2020 Hispanic Heritage Month Webinar

We hosted a celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month with a webinar on September 18th: 

The Latinx Voces en Salud Campaign is excited to kick-off Hispanic Heritage Month 2020!
We want to thank you for joining us for Hispanic Heritage Month Webinar on Friday, September 18, 2020 at 9:30 am PST / 12:30 pm EST

This webinar includes a culturally-rich and engaging conversation about what Hispanic heritage means to the Latinx community. Our speakers will cover a wide range of topics, from community health and promotoras to the cultural arts and advocacy. Nuestra gente are so diverse and full of life and deserve to be celebrated. Register today!


Pillar 1: Community Health & Promotores

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Venus Ginés, President/Founder,
Dia de la Mujer

Ms. Venus Ginés, a 28-year breast cancer survivor, who survived cancer for the second time in 2017 after 25 years of survivorship. In 2018, Venus retired as faculty member at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, teaching cultural competence and health literacy, as well as conducting research on Latino medical mistrust. From her personal experience with cancer and her sister’s untimely death to cervical cancer, Venus founded Día de la Mujer Latina, Inc., (DML), in 1997 as a national non-profit organization, celebrating its signature health fiesta in 40 states, Puerto Rico, Mexico, and Dominican Republic, providing the medically underserved Latina community with culturally and linguistically proficient health education, early detection screening for chronic diseases, culturally-tailored preventive programs for Latino teens and patient-centered navigation. She also trained 4212 Promotores/Community Health Workers (P/CHWs) in Texas alone. Venus is a State Certified Instructor of P/CHWs with DML being the first approved bilingual Texas State Sponsored Certification Training Program. She chaired the Department of Health and Human Services National Promotores Initiative and has conducted P/CHW training for employees at the City of Houston and Austin’s Paramedics, and more recently the employees of a federally qualified health center. Venus continues to train many Promotores nationwide and in Latin America on key core competencies as it relates to our medically underserved communities.  She developed bilingual training curriculum on subject matters that affects Latinas disproportionately such as Dispelling Myths and Rumors about Women’s Cancers, STDs, Patient Centered Care and Mental Health. The Autonomous University of Baja California Sur included Venus’s Promotora Curriculum as part of their 2019 Fall Training Program under Public Health. With her team of Instructors, she sponsored their training as Bilingual Mental Health First Aid Instructors and on April 8, 2019, achieved the goal of having the Governor’s Proclamation as Promotores/Community Health Worker Day in Texas.

Pillar 2: Puerto Rico: Resilience

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Elvis Rosado, Harm Reduction specialist & Volunteer with Hurricane Maria Response,
Harm Reduction efforts CDC State Health Department
Prevention Point Philadelphia, https://ppponline.org/ 

Es producto de una madre trabajadora, Y un padre químicamente dependiente.  Criado en las calles del norte de Filadelfia. Ha estado libre de drogas 28 años a partir del 1 de febrero de 2020. Actualmente es el educador de salud del Departamento de Salud Pública de Filadelfia. Brindando  educación sobre opioides y capacitación sobre reversión de sobredosis y cualquier tema relacionado con ayudar a cambiar la calidad de vida de todas las personas que sufren o se ven afectadas por la pobreza, la falta de vivienda o el trastorno por uso de sustancias / dependencia. Todavía está enseñando un curso de VIH por la noche llamado Proyecto Teach, un programa de educación y concientización sobre el VIH, educando a los latinos VIH positivos sobre todo lo que necesitan saber sobre el VIH.

 Pasó 25 años como voluntario, empleado de medio tiempo y tiempo completo en Prevention Point Philadelphia desde 1992 hasta diciembre de 2019 en un aspecto u otro y los últimos 8 años enseñando conciencia de opiáceos y reversión de sobredosis. Antes de este trabajo, ha trabajado para Cadekids. Donde su responsabilidad fue la de un Especialista en prevención en el sistema escolar de Filadelfia durante 7 años, donde enseñó a estudiantes de kínder a 12º grado todo, desde peligros más extraños, prevención de drogas y violencia, hasta violencia en citas de adolescentes, etiqueta de entrevistas de trabajo y prevención de drogas y alcohol, etc.

