Archivos Mensuales: diciembre 2012
EMMANUEL REID and JESUS ARAUJO
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According the the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, developmental health issues are more prevalent among minority children that live at, or below, the poverty line.
Historically, mental health research in America was established and normalized on a Caucasian and European based population, excluding the importance of understanding racial & ethnic groups, as well as their beliefs, traditions, and values. Results of such exclusion have a massive impact on Americans of different cultural makeup.
Organizations with an ethnic and cultural conscience are combating the institutionalized disadvantages of minorities. The Office of Minority Health (OMH), is an organization whose main objective is “to improve health and healthcare outcomes for racial and ethnic minority communities by developing or advancing polices, programs, and practices that address health, social, economic, environmental and other factors which impact health.”
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Acknowledging that there are developmental health issues facing children from low-income families, is a step in the right direction. A program in place that is proven to make a positive impact is the National Head Start Association or NHSA. With a mission statement that strives to achieve such feats as helping to create “healthier, empowered children and families as well as more vibrant communities”, NHSA will help combat early health indicators in all enrolled youth.
NHSA has resources offering guidance on how to design and manage mental health services, as well as coordinate services with community mental health agencies. Parents with children enrolled in the “Head Start” program can take advantage of services like Early Mental Health Consultation and Social and Emotional Development workshops. Screening and assessment is available for children who may be demonstrating high-risk behaviors. The nation-wide organization has locations spread throughout the San Fernando Valley.
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California State University Northridge (CSUN) campus mimics the greater population and sees an increase of diabetes. Diabetes is a chronic disease that is on the rise. If you have diabetes, you are at least twice as likely, as someone who does not have diabetes, to have heart disease or a stroke.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 2011 National Diabetes Fact Sheet, 18 million people in the U.S. population were diagnosed with diabetes.
The results of the National College Health Assessment done by the center every two years on CSUN’s campus shows that 1 percent of the students have been diagnosed or treated for diabetes by a professional within the last 12 months.
In this interview Sharon Aronoff, Health Educator and Student Health Outreach Promotion representative at the Klotz Student Health Center on the university’s campus shares the services the center provides. The Klotz Students Center provides testing, nutrition education and general resources for students living with or at risk for diabetes.
Ellen Bauersfeld, Registered Dietitian at the Health Center, provides one on one nutrition counseling for all students who attend the university. She sees students that want to lose or gain weight, are vegetarians, or have been diagnosed with diabetes, high cholesterol or any other disease that can be helped with a medical intervention.
According to the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Report, Type 1 diabetes accounts for about 5 percent of all diagnosed cases of diabetes and type 2 diabetes accounts for about 95 percent of diagnosed diabetes in adults. In the interview Bauersfeld discusses what both Type 1 and 2 Diabetes are and what individuals can do treat the diseases.
CSUN students are concerned about the increased percentage of individuals that have diabetes. Sophia Lopez, Nutrition and Dietetic major, has been exposed to diabetes since she was 8 years old. In the interview she talks about her experience witnessing two of her 8-year-old friends, who were born with the disease, inject their insulin shots before every meal.
Nina Farokhfol, a child development major, knows two individuals with the disease and she gives a preventative tip in the interview.
There are different foods individuals should consume to prevent diabetes from occurring. In the interview Bauersfeld recommends different foods individuals should eat.
Several studies have shown that healthy eating and regular physical activity, used with medication if prescribed, can help control health complications from type 2 diabetes or can prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes.