• Spotlight Nonprofit: Moving the conversation of childhood cancer outside cancer community

    LatinaLista -- Cancer kills children more than cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy, asthma and AIDS combined. Cancer is the most common cause of death by disease for children and adolescents in the United States. It's a reality that the Cruse family of North Texas knows only too well. In 2009, eight-year-old Connor Cruse...

  • White House launches site combatting high rates of date rape and sex assaults against young women

    LatinaLista -- Today is the 17th anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). The legislation was supposed to empower women, who were victims of violence, to know they didn't have to tolerate the abuse they were receiving from the men in their lives. Abuse that left them with black eyes, bruises,...

  • Guest Voz: President Obama puts Latino children at risk with clean air sabotage

    Latina Lista -- President Obama surprised many when he reversed course on stopping the EPA from enforcing tougher smog standards. Environmentalists were outraged and according to today's Guest Voz contributor, Adrianna Quintero, so should be the Latino community. Quintero is an environmental advisor of Voces Verdes, a Latino green coalition. In the...

  • Nonprofit Spotlight: Giving hope, love and attention to end-of-life patients

    LatinaLista -- In the Latino culture, the notion that any member of our families would die alone is such a foreign concept that we don't give it a second thought. Unfortunately, when it comes to terminally ill, indigent people, who have no extended family, the prospect of dying alone isn't just inevitable,...

  • Commentary: Diabetes in the U.S. Latino community

    By Mona Alvarado Frazier Amigos805.com Last week I shared a family incident, which many people said they identified with on two levels. One was the "Sandwich Generation," which I also call the "Quesadilla Generation," because I often feel like sticky queso pulled between two big tortillas. And the other identification is that...

  • Spotlight Nonprofit: Standing up for homeless and street kids

    LatinaLista -- It's reported that 1.5 million children are homeless in this country. Thirteen kids die on the street every day from abuse, disease and suicide. Kids are running away at the rate of one every minute. In every classroom of thirty-five kids, seven of them will run away before they are...

  • Oklahoma ranks 7th in obesity rate among adults

    Juan Miret Hispano de Tulsa TULSA, Oklahoma - Oklahoma has the seventh highest rate of obesity in adults among the 50 states, according to a report from the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Oklahoma's obesity rate is listed at 31.4 percent. Results of the report, "How Obesity...

  • Local doctor recognized for his commitment to Latino health care

    By Pablo Jaime Sáinz La Prensa San Diego SAN DIEGO -- As soon as he decided to become a doctor during college, Raul Trejo knew he wanted to come back to the South Bay and contribute his skills and passion for health with his community. "I always had that idea, always had...

  • Teaching teens that digital dating abuse is “not cool”

    LatinaLista -- A teenager's life has always been tough. There have always been bullies, "mean girls," that one special guy or girl that gave you butterflies in your stomach, and for some teen girls that one guy who professed his love like Romeo but acted more like Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler....

  • Spotlight Nonprofit: Connecting children with healthy eating in “bite-sized” lessons

    LatinaLista -- There are two parts of the battle against childhood obesity -- teaching children and their families which foods are healthy to eat and how to cook healthy foods. It's the second part that is proving more difficult in slimming waistlines. Most people have a pretty good idea which foods aren't...

  • Latinas have much to gain with free access to birth control

    LatinaLista -- It used to be there were two things Latinas never discussed -- sex and birth control. A culture rooted so deeply in Christianity preferred to see sex as a necessary practice in fulfilling God's commandments, with no confession of actually enjoying it. Since the end goal was always to get...

  • Diabetes affects thousands in El Paso, but the Diabetes Association is on their side

    By Daniel Ornelas Borderzine EL PASO -- Health is an issue people push aside until it finally becomes an issue and the main health issue in this border city is diabetes. El Paso has long been considered one of the unhealthiest cities in the entire country, ranking as high as number one...

  • “Care Crisis” campaign includes putting immigrant caregivers on path to citizenship

    LatinaLista -- The ongoing fight in Congress over whether or not to raise the nation's debt ceiling centers on just how much sacrifice should be inflicted on some of the most vulnerable people in this nation -- namely, senior citizens and people with disabilities. To help ensure that these two groups don't suffer...