 Antes de enseñar, trabajó como especialista en reducción de daños y como terapeuta de adicciones en 2 clínicas de metadona, así como en un programa para adolescentes. Es ex alumno del Latino Partnership Leadership Institute,Un programa que intententa crear lideres en la comunidad y de la comunidad. Es entrenador y instructor del instituto, donde las personas reciben las herramientas necesarias para hacerse lideres y cargo de lo que ven en sus propios vecindarios y, con suerte, desarrollar soluciones para abordarlo. En total, ha pasado la mayor parte de su vida, ya sea en el sistema o trabajando con el sistema para tratar de ayudar a un ser humano en cualquier aspecto de las adicciones, el VIH, la hepatitis, la falta de vivienda, la educación y para que tengan la capasidad para tomar mejores decisiones en la vida.

Pillar 3: Cultura y Arte

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Ernesto Quintero, Director and Producer
A Sacred Journey Film,
To support this powerful story and movement, please watch and review at this link. It’s on Amazon! 

Ernesto Quintero strongly believes in projects of social relevance and utilizes his skill in video and film to advocate positive change. Ernesto has been documenting A Sacred Journey, a story of his brother’s fight with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) since his diagnosis in 2005. In 2013, he decided to edit this heartfelt journey locking picture in May 2019 and won Best Film at DOCUTAH International Film Festival 2019. A Sacred Journey has full digital distribution and can be presently found on Amazon and ten other platforms. 

In addition to pointing the camera on his brother, Ernesto most recently traveled the world working with Jennifer Lopez (JL) on Dance Again a documentary featuring JL on her first ever world tour. As second unit director, Ernesto got to see the world through his lens, traveling to 40 countries in 4 months. On this same tour Ernesto, directed JL’s ten dancers and came back to produce six episodes of A Step Away, a docu-series for NUVO TV. Ernesto is prepared to direct, produce, shoot or edit, but most importantly, Ernesto has a knack for story and heart that allows him to capture emotions. His other awards include the Imagen Award for Outstanding Stage Production for “Veteranos: A legacy of Valor” (2000), a nomination for Outstanding Made-for-TV Documentary Producer for an Alma Award for Warrior of the Court (2007), Imagen Award for the PBS national television series Voces (2007), Cine Golden Eagle Award for Lalo Guerrero: The Original Chicano (2007) and a NAMIC award for the mun2 Hookup (2008). To learn more about Ernesto’s work please visit: www.asacredjourneyfilm.com  or www.ernestoquinterofilms.com.

Daniel Haro, Producer
A Sacred Journey Film,

Mr. Daniel Haro’s background includes over twenty-five years of media production/directing, marketing and grass roots organizing. He has worked as a Producer/Director of Edward James Olmos Productions for 18 years.  His resume also includes production work with New Line Cinema, Universal Studios and Lions Gates Cinema.

He has worked on the network level with Spike TV where he directed and produced the documentary: “Pancho Gonzalez: The Latino Legend of Tennis.”  Continuing on the national level, Haro worked with The PBS Network in producing and directing an extended version (Director’s Cut) of “Pancho Gonzalez: Warrior of the Court,” for inclusion in a 13-part national series entitled, “VOCES.”  This first of its kind Latino themed series was broadcast in the fall of 2006, through fall of 2007.  In 2007, Mr. Haro’s work was recognized with an Alma Award in the category of “Best Documentary made for Television.” In 2010 Haro finished producing two full seasons for the Mun2 Network reality series, “The Mun2 Hook Up.” Other producing awards and nominations include; Director’s Guild Academy Award in the category of Best Documentary; the National Education Foundation’s Golden Apple Award for Best Film in the Classroom; and a recipient of the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award.

Pillar 4: Advocacy & Engagement

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Rosalie Aguilar, National Project Coordinator 
Salud America, https://salud-america.org/ 

Rosalie Aguilar, MS, is the national project coordinator for Salud America! a national research and communications network of over 250,000 members aimed at preventing Latino childhood obesity and promoting all around health for Latino children and health equity for all. As project coordinator she has led numerous efforts to engage Latino communities across the U.S. in online campaigns aimed at promoting healthy communities through policy, programs and local level changes. Along with the rest of the Salud America! team she has worked to empower Latinos through curation of the latest news, research, success stories, and action toolkits used by Salud America!’s network members. Aguilar is currently pursuing a PhD in Translational Science from UT Health San Antonio and her current research interests lie in using technology and online communication to engage Latinos in health advocacy.

Mary Anne Carabeo, Account Manager for the National Partnership Program at the U.S. Census Bureau

Mary Anne Carabeo is an Account Manager for the National Partnership Program at the U.S. Census Bureau. There, she works with organizations and partners —  specifically those working alongside Hispanics and Latinos, Individuals with Disabilities, and the LGBTQ+  to highlight the importance of the 2020 Census.