting of the American Public
       Health Association in November, 2005 - "Latino/Hispanic Health Working Group:
       An academic solution to respond to emerging health needs of Latino/Hispanic
       immigrants"

3. Promote sensitivity training about dealing with the Hispanic/Latino community, their
   needs, their preferences, and their culture
    We have given a number of presentations on Hispanic/Latino culture and health
      needs. For example, a presentation to students and faculty in Pediatrics (Drs.
      Scarinci and Saenz), School of Dentistry Grand Rounds (Dr. Scarinci)

4. Promote exchange visitor programs between UAB and investigators from Central
   and South America
    Hispanic Research Fellows have been recruited to work on the LUMINA study.
      Currently there is one fellow from Peru, Dr. Rosa Andrade, and one from Mexico,
      Dr. Mónica Fernandes. Previous trainees have come from Argentina, Dr. Ann
      Bertoli and Spain, Dr. Janine Calvo Alén.
    We are hosting a visiting scholar from the Pontifícia Universidade Católica do
      Paraná, Brazil, Dr. Andréa F. Silveira (July-December, 2005)
Community Outreach
1. Identify schools with a large Hispanic/Latino student body
    We have compiled a list of the school systems with a large number of
      Hispanics/Latinos across the state of Alabama

2. Identify “leaders”/Identification of community leaders
    We have identified a number of community leaders in the Hispanic/Latino
      community and collaborations have been established. One example is the
      training of “natural helpers/leaders” in the Latino community to be lay health
      promoters. This program was developed as a partnership between the MHRC
      and St. Vincent’s Hospital

3. To support hospitals and clinics with information and training in issues of
   Latino/Hispanic health
    We have collaborated with local hospitals and clinics in outreach activities
      targeting Hispanics/Latinos (e.g., breast and cervical screening, awareness
      about skin cancer, awareness about sexually transmitted infections)

4. To collaborate with UAB medical students in the development and establishment of
   a health clinic to serve low-income individuals, including Hispanics/Latinos.

5. To promote education and awareness about Hispanic/Latino health issues among
   local and state officials, social service agencies, local funders, etc.
    Dr. Scarinci has given lectures about the Hispanic/Latino culture and their health
      needs to social services agencies, local health department, Birmingham
      Leadership Program, local funders, etc.
    Members of the Hispanic/Latino Health Working Group volunteer their time to
      provide health information in a monthly radio show organized by the lay health
      promoters
    Two local Latino newspapers published a health-related article per month free of
      charge; some of these articles are written by members of the Hispanic/Latino
      Health Working Group
    Dr. Karen Saenz provides health education and nursing services to low-income
      Latinos one day per week at the Multicultural Center in Hoover

								
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