10 reasons to be a volunteer -Testimonios

We are excited to start planning the round 2 of Testimonios. We started 6 months ago without any clue what would happen after that time, but time is here, and we are moving forward. To learn more about Testimonios you can read the page describing the program. Here we can tell you that the group started in May this year, and has been reinforced as community and professionals met. The group is facilitated by JHU psychiatrists, psychologists and social workers. The help for our Latino neighbors has been tremendous, because the mental health service in Spanish is a huge need and … Continue reading

5 reasons to join our Heart Walk team

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10/8/2014 The Walk has been rescheduled to Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014, 10am. Yes, we have a team for the Heart Walk! The EmbajadoresdeSaludYoPuedo team. http://heartwalk.kintera.org/baltimore/embajadoresdesaludyopuedo Join us, support us and support the American Heart Association! And if you need them, here the reasons to join us: 1. Great things happen if we work as a community! The Embajadores de Salud Yo Puedo program started this year, as an effort to improve health of our community, particularly the underinsured population, through education and exercise. From Johns Hopkins: students, faculty and staff have supported this effort by sharing their knowledge, preparing workouts … Continue reading

Hispanic Heritage Month celebration


Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30 day period. Source: http://hispanicheritagemonth.gov/ Celebrate with … Continue reading

Embajadores de Salud – clossing session

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Embajadores de Salud Summer Lectures was a great success: 6 weeks, 10 topics about health, 15 participants, 11 presenters-faculty, resident, med student and staff from Johns Hopkins-, 2 volunteers, 1 coordinator, 6+ children. Dr. Hale, Director of the Healthy Communities Partnership and Dr. Polk, co-Director of Centro SOL, along with participants made the closing session a memorable one. There is nothing that as a Community we cannot achieve. For your support, participation, interest and commitment, THANK YOU.

Races, walks and health

Embajadores de Salud Yo Puedo

Español Embajadores de Salud is a lay health educational program. It has existed for several years provided to the Baltimore community in English. Thanks to the vision of a Third-year resident at Bayview and the support of Medicine to the Greater Good-MGG- in summer 2013 Embajadores de Salud started with 8 weeks-lectures in Spanish, provided by Hopkins faculty. The pilot had a great acceptance in the community in partnership with Hopkins and local organizations and community advocates. The closing session of the summer program was Mueveton 2013, which was a recruiting opportunity for upcoming ideas. With the support of medical students organizations like Bienestar and … Continue reading

Back to school event!

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Familias/Families visited Centro SOL for their first time. In one word, adventurous! If you have been to the Bayview campus, and haven’t visited Centro SOL yet, please do so! And try to make it without getting lost! Thank you to the families for their patience and for visiting us! More than 160 kids received their backpack with supplies, as a help to start the new school year! An important issue that was raised, apart from the evident difficulty to find the office, is the language access. Centro SOL is leading team efforts to make healthcare cultural competent, so anyone can access care … Continue reading

Embajadores de Salud – summer lectures

I am afraid, now that I know. But that knowledge is helping me to protect my family and work together to prevent diseases like diabetes or hypertension. – Gabriela According to the 2010 U.S. Census, 25,960 Latinos live in Baltimore city. Centro SOL focuses on the health of Latinos, many of whom have limited access to healthcare. Centro SOL is committed to promote equity in health and opportunity for Latinos at Johns Hopkins and beyond in partnership with Hopkins faculty, students, staff and groups like the Healthy Community Partnership, and community organizations and advocates. Thanks to supporters, presenters and community for their commitment. … Continue reading

Youth Summer Program – “Interpreting is more of what I thought”

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We think that the best way to evaluate this experience is by asking our participants. Read the first week summary they wrote, if you haven’t done so. Here you can read what our scholars think about professional interpreting, and their life-changing experience. Get yourself surprised and learn from these outstanding students! The interpreters are amazing and dynamic team. They share a bond that even long-time friends have difficulty keeping. [..] Not only did they show us new ways to interact with people but they have showed us that life should be lived to the fullest because not everyone has the pleasure … Continue reading

First Week of Youth Summer Program

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So we asked the scholars to tell us about how they saw their first week of this journey. And they already use “life-changing experience”, “inspired”, “dream”, and “college”…Yes! We are changing lives! Read here their summary! Monday July 7, 2014 The students at the Youth Summer Program had their first day of work. It was very exciting and nerve-wrecking for the students because for most of them it was their first “job”. The students spent the day with Monica Guerrero- Vazquez. They spent the day getting a feel of what is to come in the next few weeks. They walked around the campus … Continue reading

Nosotros podemos! We can!

As the Embajadores get ready for their first 5K, the motivation and energy grow. Drew have the team jogging, jumping, power-walking and of course enjoying. Committed to improve their health, these moms, women, dads, volunteers and their children share time as community. Teresa runs from her house with their three boys full of energy every Saturday morning for the trainings as she shares her challenge “Fíjese que estos chicos quieren quedarse viendo la tele” And 90 minutes later the proud team ends the almost 2 miles of workouts, as they celebrate in one voice: Nosotros podemos! Join us, every Saturday 9am at … Continue reading