Patient Navigator Program
It was in 2007 when the Livestrong Foundation provided funding for Familias en Acción to develop the first Patient Navigation Program for Latino population in Oregon dealing with cancer, which currently also receives resources from PacificSource Foundation, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the Center for Health Research of Kaiser Permanente and Project Access Now. Also, last month Familias en Acción signed an agreement with the Bar of Oregon Medical Insurance (OMIP) and Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oregon to provide services to Hispanic patients who cannot obtain health coverage because of their preexisting health conditions.
Patient navigators help patients and their families through education about cancer and other chronic conditions, to understand their condition and know the different treatment options that are accessible for them. In addition, this program provides a monthly support group where patients talk about their concerns, learn about health, nutrition and enjoy of other activities like yoga, meditation, etcetera.
Our patient navigators assist patients and their families through:
- Education to understand their diseases and treatment options
- Support in accessing financial, housing and other support services
- Reducing language and cultural barriers to quality treatment
- Psychosocial support for survivors and their families as they adapt to their life changes post cancer treatment
- Palliative care for patients and their families including psychosocial and spiritual support and referral to appropriate community social service services
- Nutrition and exercise program
- Monthly support group
Annual Latino Health Equity Conference
The mission of this annual event is to highlight medical research, programs and policies directly involved with the health of Latinos who live in the United States, so that patients and physicians, researchers and partners exchange their opinions, interact and learn about the this topic to eliminate health disparities.
Another objective of our conference is to provide an interactive forum for health experts to close the gap between patients and medical research, and it also represents an excellent opportunity for students to talk about their concerns and discover the different careers that exist in the health field.
eSaludToday: Online Health Magazine for Latinos
One of the main concerns of the Hispanic patients is the need for having clear, easy to read and Spanish language information to help them better understand their condition. We are aware that medical terms are hard to understand... especially if it is words in another language.
That is why we came across with the idea of promoting healthier communities for adults and young Latinos and their families through a clear and easy-to-read publication, using Internet as social platform to stimulate the interest of Latino population among health issues.
eSaludToday is an online magazine that offers innovative monthly issues that includes holistic health and wellness for the Hispanic community. With a bilingual content our goal is to get a wider audience and reach more homes. Our readers can enjoy practical advices on food and nutrition, alternative therapies, medical advances, tips for the family, exercises and more.
The purpose of eSaludToday is to be available to all people at any time, whether in the comfort of their home or office, or while using a smart phone. That way we ensure that our readers will be always informed will be able to share this information with their loved ones.
Since our launch on April 1st, 2012, our website offer several sections that address and explain some chronic conditions such as cancer, depression or diabetes in an easy-to-understand language, and as provide to our readers with useful tips to prevent diseases and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
And because Familias en Acción goes beyond health, our publication also has interesting videos, health soap operas, interviews with professionals in the medic fields and we even have a a literary section! In addition, we interact constantly with our readers through social media like Facebook and Twitter on the premise that the best way to take care of our health is to start with us and see for all at the same time.
Finally, as part of the cause of bringing more health news to a greater number of individuals, Familias en Acción along with Hispanic newspaper “El Centinela”, have joined efforts to work together for the noble cause of informing the Latino population of Oregon about the more significant information in the field of health.
Do not forget to visit our monthly publication www.esaludtoday.com!