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Tercera reunión del consejo de Latino Kick Buts

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Esta semana se están llevando a cabo las terceras reuniones del consejo de Latino Kick Buts. Este consejo está compuesto por un grupo de diferentes paises de habla hispana, que son profesionales de distintas especialidades a los que les une el trabajo en la comunidad latina en los Estados Unidos. Los componentes son:

  • Lilia castillo (México): Enlace comunitario en la industria radiofónica
  • Lucía Jones (Uruguay): Enfermera y coordinadora de Enroll Wyandotte
  • Oscar Monterroso (Costa Rica): Producción de video y programas de radio
  • Dora Ponce (México): Coordinadora de programas comunitarios
  • Ernesto Suárez (Cuba): Asesor multilingüe de creación de contenido
  • Carolina Uribe (Perú): Trabajadora social


El objetivo de estas reuniones es trabajar con el equipo de Juntos en la adaptación tanto cultural como lingüística del programa Latino Kick Buts. Este programa pretende ayudar a los fumadores latinos en los Estados Unidos a dejar de fumar mediante una combinación de mensajes de texto y tratamiento farmacológico.

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Dia Internacional de las Personas de Edad

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Como parte de las actividades del Dia internacional de las Personas de Edad promocionado por la Organizacion Mundial de la Salud, el Consulado de Mexico en Kansas City, organizo un evento para felicitar y demostrar a nuestros adultos mayores lo importante que son. En este evento ofrecimos nuestros servicios, como Presion Arterial, Glucosa e Indice de Masa Corporal, para todos los asistentes, ademas de examenes para evaluar la destreza mental de estos.

En este evento tambien hubo una presentacion sobre enfermedad de alzheimer por el Dr. Eric D. Vidoni, PT,PhD, a la cual los asistentes prestaron mucho interes.

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EXCTING NEWS !!! Teachers and Students for Community-Oriented Research and Education

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In the past 6 years, Drs. Cupertino and Ramaswamy have been submitting multiple grant applications with the ultimate goal to increase the number of underrepresented minority students pursuing careers in health sciences including public health and medicine.

We are excited to share the news that we received funding to work together implementing a Science Award Partnership for Education (SEPA) from the National Institute of Health entitled: Teachers and Students for Community-Oriented Research and Education (T-SCORE) This new SEPA award encompasses a partnership between KUMC Department of Preventive Medicine, JUNTOs Center for Advancing Latino Health, KUMC Office Cultural Enhancement and Ku Lawrence School of Education and School Districts (Wichita and Kansas City,Kansas)


Through T-SCORE, teachers and KUMC faculty will incorporate the new modules into the Health Science curriculum to build students’ understanding of scientific inquiry and interest in health disparity research.  The innovation of our proposed T-SCORE teaching fellow training is that teachers will work collaboratively and alongside KUMC health disparities researchers through a sustainable professional development infrastructure. Our T-SCORE innovation also stems from our focus on health disparities as the content that will enhance interest and buy-in of students and get teachers to be closer to community health issues. Local health disparities issues will also be more likely to resonate with student scholars, since the issues will focus on their own communities, giving them a sense of ownership and investment in finding solutions to local problems.We anticipate approximately 120 students per year will be positively impacted through the modules, for a total of 480 students by the end of the grant period.


Rather than a static or top-down mandate, the T-SCORE theoretical framework is based on an empowerment model that emphasizes empowering teachers and researchers to be change agents by providing them with resources, opportunities for curriculum development, and an authentic professional learning community. By creating a framework in which teachers and researchers collaborate for curriculum development, we draw on the concept of the professional learning community (PLC).  Engaged students will harness the power of inquiry-based preparatory health sciences programs to lead the workforce in health science research and health care in the future.   In sum, T-SCORE will serve to expand opportunities for students to acquire new knowledge, and it will also challenge their assumptions about research knowledge as irrelevant or out-of-reach. Students will begin to view the process as purposeful and consequential for the health of their communities.  Further, T-SCORE will enable students to see firsthand the workforce contributions they can make by choosing careers in public health research and preventive health care, along with the other more traditional medical and health science opportunities.


