• Puerto Rico: Now, It’s the Island’s Turn to Work on Health Care

    By Natalia A. Bonilla Berrios LatinaLista SAN JUAN -- Barack Obama's healthcare reform will benefit Puerto Rico with $6.6 billion more than the $4.8 expected for Medicaid between 2011 and 2019. After the healthcare bill passed on March 21, Puerto Rico began to look at the next decade which will be crucial...

  • New AARP report underscores the value of family to Latinos, even in a bad economy

    LatinaLista -- It's been reported that Latinos have been disproportionately affected by the nation's recession more than other groups. Well, a new study jointly released by AARP and the National Hispana Leadership Institute reveals just exactly who among Latinos is bearing the brunt of the poor economy -- and why. According to...

  • While nation obsesses over “eating healthy,” little thought spared for farmworkers’ hardships

    LatinaLista -- Eating healthy is all the rage these days in light of the exploding rates of obesity occurring across the nation. As anyone knows, eating healthy doesn't just mean throwing less salt on our mashed potatoes or ripping open one less packet of sugar or even choosing foods whose labels tout...

  • GOP’s opposition to healthcare underscores party’s disconnect with low-income Latinos, blacks and whites

    LatinaLista -- A strange little press conference was held this afternoon in the Senate Print Gallery on Capitol Hill. It was led by Senator Carl Levin, Chair of the Armed Services Committee and Senator Claire McCaskill, Chair of the Subcommittee on Contracting Oversight. These two senators were meeting with the press to...

  • New healthcare law finally makes all Americans equal

    LatinaLista -- The signing into law of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act by President Obama is a good thing -- because for the first time in our nation's history there is a law that makes all Americans truly equal. Equal in the sense that no one, either because of a...

  • Too many global communities still lack access to clean water or basic sanitation

    LatinaLista -- It's being reported by relief workers in Haiti that the lack of clean water and proper sewage could prove to be even more devastating than the initial earthquake. The lack of both of these essentials could cause widespread disease that could kill hundreds. Unfortunately, Haiti isn't the only place on...

  • Haiti: A Promise Made, a Promise Kept

    By Crystal Wells If I remember but one face of Haiti, it will be that of four year-old Ornesto, with his big eyes and a nose that crinkles when he laughs. He is small and delicate, with a frame more like a child half his age, and a warm, rambunctious personality. Beyond...

  • Unique Bridal March hits Miami Beach to raise awareness of domestic violence

    LatinaLista -- On St. Patrick's Day, visitors to Miami Beach for Spring Break, are bound to do a double-take. Instead of seeing bikini-clad women, with maybe a hint of something green, they'll be seeing a parade of women dressed in white from head-to-toe, wearing wedding veils and carrying signs as part of...

  • Spotlight Non-profit: Casa de los Niños keeps children safe from child abuse

    LatinaLista -- Child abuse seems to be in the headlines more and more every day. Whether it's due to parents under stress from a bad economy or the fact that some people have no business being parents, the bottom line is that there are children, from infants to teens, who find themselves...

  • Mexican-American seniors at high risk for glaucoma

    LatinaLista -- This week is being globally recognized as World Glaucoma Week. Called the "silent disease," glaucoma affects almost 70 million people worldwide and 2.2 million in the United States. Of that U.S. population, Mexican-Americans over age 60 are at a higher risk for contracting the disease and eventually losing their eyesight....

  • Spotlight Non-profit: Creating a place in society for Hispanic elderly

    LatinaLista--According to the U.S. Census, thirteen percent of the total population is 65 years and older, with Latino elderly comprising six percent of that total population. Latinos are touted as the fastest growing ethnic group in the nation. The National Hispanic Council on Aging projects that by 2030 the Hispanic elderly will...

  • Latinas and black women contract AIDS more from sexual networks and less through risky behaviors

    LatinaLista -- Once upon a time, AIDS/HIV was considered as dangerous, contagious and prevalent as the H1N1 virus. There used to be massive public service campaign commercials instructing people on how to avoid getting infected with HIV. A month didn't go by that AIDS/HIV wasn't mentioned in the news or the subject...

