For many Latinos sex and sexual wellbeing is considered taboo topic. During Sexual Health Awareness Month in September, Licensed Psychologist and Certified Sex Therapist, Dr. Shannon Chavez is dedicated raise awareness about the importance of sexual health education.
Josof Sanchez has worked with youth for decades, serving as a probation commissioner for L.A. County and more recently mentoring youth through a film program at Santa Monica College. His latest project uses film to empower Latino youth to reach other young people and become mental health advocates.
When Maira Gutiérrez was diagnosed with Chagas disease in 1997, neither she nor her primary care physician had even heard of the malady. She discovered her illness only by chance, after participating in a Red Cross blood drive organized by her employer, Universal Studios. Trypanosoma cruzi, the parasite that causes Chagas, is transmitted through an insect called the triatomine bug, known as the kissing bug, because it usually bites close to the lips. Chagas disease affects people primarily in rural Latin America, where the insect thrives in thatched roofs and mud walls.
Each year, the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) coordinates and organizes World Breastfeeding week.
Amairani Hernandez shares her experience as a first-time mother.
A month after my gallbladder removal operation, I am finally beginning to feel like my old self. For the first four weeks after surgery, I was restricted to certain physical activities, such as running, bending over, working out, swimming and avoiding lifting anything heavier than 20 pounds. Now comes the most challenging part of my recovery; acclimating my digestive system to life without a gallbladder.
Elevating the Safety net program recruits train and retain highly-qualified primary care physicians for the L.A. County safety net. Currently, Los Angeles County is experiencing a physician shortage that threatens the safety net that provides health care to vulnerable and low-income communities.
Here are five easy ways first – time parents can prepare their toddler for the first dental visit. Make it fun, make it flavorful, play pretend, praise and give them positive reinforcement.
Last month, I went to Kern Medical Hospital to have my gallbladder removed, as I had been diagnosed with gallstones and was suffering from gallbladder attacks. My anxiety was through the roof that morning. I woke up three times before my alarm. Although I am not a religious person, I have learned that in situations like this, you must have some hope. As a result, I began praying that I would make it out of surgery alive and be reunited with my family afterward. It worked.
About 810,000, or 1 in 10, Los Angeles County adults together owe more than $2.6 billion in medical debt as of 2021, a new analysis has found — a staggering sum that suggests extending health coverage to more people doesn’t necessarily protect them from burdensome debt. medical debt disproportionately affects the uninsured and underinsured, low-income residents, and Black and Latino populations. It said the consequences are alarming, noting that debt negatively impacts factors that determine future health outcomes, such as housing, employment, food security, and access to prescriptions and health care.
At the ER, they asked me all types of questions, but they couldn’t figure out what was wrong with me. It wasn’t until they did an ultrasound that they found one stone in my gallbladder. You have no idea how shocked I was to learn that. I’ve never had any health issues in my life.
While Mental Health Awareness Month was observed last month in May, the issue is often front-and-center for many Latinos and family members who support them in their mental health journey to recovery.
Charlene Dimas-Peinado, is the President and CEO of Wellnest, a $32 million nationally recognized trauma informed behavioral health and housing organization in Los Angeles. She is the first Latina President & CEO of Wellnest since its founding in 1924.
As a first time mother it can be a little overwhelming adjusting to the new you but, don’t be afraid to ask for accommodations that will help you best balance work and family time.