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A.M.I.G.A. Promotoras de Salud Helping Latinas get Access for Breast Cancer Screening

In an effort to eliminate disparities in breast cancer among Latina women, Juntos and Viva Saludable en Kansas launched the A.M.I.G.A. program in January 2014; funded by the American Cancer Society and the National Football League. The program aims to decrease the incidence of breast cancer among Latina women by providing information about breast cancer (particularly breast physiology, screening, risk factors and prevention) and to encourage women to utilize free and/or low-cost breast cancer screening services available in the community.

 The Promotoras de Salud that are participating in this effort are Catalina Reyes, Lucia Martinez, Norma Paredes, and Gloria Cortes. They are based at two safety net clinics serving a large proportion of Spanish-speaking Latinas in the Kansas City metro area, Duchesne Clinic and Cabot Westside Health Center.  As Latina patients wait for their appointments, Promotoras reach out to them in a linguistically and culturally appropriate way. From palpable breast models to bright breast anatomy illustrations, Promotoras use different tools to explain the importance of breast cancer screening for early detection in one-on-one sessions where women feel comfortable to share thoughts and ask questions. Promotoras encourage women to talk to their providers about their breast health, discuss their risk factors, and the best screening tests for them. Overall, they work to empower women to take control of their own well-being.

The  Promotoras de Salud are actively involved in their community and conduct outreach in different health fair events and at the Mexican Consulate every week. They also partner with several organizations to host breast cancer workshops where they share information on healthy lifestyles to prevent breast cancer, explain key concepts about cancer and refer women for free or low cost mammograms. Some of the community partners they have worked with include Westside CAN Center, Parents as Teachers program,  Iglesia El Sagrado Corazon Guadalupe, and YMCA Wyandotte.

Besides tracking all their activities, planning events, and having weekly coaching meetings, Promotoras participate in monthly training sessions about different health topics in the Latino community. These sessions are also conducted in collaboration with KUMC and community partners such as Enroll Wyandotte, Alzheimer’s Association, KanCare, and Kansas Family Partnership.

In 2014, promotoras have provided breast cancer education to over 1,000 women and 180 have completed a mammogram.

Location Number ofwomen contacted
Health fairs and community settings 724
Clinics 288
Total 1,012

 

Juntos Preventing Teen Pregnancy Among Latinas in Rural Kansas

Teen pregnancy is a public health concern that has serious implications in teen’s lives and the community where they live. The problem is accentuated in underserved communities such as rural areas with high concentration of Latinos. In Liberal Kansas, for instance, teen pregnancy rates are very high, sometimes 3 times higher than the national average. In an effort to address this social and health disparity, Dr. Barral at Children’s Mercy Hospital and Dr. Cupertino at Juntos are leading a study addressing teen pregnancy among Latinas in rural Kansas. This past Monday, the study leaders and Juntos staff Brenda Cartujano (Medical student from Mexico) Ramiro Diaz, and Mariana Ramírez,  traveled to Dodge and Liberal City to conduct a series of focus groups with high school and college students as part of the study.

Maria Hernandez at the Migrant Program at Dodge City High School in coordination with Arturo Ponce at Juntos welcomed the team and introduced them to a group of adolescents willing to participate in the focus group sessions. In addition, the team conducted in-depth interviews with college students at Sedgwick County Community College. The goal of the groups and the interviews is to get a better insight into the knowledge, believes and attitudes teenagers have around teen pregnancy, contraception and sexual activity. These sessions are part of a larger bi-national study looking at teen pregnancy in the US and Mexico.

 

 

Enroll Wyandotte! Helping the Latino community enroll for healthcare

The Enroll Wyandotte health fair and enrollment event was held on Saturday, Dec. 6, at Memorial Hall, 600 N. 7th St., in Kansas City, Kansas.  At the event, people had the opportunity to meet with certified ACA counselors, health plan representatives, and other community agencies. Services that were offered included assistance  with health insurance enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace in English and in Spanish, health screenings (BMI, blood pressure, and glucose), and breast cancer education and referrals for free mammograms for eligible women.

The deadline to enroll in the Health Insurance Marketplace is February 15, 2015. Juntos will be helping people enroll this year, for more information or to schedule an appointment please contact Johana Bravo at (913)945-7874.

“A Crucial Catch Day” at Samuel U. Rodgers

On October 25, 2014 Juntos held “A Crucial Catch Day” at Samuel U. Rodgers. The health fair was organized by Mariana Ramirez and her team of Promotoras. “A Crucial Catch Day” was planned to be a day for women to pamper themselves and learn about different services.

Services that were offered include BMI, glucose, and blood pressure tests, flu vaccines, nail art, chair massages, Zumba, nutrition education, and one-on-one education in breast cancer. 21 mammograms were performed that day for woman that had low-income or had trouble getting an appointment.

Chiefs cheerleaders & KC Wolf came in support of the event and signed posters for kids. “A Crucial Catch Day” was very successful and we were able to see families enjoy all the services the health fair had to offer. We would like to thank all of our volunteers and the organizations that came to support us, this event would not have been the success that it was without their participation. More photos of our participants can be seen on our facebook page .


2014 Binational Health Week

Another year Juntos joins efforts with the Mexican consulate in Kansas City, MO for Binational Health Week (BHW) activities. BHW is the largest mobilization efforts in the Americas to improve the health and well-being of the underserved Latino population living in the United States.

 

 

 

This year we started the activities with the Bike Safety Rodeo Health and Financial Fair. The event took place on Saturday October 4th, at the Gladstone Elementary School. The event attracted more than 200 underserved families. Bicycles were raffled for the children, and many educational information and health screenings were provided including free immunizations. Juntos provided free basic health screenings (BMI, blood glucose, and blood pressure), diabetes risk assessment, and breast cancer information to approximately 60 participants. Thank you to all our committed volunteers that helped us during that day.

Activities continued throughout the week with events organized every day from Monday October 6th to Friday October 10th at the Mexican Consulate in Kansas City, MO. A total of 250 Mexicans received information, and access to health from all the providers available at the consulate. It was a BHW effort from numerous providers in the community. Participants were able to get information on the Affordable Care Act enrollment periods, health lifestyles, dental health, mental health, access to care, breast cancer information, and free basic health screenings (BMI, cholesterol, blood glucose, and blood pressure), and free immunizations from Walgreens. In addition, doctors volunteered their time to be available for one-on-one sessions for any consultations and participants that were identified as potential cases for diabetes, or hypertension were referred to a clinic.

In addition, Arturo Ponce joined efforts in Southwest Kansas and participated in the Annual Victory Electric Community Health Fair to initiate the efforts for BHW in SW Kansas. Himself and Promotoras de Salud from Dodge City provided basic health screenings (BMI, blood glucose, blood pressure), and educational information on breast cancer, STDs, and smoking cessation.

Thank you again to the Mexican Consulate to help us collaborate on BHW efforts, and to all our volunteers for their continuous support in all our community outreach events in the community. Every person we reach we are a little closer to building a healthier Latino community in Kansas and Missouri.

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