The fate of Senate Bill 435, which would require California departments to collect and release disaggregated data for Indigenous and Latinx nations, is now up to Governor Gavin Newsom. With over 60 statewide organizations in support, and after the unanimous passing of the bill through the Assembly and Senate, the bill is awaiting Newsom’s signature. … Read more

The Latino Coalition for a Healthy California (LCHC), a statewide policy advocacy organization, recently held a webinar about data equity for Latinx and Indigenous communities in the state, known as “We Count!” Panelists highlighted the importance of disaggregated data collection when it comes to addressing disparities, and spoke to the importance of Senate Bill 435, … Read more

The California Senate Judiciary Committee meeting unanimously passed Senate Bill 435 on Tuesday, which would require certain state agencies, boards, and commissions to use separate collection categories and tabulations for each major Latino group, Mesoamerican Indigenous nation, and Mesoamerican Indigenous language group.  Dr. Seciah Aquino, executive director of the Latino Coalition for a Healthy California—which … Read more

A University of Washington (UW) study will research the impact long COVID has had on Hispanics in the state.     Dr. Leo Morales, professor of medicine at UW’s School of Medicine, will lead the study. He said COVID has had a much bigger impact on Hispanics in the state than other groups.  “The rates … Read more

A University of Oregon (UO) team developed a culturally-informed outreach program to triple the number of Latinx people being tested for COVID-19 at a randomized trial of 33 testing sites in 9 Oregon counties from Feb. 1, 2021, to Aug. 31, 2021. The outreach program utilized community health promoters to help increase Latinx testing. They … Read more

The Washington State Medical Association (WSMA) recently launched its Latinx Advisory Council to provide a forum for Latinx physicians and their assistants to support each other. The forum serves as a platform for Latinx professionals to develop advocacy strategies and recruit additional Latinx physicians. Katina Rue, DO, is co-Chair of the WSMA’s Diversity, Equity, and … Read more