(video) DACA: At the Crossroads of Advocacy, Equity, and Health

Oct. 6 – The Health Advocacy Workgroup at Centro SOL and the Office of Public Health Practice and Training at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health presented this event to discuss history of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and how it impacts Baltimore, immigration and human rights, and the impact that immigration status has on health. The goal was to educate and to empower professionals who may come across temporary status holders to take action in supporting them. Watch below the full panel presentation featuring: George Escobar, Senior Director, Human Services, CASA de Maryland Leonard Rubenstein, JD, Director of … Continue reading

Latinos en América después de las elecciones – Foro

As part of the Forum about Race presented by Johns Hopkins University, on November 30, 2016, professionals serving Latinos in Baltimore came together to discuss what it looks the present the the future after the election. The original version in English of this article can be accessed at http://hub.jhu.edu/2016/12/01/latinos-in-america-post-election/. La versión en español se encuentra debajo de la imagen.   Panelistas exploran la identidad Latina, y sus retos en los Estados Unidos después de la elección Por Katie Pearce —– ¿Cómo se sienten los Latinos después de la elección? Un panel de profesionales que sirven a la población Latina se reunieron … Continue reading

National Volunteer Week

April 20.- The SOURCE group at Johns Hopkins, that dedicates to work with students and community organizations for a better Baltimore, recognized the work made by our Bienestar student group. Congratulations! ¡Felicidades! We would like to give a heartfelt thanks to our volunteers who with profound dedication help us achieve our mission, Queremos dar las gracias de corazón a todos nuestros voluntarios que con profunda dedicación nos ayudan a trabajar por nuestra misión, promover igualdad y oportunidad para los Latinos en asociación con Johns Hopkins y nuestros vecinos.  

BCPS CEO April Letter – Carta del Director Ejecutivo de Escuelas de Baltimore

April 22, 2016 Dear City Schools Students, Families, Community Members, and Friends, The end of April marks the one-year anniversary of the unrest following Freddie Gray’s death. It will be a challenging time for Baltimore. I am writing to share with you the resources we will have in place to support students and staff and the changes the district has made to help students learn from last April’s events. The safety and well-being of our students and staff is, and always will be, our primary concern. Social workers and mental health professionals are available at every school for students who … Continue reading

Response to deportations – Respuesta a las deportaciones

Aquí encontrará algunas respuestas, eventos, y comentarios a la reciente medida sobre inmigración que afecta a familias y comunidades latinas. Here you will find responses, events, and comments about the recent immigration measures affecting Latino families and communities. Apoyo a la comunidad inmigrante de Montgomery County Government​: Queremos que todos los miembros de nuestra comunidad sepan que son libres de realizar su vida diaria, asistir a la escuela y al trabajo, a las agencias de servicios sociales, hospitales y clínicas médicas, organizaciones comunitarias y edificios públicos, al igual que supermercados y otras áreas comerciales. Lea todo la comunicación haciendo clic aquí … Continue reading

Embajadores de Salud improving the health of Latino families

Our Embajadores de Salud program is committed to educate and improve the community well-being. The program started as a series of lectures back in 2013 with a handful of people. Today, the program has several components including Yo Puedo, a wellness program based on health education and physical activity, Charlas en la comunidad, that provides lectures around health topics of interest for the Latino community, and Summer Lectures, a condensed series of lectures on health topics offered by doctors and Hopkins students, during the summer, hosted in a faith based organization. The program counts with more than 40 consistent Spanish-speaking participants, and … Continue reading

Baltimore Corps Fellow at Centro SOL: Isabel Fernandez

We are delighted to be a Baltimore Corps Visionary Cause Leader, thanks to the leadership and hard-work of our co-Director Dr. Sarah Polk. Centro SOL has joined a list of organizations “building solutions to Baltimore’s most pressing challenges”. Isabel Fernandez Abaunza, Baltimore Corps Fellow, has joined us to support our mission, and strengthen the work that is being done by the Health Policy Workgroup at Centro SOL, in partnership with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and other organizations, working to improve healthcare access for Latinos. I was born in Guadalajara, México and I have dedicated my life … Continue reading

Charlas de Verano – Summer talks about health – closing session

During the last session of summer, we had the opportunity to talk about Caregivers (Cuidadores), focused on people who care older adults. Linda Stewart from the Caregiver Initiative at Johns Hopkins Bayview talked to our participants about how to consider a caregiver, what resources caregivers can find at Bayview. Dr. Rachel Kruzan, physician of Internal Medicine, and Monica Guerrero Vazquez Program Coordinator of Centro SOL, had the opportunity to talk with the community and get some insightful thoughts about the importance of these type of programs, where they “learn to help their community”. Thank you to all participants for their commitment to their … Continue reading

Charlas de verano – Summer talks about health

The importance of personal hygiene, how to make if part of our daily life, how to involve our children in good personal hygiene habits, are some of the topics presented by Michael Melgar, and Jack Silberstein during the STDs, and Personal Hygiene sessions of the summer lectures. In addition, Dr. Martha Velez, and Dr. Lisa DeCamp, both pediatricians at Johns Hopkins Bayview, answered questions related to children. Growth and development of a child are two different concepts, do you know the difference? Does my child needs a flu vaccine? How do I know if my child is having an asthma attack? … Continue reading

Charlas de verano salud – Summer talks about health

What is hypertension? how do I know I have diabetes? what can I do to prevent heart disease? What is too much alcohol? when do I know that I am an addict? what is mental health? where can I find support? Dr. Marcelo Batkis and Donna Batkis talked to our community about mental health and substance abuse, and Drew White, talked about diabetes and cardiovascular disease in the two first sessions of the summer lectures of Embajadores de Salud, answering these and other questions. ¿Quiere aprender sobre temas de salud, cómo conocer los riesgos, cómo prevenir, y dónde encontrar algunos … Continue reading