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!
Last December 13th and 14th , Mexican Consulate’s Ventanilla de Salud Móvil (Mobile Health Window) led by JUNTOS wrapped up the year with a great health fair in Garden City, KS. We’d like to acknowledge and thank all the volunteers, Promotoras de Salud from Liberal, Garden City, and Dodge City as well as Viva Saludable en Kansas for their partnership throughout the year.
Thanks to the Latino community around Kansas for allowing us to serve you!
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.
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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.
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.
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