  • Promoting healthy eating from the ground up in Little Village’s Hispanic community

    by Claire Thompson, trad. Víctor Flores Extra News CHICAGO -- Late on a rainy Wednesday morning, a half dozen of Catalina Martinez' friends, neighbors and fellow mothers trickled into the kitchen of her Little Village house to catch up over chicken salad sandwiches. They clamored for copies of the recipe, which called...

  • New health surveys will get to the root of Latino identity

    LatinaLista -- Every Latino knows that not all Latinos are the same. Some of us eat pinto beans, others eat black beans. Some eat tortillas and other eat plantains. For some, tequila is the liquor of choice and for others, it's rum. Now, the government is finally understanding that there are problems...

  • Veto of Fair Treatment for Farm Workers Act isn’t fair to Latino farmworkers

    LatinaLista -- Time and time again over the last few years, we have seen how politics trumps common sense and common decency when it comes to protecting the most vulnerable in the nation. It has happened again. Last night, California Gov. Jerry Brown ignored the pleas of farm workers and their families...

  • New report shows life expectancy falling for women in the United States

    LatinaLista -- A new report about life expectancies of Americans reveals a deeply disturbing picture, especially for women. Women are now, overall, worse off than men in the number of years they can expect to live and for those who live in North Texas, the Deep South and Appalachia, the prospect of...

  • Merrimack Valley YMCA announces new health & wellness program for Latino families

    Rumbo News LAWRENCE, MA -- The Merrimack Valley YMCA was recently awarded a grant through a partnership with the National Latino Children's Institute and the YMCA of the USA to extend healthy lifestyles outreach to families in the greater Lawrence community. The grant will allow the Y to launch a new program...

  • New report breaks Latina stereotype opinions about sexual health issues

    LatinaLista -- There's probably no group more stereotyped than Latinas. The funny thing is that not all the stereotypes are the same. There's the image of the submissive Latina who divides her time between jumping to (literally) serve any man who comes into her home and the church. Then there's the image...

  • Guest Voz: It’s time for Latinos to rally to the defense of Head Start

    LatinaLista -- The nation's budget deficit is serious business. Nobody can argue that. Yet, the fact that some in Congress are arguing that the poor and children of color can most afford cuts or eliminations of programs that don't just provide a service but directly impact their fragile quality of life versus...

  • Spotlight Nonprofit: Replacing bruises with a “ROSE”

    LatinaLista -- One of the worst times in a woman or young girl's life is when she feels "beaten" down, physically and emotionally, by the man in her life to whom she's professed her most personal gift -- her love. Unfortunately, this feeling goes beyond breaking up with someone, it's all about...

  • Latino teens at higher risk of hearing loss among peers because of one (bad) habit

    LatinaLista -- What teenager doesn't like to crank up the music? If the music is on the car radio or bedroom stereo, it's not too big a deal because there's most often someone around either yelling to turn it down or casting enough bad looks their way that eventually they get the...

  • United Farm Workers asks nation to sign petition supporting Fair Treatment for Farm Workers Act

    LatinaLista -- One of the least contentious elements being proposed as part of a larger immigration reform package has to do with creating a guest worker program to serve the agricultural industry. The reasoning is that such a program would provide more security to undocumented farm workers who are subject to an...

  • An American ex-pat creates Mexico’s first-ever public forum addressing men’s health

    LatinaLista -- A 2009 study on how well men take care of their health found that the more macho the man, the less likely he was to seek out preventative health-care services. According to the study: Men with a strong sense of masculinity are about 50% less likely than their not-so-macho peers to...

  • The sad, mysterious and predictable murder of Evelia Valencia

    LatinaLista -- Evelia Villa Valencia was a 29-year-old mother of three when her eldest, an 11-year-old, made the gruesome discovery after school, on May 23, 2011, of his mother's lifeless body. She had been strangled in the bedroom of the family's apartment in Arlington, Texas -- she was still holding on to...