Groups Address Diet, Substance Use, ADHD Among Hispanics, Biomedical Careers for Minority Students
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico: In conjunction with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico is launching a one-year study that will examine the effectiveness of an online diet and weight-loss program for Hispanics, New Mexico Business Weekly reports. The insurer is seeking overweight adult Hispanics who are Internet users for the "Mi Dieta" program (New Mexico Business Weekly, 7/16).
HHS: HHS has released a booklet that provides information and statistics on Hispanics and substance use, the San Antonio Express-News reports. The guide, titled "Drug Abuse Among Hispanics: A Brief Evidence-based Guide for Providers," details the prevalence of substance use among Hispanics and the neuralgic effects and intervention measures. It also provides resources for providers who treat Hispanic patients (Felix-Ortiz, San Antonio Express-News, 7/18).
- Minority Access to Research Careers Undergraduate Student Training in Academic Research: The program, funded by NIH, prepares minorities to pursue careers in biomedical research, the Bakersfield Californian reports. Through the program, in its third year at California State University-Bakersfield, participants perform research, give presentations at conferences and receive training on ethics. The university offers a companion program designed to give first- and second-year students the basics they will need to apply for the research program (Shearer, Bakersfield Californian, 7/13).
- National Alliance for Hispanic Health: NAHH officials on Monday released an educational booklet in English and Spanish with information on attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder and other disabilities, the Chicago Tribune reports. The booklet, titled "Educational Rights for Children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: A Primer for Parents," was developed by the alliance and the National Resource Center on AD/HD. It offers information to help parents recognize ADHD and about the rights of children with the condition (Chicago Tribune, 7/17).