Meet our team – Kitty Quintanilla is going to med school!!

Our research coordinator, Kitty Quintanilla, has been accepted into medical school. She has been one of the Centro SOL research coordinators since 2016. Kitty will start school in summer 2017! Join us to congratulate Kitty on her way to her new adventure! Felicidades Kitty! 1. Tell me your full name Kassandra Pamela Quintanilla 2. Something about your family (where they are from) that you want to share My family is from El Salvador and they came here to escape the Salvadoran Civil War in the 1980s. Neither of them have much education, but they worked very very hard to take care … Continue reading

Annual Health Fair

Since 2015, Centro SOL has hosted an annual health fair early in the year, to kick off healthy resolutions for our families. In 2017, the annual health fair has the “health resources for all” (recursos de salud para todos) theme, to empower the community to utilize existing resources and to prevent conditions like diabetes or hypertension. In response to the growing Latino population in the Bayview/Greektown/Highlandtown and Dundalk areas, the health fair will take place at John Ruhrah Elementary/Middle School. With the strongest support of The Judy Center at John Ruhrah and the Community School Coordinator Office. We are thankful … Continue reading

New team member – Luke Silverman-Lloyd

Este otoño se acaba de unir al equipo Luke, original de Los Angeles, comprometido en trabajar y apoyar a la comunidad Latina en Baltimore y aspirante a convertirse en médico. This fall we have a new member at Centro SOL, Luke, from Los Angeles, committed to work and support the Latino community in Baltimore, and future doctor. Hi – my name is Luke Silverman-Lloyd and I am very excited to join the wonderful team here at Centro SOL! I am from Los Angeles originally but went to school at Washington University in St. Louis, where I graduated this past May … Continue reading

New team member – Kassandra Quintanilla

Este verano se unió al equipo de Centro SOL, Kassandra Quintanilla, esta joven Latina original de Maryland se graduó en Biología en la Universidad de Johns Hopkins y ahora está preparando su acceso a la escuela de medicina. This past summer, we received a new team member, Kassandra Quintanilla, this young Latina original from Maryland, graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology, and now she is preparing her path to medicine. Hi! My name is Kassandra Quintanilla, but I like to be called Kitty. I’m 22 years old, and my family is Salvadoran.  I’m here … Continue reading

4 Things I have learned about Testimonios

At Centro SOL, we are proud and glad to work with amazing individuals who are committed to improve the lives of Latinos. Read this blog post by Alizay Jalisi, Johns Hopkins Student who is collaborating in the “evaluation of Testimonios” project with Dr. Kathleen Page, MD, Centro SOL coDirector, and co-chair of Testimonios. Last May, the Testimonios community welcomed me to its weekly meetings, and I have been going back ever since. My Name is Alizay Jalisi and I am undergraduate student at Johns Hopkins University, majoring Molecular & Cellular Biology and Spanish. I became involved with Testimonios last year … Continue reading

Global Health TIME Course – LFAB

It is becoming a tradition, the Latino Family Advisory Board advisors are invited to the Global Health TIME course each year. The goal is to provide an thourough insight about healthcare access for Latinos, and immigrants in general, in Baltimore city. Our “consejeras” Maura and Catalina, were part of the 2016 panel on 2/23, along with Dr. Kathleen Page – Centro SOL co-Director, Flor Giusti – Social Worker at the Children’s Medical Practice at Johns Hopkins Bayview, Patricia Letke – Physician Assistant, Care-A-Van, and Doris Valenzuela Araujo – Research Assistant at Centro SOL.

Centro SOL Seminar – learn how to engage patients in research, a focus on Latinos

Centro SOL presents In collaboration with the Latino Public Health Network Seminar “Engaging Limited English Proficiency Patients in Research: A Focus on Latino Immigrants” Featuring Dr. Lisa Ross DeCamp, MD, MSPH Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins University, Centro SOL and the Center for Child and Community Health Research. Registration form When: February 8th 12-1:15pm Where: Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health W4030 615 N. Wolfe St. Baltimore, MD 21205 Goal: Dr. DeCamp will address the inclusion of limited English proficiency participants in research studies, from design to recruitment to implementation Audience: This seminar is intended for graduate students, and faculty from all Johns Hopkins … Continue reading

Latino Family Advisory Board (Consejo de Familias Latinas)

The Latino Family Advisory Board (LFAB) has been very active since its creation four years ago. The board follows a unique model, not only working on research, but also strengthening community-building, and promoting cultural competency among Johns Hopkins staff. Two manuscripts have been released at the end of 2015, highlighting this program, the model, and the outcomes. We invite you to check them out: First one titled Engagement of Limited English Proficient Latino Families: Lessons Learned from Advisory Board Development published in the Prog Community Health Partnership Journal. Second article Voice and a Vote: The Advisory Board Experiences of Spanish-Speaking Latina Mothers published in the … Continue reading

Salud al Día (Up-to-date health)

Lea este artículo en español. The Latino Family Advisory Board is composed of Spanish-speaking families from the community who are dedicated to helping promote and create better health services for Latino families. When asked about areas for improvement, community board members identified a great need for helping Latino families navigate the healthcare system. Members suggested that a good way to achieve this goal would be through providing families with a text messaging support system. Inspired by the members’ ideas, Dr. Lisa DeCamp, MD, Children’s Medical Practice, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, developed a project to address these needs. The project … Continue reading

Taller sobre Memoria / Memory Workshop

Loyola Medical Center in Maywood Illinois studies show that approximately 200,000 persons are suffering from Alzheimer’s disease (AD) in the State of Illinois. AD represents 60% of the cause of dementia identified in the Latino community. Onset on AD in the Latino community occurs up to five years early than in the white population. To see a real lasting change in the awareness of AD and, how people in the Latino community perceive it, LAMDA will offer 800 memory tests in Spanish through its principles collaborators to anyone concerned about memory loss or experiencing warning signs of dementia in Chicago, … Continue reading