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Bridging The Health Care Gap For Many Latinos



SCSU Nursing students teach healthy eating habits at the Spanish Community of Wallingford.


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For many Hispanics living in Connecticut during the 1980s, the health care system care seemed alien and inaccessible, populated by nurses and other providers who did not talk like them, did not understand their culture and did not appreciate their financial barriers.

If a patient could only communicate effectively in Spanish, it might take a little effort but a translator usually could be found among the aides and physicians at a major medical center, such as Hartford Hospital. Or the housekeeping staff might help, recalled one longtime health care provider.

And if she was ...

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CT Chapter Of Hispanic Nurses Presents CTLatinoNews.com With Its ‘Community Service Award’

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CTLatinoNews.com and its co-founder and publisher, Diane Alverio, were among the recipients of the CT Chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses at its fourth annual awards banquet in Bridgeport recently.  The all volunteer organization works to improve the health of the Hispanic community and supports efforts to increase the number of Hispanics entering the Healthcare field.

In addition to Alverio and CTLatinoNews.com, the organization also recognized Raul Pino, MD, MPH, Connecticut’s Commissioner of Public Health.  It also presented its Student Leadership Award to Javier Adams, who just graduated

Javier Adams (center) received NAHN's Student Leadership Award with Dr. Maria D. Krol (l) and CTLatinoNews.com Co-Founder and Publisher, Diane Alverio.
Javier Adams (center) received NAHN’s Student Leadership Award with Dr. Maria D. Krol (l) and CTLatinoNews.com Co-Founder and Publisher,

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“Leukemia, You Messed With The Wrong Guy” – Latino Family Stands Strong In the Face Of Son’s Leukemia Diagnosis


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Annika Darling/CTLatinoNews.com

“My name is Christopher (Chris) Nieves and I am from East Hartford, Conn. I am the youngest ‘boy’ of seven children from Militza Nieves (Mami Millie) and Victor Nieves (Trikki Trikki). I am 16 years old, and at 16 years old you should be spending time with friends, enjoying life, and thinking about graduating high school. Cancer never really seems to be something you’re worried about, until now!” – Chris Nieves, Facebook post four days after blood cancer diagnosis.

Until now, Nieves spent his free time working as the muscle (assembly guy) at a family-owned DJ and sound rental business — Bulldog Audio DJs – where he ...

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