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Health disparities amongst Latinos May 28

May 19, 2010

Accion, the CSU ad hoc organization of faculty and staff that focuses on Hispanic/Latino interests in the CSU community, presents its Spring Empowerment Series, Friday, May 28. The speaker will discuss common health issues affecting Latinos.

Friday, May 28
Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Weber Building, Room 117

Promoting health among Latinos

The Spring 2010 Acción Empowerment Series speaker is Pam Chavez, Community Coordinator/Medical Navigator/Promotora, Executive Director of The Cancer Care Initiative & organizer of the Initiative for Cancer Advocacy and Networking (ICAN).

Chavez will give a talk on Friday, May 28 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in Weber, Room 117, titled, "Health Disparities Amongst Latinos, an Overview."

The talk will be given twice on Friday, May 28:

Speaker Pam Chavez

Pam Chavez lives in Las Animas, Colo., and is the Executive Director of the Cancer Care Initiative, a non-profit organization (in place since 1991). She developed the ICAN (Initiative for Cancer Advocacy and Networking) Project, a community model that ties the patient to services through navigation and promotora partnerships. (A promotora is an outreach worker in a Hispanic community who is responsible for raising awareness of health and educational issues.)

She has 18 years of background in cancer care and prevention under the Colorado Women's Cancer Control Initiative/Women's Wellness Connection-Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment, serving as many as 15 counties in Southern Colorado. She is an organizational partner of the Colorado Cancer Coalition, the Colorado Breast Cancer Coalition, and the Colorado Community Network Project at CU-Denver. 

Chavez recently participated in an effort to write a grant for this organization which was submitted to the National Cancer Institute. She received her training as a Navigator at the Anchutz Medical Campus at CU-Denver under Patricia Valverde and her Promotora training was done under the direction and guidance of Ada Torres through Penrose Cancer Center in Colorado Springs.

Discussion points

  • The most common cancers affecting Latinos
  • Other health issues facing Latino communities today
  • Steps that can be taken to help reduce the impact of long-term health issues in families and in communities 

What is Acción?

Acción is an ad hoc organization of CSU faculty and staff that focuses on Hispanic/Latino interests in our community. It has been active on the CSU campus since 1998.

The mission of Acción is to provide awareness and address issues that impact the aspirations and achievements of the Colorado State University Hispanic/Latino community. Acción serves as a catalyst for:

  • Gathering information
  • Identifying resources
  • Developing strategies
  • Advocating for resolution on issues related to education, employment, health and well-being
  • The retention of students, staff and faculty

Contact: Annette Gonzales