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1 Beyond Treatment: Reframing our Approach to Latino Health in 2011 Presentation by John Hellman, M.A. Director of Advocacy Latino Commission on AIDS March 19, 2011

2 The Latino Commission on AIDS The Latino Commission on AIDS is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to fighting the spread of HIV/AIDS in the Latino community. In response to the critical, unmet need for HIV prevention and care for Latinos, a coalition of Latino leaders founded the agency in The Commission realizes its mission by spearheading health advocacy for Latinos, promoting HIV education, developing model prevention programs for high-risk communities, and by building capacity in community organizations. Through its extensive network of member organizations and community leaders, the Commission works to mobilize an effective Latino community response to the health crisis created by HIV/AIDS. Since 1995, the Commission has steadily expanded its services outside New York to meet the emerging needs of Latino communities in more than 40 States and Puerto Rico.

3 Health is Political

4 Latino Health Politics What does it mean to be Latino? What does it mean to be Latino? Barriers to Health Care Access Barriers to Health Care Access What issues prevent Latinos from accessing health care?What issues prevent Latinos from accessing health care? Changes in Health Care Access Changes in Health Care Access What policy changes affect available health care access for Latinos?What policy changes affect available health care access for Latinos?

5 New York State Responds to the Latino HIV/AIDS Crisis and Plans for Action The Latino Commission on AIDS is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to fighting the spread of HIV/AIDS in the Latino community. In response to the critical, unmet need for HIV prevention and care for Latinos, a coalition of Latino leaders founded the agency in The Commission realizes its mission by spearheading health advocacy for Latinos, promoting HIV education, developing model prevention programs for high-risk communities, and by building capacity in community organizations. Through its extensive network of member organizations and community leaders, the Commission works to mobilize an effective Latino community response to the health crisis created by HIV/AIDS. Since 1995, the Commission has steadily expanded its services outside New York to meet the emerging needs of Latino communities in more than 40 States and Puerto Rico.

6 Barriers to Health Care Access Immigration Immigration Lack of Cultural Competency Lack of Cultural Competency Location Location

7 Changes in Health Care Access The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Medicaid Reform Medicaid Reform

8 So What? What can we learn from the phrase “health is political”? What can we learn from the phrase “health is political”? Can health professionals address health from a “community health” perspective? Can health professionals address health from a “community health” perspective? Can we politicize the health profession? Can we politicize the health profession?

9 Questions???

10 Thank You! Phone:


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