July 25, 2003
The report, compiled in collaboration with AIDS Project Los Angeles, offers 25 recommendations in six categories, including encouraging the development of Latino leadership and expertise in health departments; the expansion of public information and awareness campaigns and an increase in training; and consultation programs for Latinos about HIV/AIDS care and prevention processes (NASTAD release, 7/23). The current health care system is "ill-prepared" to address the ongoing epidemic, according to the report, which calls for a "broader" approach to HIV/AIDS prevention aimed at Latino communities, especially populations in Florida, New York and California, the Sun-Sentinel reports. Santana said, "The way you develop prevention messages for Cuban-Americans in Miami-Dade County, [Fla.], would be different from how you develop prevention messages to Colombians or Venezuelans just in terms of the language you use" (Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel, 7/25). "You have to tailor [HIV prevention messages] to the cultural characteristics and the idiosyncrasies of that particular community," Santana said. The report also calls for U.S. health care officials to offer HIV/AIDS treatment and testing to Latinos in the United States, "regardless of their immigration status," the AP/Chronicle reports. Santana said, "[W]e have people who are sick and infectious. What they can do is create a public health disaster" (AP/San Francisco Chronicle, 7/24).
The Kaiser Family Foundation earlier this month released a new report that offers demographic characteristics, key trends and community perceptions on AIDS in the Latino community. The 36-page report, titled "Key Facts: Latinos and HIV/AIDS," offers a profile of the epidemic, including key statistics, information about access to and use of health services and perceptions about the urgency of the epidemic in the community, country and abroad ("Key Facts: Latinos and HIV/AIDS," July 2003).
A kaisernetwork.org HealthCast of the briefing is available online. In addition to Santana, other speakers included: Rep. Hilda Solis (D-Calif.); Jennifer Kates, director of HIV/AIDS policy at the Kaiser Family Foundation; Donald Torres of the New Mexico Department of Health; Humberto Cruz of the New York State Department of Health's AIDS Institute; Felipe Rocha of the Texas Department of Health; Catalina Sol, director of the HIV/AIDS department at La Clinica Del Pueblo; Leo Rennie, director of HIV prevention programs at NASTAD; and Julie Scofield, executive director of NASTAD.
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