T-SCORE will ultimately impact the health of communities.  T-SCORE is designed to have a direct impact on the communities with trained T-SCORE teaching fellows leading the charge. T-SCORE addresses one of the most pressing issues facing health science education in the US: how can teachers engage a diverse group of students effectively so that they have a solid understanding of scientific practices, then be able to appreciate that what they are learning is relevant to their lives and their experiences?   T-SCORE will create opportunities and resources to build the bridge between health science research knowledge and students’ everyday experiences with health disparities issues by incorporating health science teachers into a collaborative learning experience along with KUMC faculty. Through this collaboration, T-SCORE teaching fellows will integrate health disparities modules into the Health Science Career Pathway curriculum, as required by NGSS.


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We will be participating:

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Latino Kick Buts

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Si usted es:

  • Fumador
  • Ex fumador (Dejó de fumar hace 6 meses)
  • Familiar de un fumadorUnase a nuestro proyecto de investigacion, venga a compartir sus ideas y opiniones para un programa para dejar de fumar a través de mensajes de texto.

    Le ofrecemos:

    • $30 de compensación por su participación (2 hrs)
    • La oportunidad de contribuir a un programa innovador a través de mensajes de texto para fumadores Latinos


    Comuníquese con Lucia Martinez:


                 Juntos Center for Advancing Latino Health (

    4125 Rainbow Blvd. Suite 100

    Kansas City, KS 66160

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Arturo Ponce: OHTLI Award 2015 recipient

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IMG_3820Arturo Ponce, Coordinator of Ventanilla de Salud (Mobile Health Window) in SW Kansas, was recognized for his years of work and success in helping the Latino and Mexican communities throughout South West Kansas region. He is also a food engineer, has led initiatives in the defense and dissemination of labor rights for the meat sector workers in the same region. 

The Ventanillas de Salud (VDS)” is a bi-national program created by JUNTOS Center for advancing for Latino Health as a part of the Preventive Medicine Department of the Medical Center and the Mexican government over a decade ago to support the health needs of its citizens abroad. Mr. Ponce also collaborates as an ACA Navigator with the United Methodist Mexican American Ministries.  

The Ohtli Award was conceived to recognize and honor Mexican, Mexican-American or Latino leaders whose efforts have contributed significantly to the wellbeing, prosperity and empowerment of Mexican communities abroad. Ohtli is a náhuatl word that means “pathway”, or camino in Spanish.

IMG_0328The Institute for Mexicans Abroad, part of the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs, annually grants the Ohtli Award, which consists of a medal, a silver rosette, and a diploma. This acknowledgment honors people who have dedicated most of their lives and career to “blazing a trail” abroad for younger generations of Mexicans and Mexican-Americans as they strive to achieve their dreams.

This Award is one of the highest and very limited distinctions given by the Government of Mexico to distinguished individuals of Mexican or Latino origin.

The Consulate of Mexico in Kansas City held this ceremony on May 7th, 2015 at the KCP&L Corporate Headquarters Energy Center.



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The University of Kansas has been offered a Fulbright U.S. Student Program grant to Brazil in Public Health

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Contact: ECA Press Office

Telephone: 202-632-6445

Date: 05/06/15

Kirsten Devin Receives Fulbright Award

Kirsten Devin of The University of Kansas has been offered a Fulbright U.S. Student Program grant to Brazil in Public Health, the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board announced recently.

Devin is one of over 1,900 U.S. citizens who will travel abroad for the 2015-2016 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential.

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The primary source of funding for the Fulbright Program is an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations and foundations in foreign countries and in the United States also provide direct and indirect support. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. The Program operates in over 160 countries worldwide.

