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Lupus: A Growing Health Issue Among Hispanics



Robert Held

Lupus is an autoimmune inflammatory disease that currently affects over 17,000 people in the state.  It causes the immune system to mistakenly attack the body’s own healthy cells and tissue;  symptoms of the disease include fatigue, hair loss, painful or swollen joints, fever, skin rashes and kidney problems.  It is a chronic disease that attacks different parts of the body and has no known cause and no known cure.  A prompt diagnosis is essential in preventing early organ damage and death.

Nationally,  the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office on Women’s Health (OWH) distributed new radio public service advertisements this past May to alert Hispanic women.

In Connecticut, the Lupus Foundation of America has begun to try and raise awareness about the disease in the state’s Latino community. Its CEO and President, Michael Tommasi, has met with Hispanic community leaders to help …

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It’s Fresh Produce Season in Connecticut!

 Healthy Eating can be fun and delicious in the summer.   Eating fruits and vegetables are an important part of a healthy diet.  

 •They are low in calories, fat free and fruits have only natural sugar making them a perfect food for weight management.

 •They are rich in dietary fiber, which is an important component of a healthy diet.  We should be aiming for 25grams or more daily.

 •They are full of vitamins and minerals your body needs to function correctly.

Fruits make a great snack, they are delicious, many are just wash and eat. They pack easily.  They are naturally sweet.  Add fruits to a meal, put strawberries in a spinach salad, stew apples and pears with pork, Grilled peaches and plums make a great dessert.


 Vegetables are great with a meal, try grilling them along side your protein.  Have them …

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Foundation Works to Engage Diverse Groups In Improving Health System

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The Connecticut Health Foundation’s (CT Health) board of directors recently awarded $350,000 to four nonprofit organizations throughout the state to increase the diversity of consumers participating in health reform implementation and advocacy.

“The foundation recognizes that historically, health policy decisions have not always been influenced by those most affected by inadequate health care, particularly people of color,” says Patricia Baker, president and CEO of CT Health. “But today, funders, state officials, and advocates committed to health equity recognize the need for including people of color in reforming the health care system.”

“These grants demonstrate how seriously CT Health takes issues of equity, inclusion and fairness,” Baker said.

Led by executives and/or boards of color, the organizations selected to receive grants under CT Health’s one-year initiative, Diverse Advocacy and Consumer Engagement in Health Reform, bring a unique set of skills, community relationships, and knowledge of the needs and preferences of …

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