The Latina Guide to Health: Consejos and Caring Answers (La guia de salud: consejos y respuestas para la mujer Latina) features cutting-edge information as well as "consejos" (conversational advice) throughout. It includes steps for leading a healthier life, themes for raising healthy children, and tools for tracking and monitoring health. The guide is written by one of the leading authorities on Latino health and is available in English and Spanish versions (Newmarket Press, New York, January 2010). The guide includes a section of "Health facts" on topics of special concern to Latinas from alcoholism and asthma to depression, diabetes, lupus, and sexually transmitted diseases, as well as website resources. Complimentary copies of the guide are being distributed by 100 Hispanic community-based agencies for use in their health promotion programs.
La Línea Nacional Prenatal Hispana, The National Hispanic Prenatal Helpline (1-800-504-7081)
The National Hispanic Prenatal Helpline (NHPH) focuses on addressing barriers to receiving prenatal care services among Hispanics by providing access to culturally- and linguistically-proficient services and information. The NHPH conducts activities geared to provide public information and education on a national level. The NHPH aims to raise awareness concerning the problems of infant mortality, to promote healthy behaviors, and to motivate all women to enter prenatal care early in their pregnancy. Hispanic consumers call from anywhere in the nation and by providing their zip code to our bilingual health promotion advisors, they can receive a referral from over 4,000 prenatal care providers in their community. A comprehensive bilingual prenatal guide Atención prenatal temprana y periódica – Guía para tener un bebé saludable (Early and Regular Prenatal Care – Helping You Have a Healthy Baby) is available free to consumers and providers and health departments. In addition, numerous fact sheets are available on all aspects of prenatal care. The NHPH is funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration.
Su Familia: The National Hispanic Family Health Helpline (1-866- SU FAMILIA or 1-866-783-2645)
Su Familia offers Hispanic consumers free reliable and confidential health information in Spanish and English and helps navigate callers through the health system. Nationwide resources and local referral services are provided depending on the need of the caller. Staffed by bilingual health promotion advisors, the helpline provides basic information on a wide range of health topics. Using zip code information to search a database of over 18,000+ providers, health promotion advisors are able to refer consumers to health care facilities in their community. To provide consumers with culturally-proficient health information, health fact sheets have been developed on a wide array of health topics, including: infant mortality; cancer and cancer treatment; cardiovascular disease; child and adult immunizations; diabetes; HIV/AIDS; Parkinson’s disease, hypertension, MRSA, autism, mental health, and H1N1. Health fact sheets are available for download in English and Spanish <http://www.hispanichealth.org/resource/healthfact.aspx>.
¡Vive tu vida! Get Up! Get Moving!®
This is the Alliance’s national healthy lifestyle initiative. The annual family health celebration promotes physical activity, strengthening families, and community opportunities. The focus of the GUGM initiative is on making movement a part of our daily lives for people of all ages and all sizes. Leading Hispanic community-based organizations organize these annual family health celebrations. Events for 2011 will take place in 10 communities throughout the summer and fall across the country. Local activities are consistent with local resources and take place in neighborhood schools, downtown areas, parks, malls, stadiums, or even indoor gyms. Activities will emphasize the importance of being active, supporting families, and building community. ¡Vive tu vida! Get Up! Get Moving!® is made possible by the support of our national sponsor, Newman's Own Foundation.