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Next course starts on November 10th

Culturally Competent Palliative Care for Latinos

Familias en Acción has developed a short, two-week online course. This course gives participants an important grounding in culturally sensitive issues that can arise in every interaction with patients and families served by hospice and palliative care. The result? Patients and families can be offered palliative care in ways that they understand and that support their family and cultural values. And in the end, this understanding will help you and your organization do a better job of reaching all those who need your care.


"The modular delivery method of the course was excellent. I learned so much just doing the few modules I did... The information is so pertinent to today's need for providing holistic, culturally competent care...  I believe that the portrayal of the client in your course was spot on. Allowing participants to have an outlet for discussion also provided insight into each individual, as well as their thinking about providing Latinos with excellent palliative care."

- Beatriz C. Nieto, R.N., Ph.D.

Participants earn 12 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for completing this course. Credits are made possible by California State University Institute for Palliative Care. Visit their website for more information about the course.


The 6th Annual Latino Health Equity Conference

The Familias en Acción Latino Health Equity Conference will be held in

Portland, Oregon on Thursday, June 18, 2015 at Portland State University.

The conference provides a forum to focus on individual and community pathways to health equity through research, programs and policies. The interactive annual conference serves an important role in bridging the gap between health research/practice and Latinos to develop strategies for health equity.  


Instructions for Abstract Submission:


Abstracts must be submitted to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  by October 31, 2014Please read complete instructions.


  Join us at the 2015 LHEC on Thursday, June 18th at Portland State University!

Pilar Alcantar
Patient Navigator

Pilar Alcantar has been an ongoing volunteer at Familias en Acción and supports the work that we do to empower the Latinos in our community. She has regularly volunteered at our Support Group for breast cancer survivors and their families. In addition, Pilar represents Familias at a variety of community health events where she is able to reach out to Latinos and share with them important information regarding their health and patient navigator services.

She has been a constant advocate for Latinos to learn how to take control of their health condition. It is her positive energy and empathetic character which has made Pilar a crucial member of our Familias team. Over the summer, she served as a Program Assistant for our Palliative Care Program. She leads our Empodérate training for community members. Also, she organized a very successful Palliative Care Summit last month! Pilar is always taking on new challenges and opportunities.


Starting in October, Pilar joined our staff as a Patient Navigator. She will join the team of dedicated patient navigators serving Latinos across the state of Oregon.


Thank you, Pilar! We look forward to your next journey with us here at Familias. 





EXPO Highlights:

  • Kendall Simmons, former pro-football player for the Pittsburgh Steelers, will share how he has been living active with type 1 diabetes for over 10 years.
  • The Screening Area will offer blood glucose testing, blood pressure checks, flu shots, as well as vision, hearing, and foot screenings. You'll also have the chance to talk to a variety of experts about managing your health!
  • Stop by the Por Tu Familia Area where community partners will offer screenings, support, education, and resources in Spanish!
  • Check out the Active Living Area with exercise demonstrations and helpful tips from local fitness coaches!
  • Bring your family by the Healthy Kids Area to visit with Gales Creek Camp counselors, do fun activities and learn easy ways to keep everyone in your family healthy.
  • Don't forget to do your shopping for diabetes books and American Diabetes Association items at the EXPO Bookstore!
  • Visit the ADA Experience to learn all things ADA, gather educational materials and resources, sign up to be a Diabetes Advocate and register for Tour de Cure!

Join us for this FREE event on November 22nd!
To learn more and to register visit:





On behalf of Legacy Health and community partners, we are pleased to share that the fourth Oregon and SW Washington Health Literacy Conference is scheduled for Friday, March 6, 2015 at The Sentinel Hotel in Portland. The sold-out previous conferences reflect our community's concern that we must address this public health crisis and contributor to health disparities. 


National and local experts will share research and evidence-based practices on the issue. Registration opens November 17th. CME credit for all professionals is offered.


For more information, please visit the conference website: