Initial Grants Awarded for Food Equity for Healthy Latino Families Project
Initial funding for Food Equity for Healthy Latino Families, a two year project, is provided by Meyer Memorial Trust ($123,600 over two years) and Spirit Mountain Community Foundation ($15,000 for the first year). Familias en Acción (Familias), in collaboration with the OHSU Bob and Charlee Moore Institute for Nutrition & Wellness, will develop a research-based, culturally and linguistically specific curriculum to build Latino community knowledge and advocacy skills about food justice and family health. The project will focus on nutrition as a foundation for strengthening the health of Latino families and communities. Additional funding is still being requested.
Poverty and risks for chronic diseases are linked. In Oregon, over one-quarter of Latinos and over one-third of Latino children live in poverty. Currently Latinos are experiencing an epidemic of obesity and Type 2 diabetes. In the U.S., two out of every three Latinos are overweight or obese, and since 1998, the rates of Type 2 diabetes have doubled among this population. Among Latino children ages six to 11, one in four are obese.
Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD) research has demonstrated the lifelong impact of good nutrition during the first thousand days, from conception to about age two, in preventing obesity and chronic disease risk. Poor prenatal nutrition increases risk of acquiring chronic diseases in offspring as they become adults; and yet, Latinas in Oregon receive less prenatal care than non-Hispanic white women. Our project, in collaboration with the OHSU Moore Institute, responds to an urgent need to build advocacy and knowledge for Latinos about the link between social inequities and poor health. Current public health educational programs often focus on individual responsibility for nutrition and healthy families. However, equally important are the development of equitable public policies to improve social, physical and economic environments for healthy Latino families.
Food Equity for Healthy Latino Families differs from traditional nutritional programs because it addresses the root causes of health inequities. The curriculum will enhance knowledge of the role of the community environment in the availability of appropriate nutrition and level of social stress experienced prior to and during pregnancy. Participants will build their knowledge about the health impacts of poverty, racial discrimination, social disadvantages, and overall toxic stress on themselves and their children. Self-advocacy skills in food justice will build self-sufficiency for participants. Leadership development will take place through participation at a Community Council and community leaders training to implement the curriculum into Latino communities throughout Oregon.
Manejo Personal de la Diabetes
Manejo Personal de la Diabetes is a curriculum from the Stanford University School of Medicine. This community-based workshop meets 2.5 hours per week for 6 weeks.
Subjects covered include:
- techniques to deal with the symptoms of diabetes
- importance of physical activity for improving health and strength
- healthy eating
- use of diabetes medication
- effective communication with health care providers
Tomando Control de Su Salud
It is a Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions Self Management Program. It is a FREE workshop for people with ongoing health conditions such as diabetes, asthma, emphysema, heart conditions, high blood pressure, MS, and others. Participants meet 2.5 hours per week for 6 weeks. It is taught in Spanish and educates and encourages Latinos to manage their chronic illnesses through different self-management tools.
This program will support participants with:
- How to work with doctors and others on their health care team
- Personalizing a fitness program
- Relaxation techniques
- Dealing with negative emotions
- Managing symptoms
- Improving communications with family, friends and others
- Tips for eating well
- Personal goal setting
- Effective problem-solving
Walk with Ease
Walk with Ease is a walking program to encourage people with and without arthritis to get started walking and stay motivated to keep active anytime of the year. During the 6-week program, participants meet once a week in groups of up to 15. They begin each class with a health education session on an arthritis- or exercise-related topic, followed by stretching activities and a 10–35 minute walk. Participants receive educational materials and tools to supplement the group classes. In the beginning of the six-week program, the walking portion of the class may last only 10 minutes, or depending on the physical capacity of the group, it could last 30 minutes or more. The class is structured so that the leader can format the class to meet the needs and abilities of the participants.
Seed to Supper
Seed to Supper is a FREE comprehensive five-week beginning gardening course that gives novice, adult gardeners the tools and confidence they need to successfully grow a portion of their own food on a limited budget.Classes meet for 2 hours once a week for 3 weeks. At the first week’s class, participants will be given a gardening booklet that is theirs to keep. At the completion of classes, participants may also be given seeds and/or plant starts to take home. Over the course of 3 weeks participants learn about building healthy soil; planning, planting, caring for their garden and harvesting.
Palliative Care for our Latino Families 2-hour Community Training
Promotoras/Community Health Workers as trusted leaders in the Latino community now have a new tool that can educate patients and families about palliative care and chronic disease. Familias en Acción, in partnership with the Cambia Health Foundation, has developed a palliative care community educational program for Latinos.
Empodérate/Health Empowerment: Palliative Care for our Latino Families is a 2 hour session that can be held in churches, schools, homes and other community settings. Empodérate sessions are warm, non-judgmental and interactive–information is culturally specific, provided in Spanish and does not require high literacy skills. Participants are introduced to concepts around patient centered care, are encouraged to take an active role in managing their chronic illness, and gain a beginning understanding of palliative care. Facilitators are trained in a train the trainer format. Cost to offer sessions is minimal.
For more information, please contact Sandra Hernandes at (503) 201-9865 or email@example.com