Alonso, 25, of Fresno, CA, was raised by her parents and grandparents. Both of her grandparents were agricultural workers and taught her how to take care of the plants they harvested. They also showed her little tricks to save money and be environmentally friendly, like line-drying their laundry. By the age of five, Alonso recalls being in love with the earth and the environment.
DR. SUSANA MARQUEZ, tackling Latina perinatal mental health
Dr. Susana Marquez is a specialized maternal mental health clinician. She educates mothers on what maternal mental health is and helps their family’s understand what these mothers are experiencing during their pregnancy. She educates on the importance of the mother’s mental and emotional well-being by connecting them with the proper resources in the community. Dr. Marquez is also a health advocate, speaker, and educator in the Latino community, with services in both English and Spanish.
CA stockpiles penalties from uninsured residents rather than lower costs
Nearly three years after California started fining residents who don’t have health insurance, the state has not distributed any of the revenue it has collected, KHN has learned — money that was intended to help Californians struggling to pay for coverage.
OSCAR DE LA HOYA donates $1 million to help East LA breast cancer patients
Oscar De La Hoya is an Olympic gold medalist, a prominent boxing promoter and the owner of 11 world titles in the ring. Today, he just wants to be one of the people who helps breat breast cancer. To that end, late last month the former graduate of James A. Garfield High School in East Los Angeles recently donated $1 million to Adventist Health White Memorial in Boyle Heights to support local breast cancer patients.
ARIANNA CHAVEZ, on Basta Disparidad in San Diego and helping underserved Latinos
For a year, Chavez solely ran her San Diego Free Resources Instagram account named Basta Disparidad. She would identify and research a public health problem and promote it on the page. Free STI testing, food distributions, free flu shots, and counseling services for families in need have been resources Chavez has posted on Basta Disparidad. In the midst of 2020, Chavez decided to launch a volunteer based internship program in order to help students whose internships had been ruined due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
ROSALINA FELIPE, cancer survivor and host of Too Young For This Sh*t
A year and eight months since her life was tilted on its axis, Felipe has undergone a mastectomy, radiation treatments, breast reconstruction and lymph node dissection to combat the cancer, which had spread to her lymph nodes. Somehow, among all of that, she managed to create her own community and safe haven in the form of one-of-a-kind podcast called Too Young For This Sh*t. The podcast content covers life with cancer, with new episodes posted on Thursdays.
CALÓ Q&A: Move LA and Prop 30
CALÓ NEWS recently interviewed Marisa Garcia and Denny Zane of Move LA to learn more about their non-profit and how Prop 30 can benefit the Latino community in Los Angeles, the state of California and hopefully the rest of the world.
FRED SANDOVAL, of NLBHA, talks about mental health and Latinos
While Mental Health Awareness Day was observed earlier this month on October 10, the issue is often front-and-center for many Latinos and family members who support them. Sandoval, president of the National Latino Behavioral Health Association (NLBHA), spoke with CALÓ NEWS on the importance of educating and spreading awareness about mental health to the Latino community.
American Cancer Society, Road to Recovery Program helps Latinos
According to the American Cancer Society, men and women are at a higher risk for cancers associated with infectious agents such as the liver, stomach and cervix. In LA County, the Latinx community is the largest community the American Cancer Society serves. Cancer is the leading cause of mortality within the community, accounting for 20% of deaths. Many unfortunate circumstances prevent individuals within the Latinx community from seeking treatment, such as socioeconomic status, system racism, access to health care, and cultural values and beliefs. “Road to Recovery” will be run through a mobile-friendly website to make it easier for volunteers to view and accept ride requests.
Latino Equality Alliance provides mental health, Covid-19, HIV help
Latino Equality Alliance (LEA) is a Latinx LGBTQ+ nonprofit located in Boyle Heights. The organization was founded in Los Angeles around 2009 as a direct response to the passing of Proposition 8, an initiative that defined marriage as legitimate solely between a man and a woman. CALÓ NEWS interviewed Eloy Armendariz, the alliance’s development assistant to discuss issues involving the Latinx generation and healthcare.
BIBIANA MARTINEZ, on Latinos Contra El Cancer and saving lives
Latinos Contra El Cancer operates in Los Angeles as a chapter of the American Cancer Society, and focuses on helping Latinos combat and survive cancer in communities like LA. The organization specializes in supporting Latinos suffering from cancer and helps them find medical and financial resources no matter immigration status or financial status, according to the group’s website. These resources range from hosting virtual meetings with health experts on topics – such as breast cancer, cancer screenings and coping with the loss of a loved one.
DR. EDWARD MENA, health savior helps Latinos fight off liver cancer
October is Liver Cancer Awareness Month and Dr. Edward Mena wants to educate the Latino community on the importance of this health topic and its risk factors. Dr. Mena is a practicing hepatologist and currently serves as the Medical Director of the Pasadena Liver Center in California.