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SA! Change San Antonio Schools Open Their Gyms For Summer Pilot Program

Latino Health Open Use Gym

San Antonio Independent School District, Texas

Twelve middle schools in the San Antonio Independent School District are opening the doors to their gym four days a week as a pilot program to help keep students active over the summer. Creating opportunities for kid’s to remain active over the summer is critical to build a culture of health and reduce their risk … Read more

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SA! Change Classes in Illinois Look to Empower Latino Parents

DeKalb, Illinois

Latinos are already the largest and youngest racial and ethnic minority group in the United States. The health and success of this growing population will be key to the overall prosperity of the country. Groups across the country have found numerous innovative ways to help Latinos obtain access to the resources available to them. In … Read more

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SA! Change Detroit Partnership Combines Literacy & Swimming for Kids

Latino Health Swimming Pools

Detroit, Michigan

Since 2010, Detroit Swims has taught more than 5800 kids how to swim and aims to teach all kids in the Metro Detroit. Swimming is excellent for mental and physical health, as well as academic achievement, but of f the 120,000 children in the city, it’s estimated 100,000 of them can’t swim, according to one source. … Read more

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SA! Change The School-to-Prison Pipeline is Slowing in Texas


School suspensions are usually thought of as the last resort punishment for severe disruptions in the classroom. But did you know that children as young as three years old are being sent home for behavior problems which could have been addressed with positive school supports? In June of 2017, Texas House Bill 674 was passed … Read more

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SA! Change Latino Immigrant Families Often Forego Health Care Services

South Carolina

For many immigrant families, the current political climate adds a great deal of stress to their lives. Many Latinos already face inequities in health care; they are still the largest uninsured population in the U.S. In South Carolina (5.2% Latino population), this stress is now manifesting in even harsher ways. According to a report in … Read more

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SA! Change New Law Makes Telehealth Practice ‘Easier’ in Texas


Lack of access to quality healthcare is one of the main inequities that keep many Latinos from obtaining the best quality healthcare possible. However, the advent and proliferation of telehealth or telemedicine looks to be a way to bridge the gap between Latinos and their healthcare providers. Developed as a remote way to monitor patients, … Read more

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SA! Change Chan Zuckerberg Initiative to Expand Access to College for Millions of Students

United States

Obtaining a quality education is one of the key social determinants of health. In recent years, Latinos have made great strides in educational achievement. The dropout rate for Latinos is at an all-time low, while high school graduation rates are at all-time highs. More Latinos are enrolling in two- and four-year universities and more are … Read more

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SA! Change California Opens Medi-Cal to All Children


A lack of access to quality healthcare coverage has been one of the most persistent causes of health inequity for many Latino families. Despite significant gains made under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Latinos still remain the largest uninsured population in the country. In May 2016, the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) of California … Read more

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SA! Change Few Latinos Utilize Telemental Health Resources

United States

Mental Health is a growing public health concern in the United States. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration, during any given year, nearly 25% of the population has a diagnosable disorder, two-thirds of which goes untreated. According to a new study, an estimated 8.3 million adults in the U.S. (close to 3.5%) … Read more

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SA! Change Ride-Sharing Program Partners with Health Insurance to Reduce Patient No-Shows

United States

Latinos often face many obstacles that prevent them from obtaining health equity. One of the bigger hurdles they frequently have to overcome is a lack of access to quality healthcare. Lack of transportation equity prevents many Latinos from regularly accessing preventative care. According to the Community Transportation Association of America, about 3.6 million patients miss … Read more

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SA! Change LA Supports No More McTeachers Nights for LA Schools!

Los Angeles, California

A healthy movement is growing in Los Angeles (48.5% % Latino) where schools are saying no to the unhealthy marketing of McTeachers nights. This week of May 12th, 2015, schools are being asked to vote on nutrition and fundraising policies, including voting on policies around food marketing for local wellness school policies. The United States … Read more

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