The Latino Health Initiative of Suffolk County formed in October, 2000 as a result of the collaboration of grassroots and healthcare organizations to help reduce the disparities in health care that exist in the Hispanic/Latino community.
The following is the list of the agencies and organizations that have been involved in various projects of the Latino Health Initiative of Suffolk County.
- American Diabetes Association
- Brentwood Ambulance
- Brentwood Fire Department
- Brentwood/Bay Shore Breast Cancer Coalition
- Cancer Information Service
- Good Samaritan Hospital
- Nassau-Suffolk Law Services
- National Cancer Institute
- Southside Hospital
- Stony Brook University Hospital
- Suffolk Community Council - Brentwood Partners
- Suffolk County Department of Health Services
- Suffolk County Department of Social Services
- Suffolk County Perinatal Coalition
- The Learning Connection of St. Joseph Academy
- Women’s Health Partnership – American Cancer Society
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: 2002 to 2006 (Updates to follow for 2006 to 2012)
- 2002 Community Health Fair sponsored at the Brentwood Recreation Center -Received grant from Keyspan which helped us subsidized nutrition and promotional items. Over 600 community residents attended the fair and benefited from various screenings offered, such blood pressure, cholesterol, glaucoma, glucose, and foot screenings. Other services offered included breast examinations, scoliosis, and vision screenings, nutrition education, and dental examination.
- 2002 Participation at “Take your Loved One to the Doctor Fair” held at Martin Luther King Jr. Health Center in Wyandanch.
- 2002 Radio interview at WGBB-1240 AM Juliette Hernandez Show on Latino Health Awareness.
- 2002 Newspaper interview at Nueva America on Latino Health Awareness.
- 2003 Incorporation of the Latino Health Initiative.
- 2003 Participation at Suffolk Community Council Health and Service Day Fair held at South Middle School in Brentwood
- 2004 Community Health Assessment Survey - Door to door survey of over 600 single homes in the census tract 1456.03, which according to 1990 census results is considered to be the fourth most distress area of Suffolk County.
- 2004 Community Resource Booklet - Developed bilingual pamphlet of local resources which was distributed to community residents.
- 2005 Recognition Dinner offered to local Government Representatives, volunteers and community based organizations that collaborated with the delivery of the survey.
- 2005 Received Michael A. Maffetone Community Service Award from Stony Brook University Hospital in recognition of our efforts to address health care barriers and disparities in Suffolk County.
- 2005 Workshop to Health Care Professionals and Social Workers on the the topics of Cultural Sensitivity Awareness and Spanish Language Skills.
- 2006 Workshop to ESL students and community members held at local Community based Agency on the topic of “Children’s Immunization Update”
***This will be updated to reflect activities from 2006 to 2012***