Health Advocacy

The LULAC National Office works to influence the enactment of policies and legislation that increase access to and improves the quality of medical services for Hispanics in the United States and Puerto Rico. Through advocacy and community education programs, LULAC places an emphasis on diseases disproportionately affecting Latinos, such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, asthma, childhood obesity and HIV/AIDS.

HIV/AIDS

Recent Events

On December 3, 2013 LULAC held conference call to discuss various health issues impacting Latino communities. Topics ranged from the Affordable Care Act updates, new initiatives from the Department of Health and Human Services and LULAC's on going work with SNAP and antibiotics. You can read highlights of the conversation here.

Health Care in our Community

YOUNG, BROKE AND HEALTHY: WHY YOUNG ADULTS WILL DETERMINE THE FUTURE OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT

As the Affordable Care Act enters its last stages of implementation Young Adults have become a key demographic for health officials. With almost 15 million young adults being uninsured—nearly one in three of all uninsured Americans—it is imperative those between the ages of 19-25 become engaged in the enrollment process and establish the foundation for the preventative health care base system the legislation aims for.

EMPLOYER MANDATE

The employer mandate portion of the Affordable Care Act stipulates that any company with over 50 employees must provide insurance to employees working 30 or more hours a week. This past July the Administration delayed the mandate until January 2015. What does that mean for Business and Latinos?

SNAP & THE FARM BILL

Although SNAP makes a series of serious benefits to the American population, it is not without it critics. Some critics of SNAP say that its participants are obviously eating enough as many of them are overweight or obese and therefore do not need federal funding to assist them. Unfortunately, the converse is true as the tendency of America’s working poor to be overweight directly related to a lack of funds, not an excess of them.

Super Madres! Promoting Human Health

Now in partnership with the Pew Charitable Trusts, LULAC has launched the Super Madres campaign which will raise awareness and promote advocacy around the injudicious use of antibiotics in animal food production driven by the increasing awareness of antibiotic resistance and its link to food animal production practices.

Visit LULAC's Super Madres Campaign Here!

Visit LULAC's Super Madres Campaign Here!

Click here to learn more about the issue and find out how to get involved, including singing our online petition!

84th National Convention

During the 84th National Convention LULAC featured three different workshops on healthy living to engage our membership and community into healthy lifestyles. These workshops included:

Real-life Super bugs: Antibiotic Resistance

As a part of LULAC’s Latinos Living Healthy Initiative and our Super Madres Campaign, a series of expert panelists discussed efforts to improve policy that protects the public’s health and raises awareness about individual protection. LULAC youth attendees then watched Contagion, a Hollywood thriller about the spread of a deadly disease and an international team of doctors hired by the CDC to deal with the outbreak. The purpose of the session was to teach young LULAC members about the important differences between viral illnesses and bacterial infections, how food safety can help protect them from disease, and how LULAC’s Super Madres campaign is working to protect them at the national level by supporting the Food and Drug Administration’s and Congress’ efforts to curb antibiotic overuse.

Community Health: Where You Live Matters

The community one lives in has a startling effect on how easily one can maintain a healthy lifestyle by making healthy life choices. Resources as basic as the ability to find healthy foods at reasonable prices, access to safe places to exercise and local weather patterns dictate many of our daily choices. Traci Traasdahl and Bryan O’Farrell from the Clark County School District described how they coordinated a walk to school program which allowed their students to get to school safely while exercising. Angelica Quiroz from Springs Reserve which is located in Nevada noted that even in harsh climates most local governments strive to provide some form of Community Park for their constituents. Finally, Tres Bailey, the Director of Agriculture and Food for Wal-Mart, notes how Wal-Mart has been actively working toward providing healthy foods for their consumers through their “Great For You” label and by cutting down on the sodium and trans-fats that can be found in the foods they sell.

 Latinos Living Healthy Town Hall

 In line with the Latinos Living Healthy Initiative this panel contributed to our efforts to grow a grass-roots awareness of the key processes and timelines for the application of the ACA. This town hall forum provided broad information and guidance to LULAC advocates and community leaders around the importance of Latino participation in the new health care system. The Latinos Living Healthy Town Hall drew from the expertise of key speakers from AARP and Health and Human Services and fostered meaningful discussion on how advocates from the local to the federal level can help ensure that Latinos benefit from the new law and that our communities continue to build upon this progress to advance health equity for all Americans.

2013 LULAC National Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada Thursday, June 20, 2013; duration 25 mins. Special Remarks by: Dr. J. Nadine Gracia, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health & Director, Office of Minority Health, HHS Moderator: Ms. Vanessa Gonzalez-Plumhoff, Director of Latino Leadership and Engagement, Planned Parenthood Federation of America Presenters: Ms. Teresa Niño, Director, Office of Public Engagement, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, HHS; Ms. Mayra Alvarez, Director of Public Health Policy, Office of Health Reform, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

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