Did you know?
According to the Intercultural Cancer Council:
Latinos make up 25 percent of the nation's uninsured
Uninsured Latina women with breast cancer are 2.3 times more likely to be diagnosed at a larger stage, making it less treatable
Uninsured Latino men with prostate cancer are 3.75 more likely to be diagnosed at a later stage, making it less treatable
The mission of Día de la Mujer Latina is to promote health awareness to the underserved Latino community by providing a culturally and ethnically-specific education, facilitating early detection screening, prevention care interventions; promoting wellness with resource information, Promotores training and patient navigation for follow-up services.
What is Día del la Mujer Latina?
A woman-focused health and wellness fiestas model with implementation of community navigators.
A 501(c) nonprofit organization, founded by a Latina breast cancer survivor, advocate and researcher.
A partnership with community-based organizations, metropolitan hospitals/county clinics, local businesses, and dedicated volunteers.
An opportunity for the medically underserved to have a free or low cost breast and cervical cancer education/screening, in addition to HIV tests, Vision tests, STDs tests, Diabetes screening, and Domestic Violence.
A Texas State Certified culturally-based 160 Training Curriculum for Promotores/Community Health Workers.
Why is this event important?
Latinos are the largest minority group with an increase of 15% of the population since the last Census and growing.
Cancer is a significant health risk for Latinos in the USA.
Survival rates for Latinos are poorer compared to other ethnic groups, because the disease is diagnosed at a later stage when a cure is limited.
Latinas also experience a two-fold disparity in cervical cancer rates compared to whites.
Latinos underutilize colorectal cancer screening.
Tobacco smoking, a significant contributor to lung cancer, remains at disproportionately high levels among middle-aged Latinos/as.
To combat health disparities among Latinos, it is essential to provide education and access to screening in a culturally proficient manner.
A Cultural Competence Training for Healthcare Providers
Día de la Mujer Latina National Project – a template has been prepared in order for other communities to develop their own DML festivals. DML has been celebrated in 30 cities across the US and in Puerto Rico.
Cultural Translations and development of Fotonovelas/picturebooks.
An Evidence-Based Pilot Project focusing on Education and Navigation of Latinos/Hispanics in 5-Texas cities (Dallas, Houston, Austin, El Paso & Corpus Christi)