  • Dr. Paloma Pina: Looking back on two weeks in Haiti

    LatinaLista — I had the chance to volunteer in Haiti for the past 2 weeks with International Medical Corps. Today my journey in Haiti has ended and it is just now that I have the time to think about what really this experience meant to me. Now I'm back to reality or...

  • President’s health summit illustrates the disconnect some in Congress have with the poor

    LatinaLista — For some reason, the United Kingdom newspaper, the Guardian, is running a two-day poll on their online site asking their readers to vote on who gave the "best performance" in President Obama's healthcare summit today. So far, Democrats are outpacing Republicans. Last I checked, and the poll counts the results...

  • Latina Lista launches “Haiti Reports” to honor ongoing Haitian relief efforts

    LatinaLista When the world first learned about the devastating earthquake in Haiti last month, the news reports of the destruction, suffering and loss of life couldn't come quickly or often enough. For a couple of weeks, people were glued to their television sets or clicking through photos online of what was happening...

  • When it comes to Latina teen pregnancies, California’s doing something right

    LatinaLista Something good is happening in California. For a state more accustomed to bad news -- a broke state economy, a slashing of public services, an increase in health premiums by the state's largest health insurer, rising college tuition rates, escalating home foreclosures, crime, etc. -- today's news that the state's Latina...

  • Avon survey finds uninsured women victims of new breast cancer screening recommendations

    LatinaLista Remember when the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) released their controversial recommendations last November for how often women should be screened for breast cancer? They recommended against routine mammography screening for women aged 40 to 49 years and recommended screening every other year between the ages of 50 and 74...

  • Latina boxer creates a get-fit routine that packs a punch!

    By Jo Ann Hernandez LatinaLista — Two-time WBC boxing champion Mia Rosales- St. John is one of the most famous and popular competitors in women's boxing today. Now, in her first book, The Knockout Workout: 3 Winning Steps to Improve Your Body and Your Life, Mia reveals how she overcame racism, alcoholism and...

  • Relief workers in Haiti say the need is getting greater for help and supplies

    LatinaLista In the days after the Haiti earthquake when the world was gripped with the need to know news -- any news -- of conditions in Haiti, Latina Lista was contacted by the International Medical Corps in the hopes that we could help spread the word that they needed donations badly to...

  • USA: A way out for undocumented victims of domestic violence

    By Almudena Toral LatinaLista NEW YORK CITY -- Graciela Beines is a survivor. She arrived in the United States from Argentina 10 years ago. She was undocumented, unmarried, had no children in the country and barely spoke English. In 2002, Beines, 50, was victim of brutal domestic violence. Many undocumented women like...

  • Guest Voz: Remembering that the greatest Valentine gift is a healthy heart

    By Ada M. Alvarez LatinaLista Ada M. Alvarez is a Board Member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and has a Masters in Science in Investigative Mass Communications from Florida International University. She is 23-years-old and was born in Puerto Rico where she got a BA in Journalism and a minor...

  • Research finds immigration enforcement exacts a hefty toll on children of the undocumented

    LatinaLista — One aspect of illegal immigration that doesn't get the coverage it deserves, but for many immigrant advocates is the heart and soul of the push for Comprehensive Immigration Reform, is what happens to the children of undocumented immigrants. On February 4, the Urban Institute released the study Facing Our Future:...

  • Mexico: Natural disaster floods poor area of Mexico City with sewage due to common government negligence

    By Anahi Parra LatinaLista   CHALCO, MEXICO -- Last Friday at 1:30 in the morning, an unexpected roar woke hundreds of families in a section of Mexico City known as Chalco. After a few seconds, the horror of the roar soon registered with the sleepy residents who saw their houses being flooded...

  • First Lady pushes the nation to get moving on combating childhood obesity

    LatinaLista -- Childhood obesity is a BIG problem in the Latino community that is only getting worse. The severity of the problem was underscored this morning with President Obama signing a presidential memorandum establishing the first-ever government-wide Task Force on Childhood Obesity. In hand with that task force is a newly launched...

  • Study on obesity rates in pre-schoolers doesn’t take into account cultural nuances of Latino culture

    LatinaLista-- When it comes to childhood obesity, Latino children, unfortunately, are winning this race. Weight gain in Latino children has long been associated with not eating healthy -- in low-income, urban settings actual grocery stores can be a rare commodity; not getting enough exercise -- attributed to the fact that these same...