The Latinas, Tabaco y Cancer program educates participants on the best practices for health in order to attain and maintain a healthy lifestyle. The program also seeks to develop women into community advocates. Over 220 Latinas are on the group’s mailing list and 50-75 attend group meetings held 11:00am-2:30pm on the 3rd Wednesday of every other month at El Museo Latino in Omaha. The group is comprised of women of all ages and includes breast cancer survivors. Several members have participated in the Susan G. Komen Walk for the last 3 years. Additionally, many members participate in other group activities including educational projects, community events such as parades and informational booths, and other types of health promotion activities.
Each large group meeting begins with a journaling/reflection exercise. Educational presentations cover topics affecting Latinas’ health, among them: tobacco and alcohol prevention, breast cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, mental health, healthy nutrition and physical activity, spirituality, IPV, and others.
The group communicates through a bi-monthly mailing and maintains a presence on social media through a Facebook group and Twitter. It uses educational approaches and resources proven to be effective, like: http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/cervical/what_cdc_is_doing/amigas.htm
For more information, contact Antonia Correa, UNMC College of Public Health, 402-559-3670.