Promotoras: Promoting Health in our Community

I know we’ve been writing quite a bit about promotoras on this blog. They are, after all, an integral part of the Latino Leadership Council’s programs. But they do so much more than the Zumba classes we’ve referenced here. They are really the boots on the ground and the bridges between the community and the available services and information. … Continue Reading →

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Chicken Soup and Curanderas

I find the role culture plays in health care fascinating. Who doesn’t crave a bowl of hot chicken soup when feeling down in the dumps? Some perhaps even eat their apple a day, feeling confident that it will keep the doctor away. And I’m pretty sure many of us have our favorite teas and culinary concoctions we rely on when feeling specific ailments. Yet many of these practices are rooted more in culture than they are in science. Some of these panaceas are nothing more than placebos. But they are readily accepted and promoted because they are part of the culture…remedies passed on from generation to generation and promoted in books, television and other forms of folklore. … Continue Reading →

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