Since its establishment in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program has given approximately 360,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists, and scientists the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

Fulbright alumni have achieved distinction in government, science, the arts, business, philanthropy, education, and many other fields.  Fifty-three Fulbright alumni from 12 countries have been awarded the Nobel Prize, and 82 alumni have received Pulitzer Prizes. Prominent Fulbright alumni include: Muhammad Yunus, founder, Grameen Bank, and 2006 Nobel Peace Prize recipient; Juan Manuel Santos, President of Colombia; John Hope Franklin, noted American historian and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient; Riccardo Giacconi, physicist and 2002 Nobel Laureate; Amar Gopal Bose, founder, Bose Corporation; Renée Fleming, soprano; Jonathan Franzen, writer; and Daniel Libeskind, architect.

Fulbright recipients are among over 50,000 individuals participating in U.S. Department of State exchange programs each year. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is administered by the Institute of International Education.

For further information about the Fulbright Program or the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, please visit our website at or contact Elaine Clayton, telephone 202-632-6452 or e-mail

United States Department of State · Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Washington, DC · 20522

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Dr. Ana Paula Cupertino – Honorary Visitor Professor of the Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Hidalgo ( UAEH )

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“Mexicans’ health and wellbeing outside the borders is also a responsibility of Mexico” This was Dr. Cupertino’s opening statement when she was invested as an Honorary Visitor Professor of the Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Hidalgo ( UAEH ) as part of the 2014 International Seminar Series.

Dr. Cupertino considered an honor to be part of the highest educational institution in the State of Hidalgo. She stated “I humbly accept the opportunity to work in the international mission, strategy and vision of the Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Hidalgo”.

She offered her full support and commitment to work with in the Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Hidalgo supporting the development of a binational research and education exchange program.   A US-Mexico partnership has an immediate impact on the health of thousand immigrants residing in USA and states as Kansas. This is the reason why Dr. Cupertino dedicated the recognition to Mexican immigrants living and working in the US, who have limited access to health care services.

IN her remarks she stressed the importance of activities that integrates the vision of internationalization students from University Kansas Medical Center and Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Hidalgo.

The award ceremony was held in the auditorium Nicolás Ruiz Licona at the Institute of Health Sciences (ICSA) . Dr Humberto Veras Godoy, Chancellor of the Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Hidalgo personally presented the Honorarium Professor Recognition.

Dr. Veras Godoy mentioned that the University aims to be internationally visible to strengthen knowledge of the academic areas , particularly health.

As a new honorary visitor professor of the Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Hidalgo; Dr. Cupertino will be adjunct to the ICSA – Institute of Health Sciences.

Dr. Cupertino was recognized along with 5 other US Honorarium Professors including,  Dr. Debora Stipek – Dean of the Stanford Graduate School of Education and Professor of Education; Dr. Robert Kinscherff  – Forensic and clinical psychologist and an attorney of the Massachusetts School of  Professional Psychology; Professor Tracy K. Smith – Princeton University and Professor Jody Williams – Vermont University.

Since Dr. Cupertino became an Honorarium professor, she has facilitated the development of a binational research program on reproductive health among teenagers. She has also guided the international clinical rotation for a KUMC medical student and Children Mercy Hospital resident.

The ceremony counted with the attendance of the Director of the ICSA – Jose Ma . Bustos Villareal , International Development Secretary Roberto Rodriguez Garonne;  Dean of Nursing and Academics – Pilar Vargas Escamilla and from the University Medical Center – Dr. Edward Ellerberk, Sosland and Chair of the Preventive and Public Health Department and  Dr. Jacqueline Issa – cardiologist from Brazil

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Valentines Day Appreciation to our lovely administrative staff

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Juntos could not be successful without the help of our administrative staff. For Valentines Day we wanted to send them a little appreciation gift. KUMC Doctor’s notes did it for us by singing to them on this special day!

Thank you for all that you do Joanne, Marilyn, and Glenn!

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Empowering Promotores de Salud as partners in cancer education and research in rural Southwest Kansas

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One of our project efforts in SW Kansas was published in the Oncology Nursing Forum this past January 2015. Here is a copy of the article!



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