Wednesday, June 7, 2006

Hispanic health coalition hosts public event Saturday June 10

On the heels of this Tennessean article on the maturing health care network for Hispanics in Middle Tennessee and the unique issues facing Hispanic patients and their caregivers, the Nashville Latino Health Coalition will hold a bilingual health care information and networking event this Saturday, June 10. The text of the press release is as follows:

Nashville, TN – The Nashville Latino Health Coalition is organizing a bilingual community event to bring together members of the Latino community and Nashville’s health and social service providers for an interactive dialogue. The “Health Services within Reach – Servicios de Salud a su Alcance” event will take place on Saturday, June 10, 2006, from 3:00-7:00 P.M. at Antioch United Methodist Church, located at 41 Tusculum Road in Antioch.

The purpose of the event is twofold: (1) information exchange – for Latino community members to share their needs and concerns with agency representatives, and for agency representatives to provide information and answer questions about available services; and (2) coalition building – to invite Latino community members to participate in the coalition in a collaborative way.

Around 40 organizations will provide information and materials in an exhibition area. Small group discussion sessions will focus on various topic that will be selected by the participants from the Hispanic community. The event will conclude with a community celebration with Latin music and food. The event is free, and child care will be provided.

“We extend a cordial invitation for people to attend this event because it is very important for the community, and people need to know where to go when they have an emergency,” says Gerardo Martinez, member of the Hispanic Community Group of Tennessee (HCGT), which is part of the coalition and is playing a central role in organizing the event.

“We want to emphasize the importance of this event to the community, because it will be the first time in which our own perspectives on the Hispanic community’s health needs will be directly heard,” stated Erandi GarcĂ­a, member of HCGT.

“We invite other Hispanic community members to participate in this event because we want to hear their opinions. Many health-related agencies will attend the event that are anxious to hear our suggestions and ideas on how they can serve us better,” emphasized Patricia Vivanco, member of HCGT.

The Nashville Latino Health Coalition is comprised of community members and around 30 organizations from the Hispanic community and the health care, social service, academic and public sectors. For more information, contact Juan Canedo (615-587-0365).

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