Category Archives: Barriers and Brainstorms

Great Article on the Term “Latinx”

For those who are thinking about (or who have never heard about) the term “Latinx” (essential replacing Latino/a or Latin@), check out this article by Arianna Davis on Refinery29. Thoughtful, sensitive, being true to what works for oneself, it will at least get you thinking about a newish term being used in some sectors to describe the Latino/a/x community.

Join Stephanie on 4/12 for a tweet chat “How to Alter Health Messaging to Promote Prevention for Latinos”

#SaludTues 04-12

#SaludTues Tweetchat 1p ET 4/12/16: “How to Alter Health Messaging to Promote Prevention for Latinos”

Health messaging is a critical way to empower health equity. But without relevant, culturally competent health messages, Latinos will continue to face vast health disparities in diabetes, heart disease, and certain cancers, especially in the face of conflicting unhealthy marketing by the food and beverage industry.

Let’s use #SaludTues on April 12, 2016, during National Minority Health Month, to tweet about how healthcare professionals, public health professionals, city leaders, businesses, schools, and you can alter language and images in their health messaging to promote health for Latinos.

  • WHAT: #SaludTues Tweetchat: “How to Alter Health Messaging to Promote Prevention for Latinos”
  • TIME/DATE: 1-2 p.m. EST Tuesday, April 12, 2016
  • WHERE: On Twitter with hashtag #SaludTues
  • HOST: @SaludToday
  • CO-HOSTS: Stephanie Pitsirilos, MPH (@ZoeHealth); Andrew Lopez, RN (@nursefriendly); School-Based Health (@sbh4all); and Fight Ladykiller (@FightLadykiller)
  • Optional Hashtags for Minority Health Month: #NMHM16, #healthequity

We’ll open the floor to your experiences and stories as we explore:

  • The importance of health promotion and disease prevention to improve Latino health.
  • Culturally relevant health messages for Latinos to promote healthful behaviors.
  • Avenues and methods to deliver healthy messages to Latinos.

Be sure to use the hashtag #SaludTues to follow the conversation on Twitter and share your strategies, stories, and resources for generating powerful, culturally relevant messages for Latino health promotion.#SaludTues is a weekly Tweetchat about Latino health at 12p CST/1p ET every Tuesday and hosted by @SaludToday, the Latino health social media campaign for the team at the Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR) at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.”

Bomba Y Plena with Los Pleneros de la 21-Cosmo Clinic Fundraiser for Uninsured

LP21Have a great night watching, learning, listening (and dare we say, dancing to) the Afro-Puerto Rican dance and music form called Bomba y Plena, performed by Grammy-nominated and Smithsonian-recoginized Los Pleneros de la 21. And for a good cause. These steal-of-a-deal tickets ($15 regular, $10 students and children) directly fund the student-run CoSMO clinic (speared by Columbia University medical students) to buy medicine for uninsured patients in Washington Heights (100% of ALL proceeds go towards buying medicine for these patients). Everyone of all ages (families that means you too!) is welcome for a night of drums, dancing skirts, Afro-Latino history and good company. Don’t you want to learn about a dance form where your dance partner (and who you often square-off with) is the drum?

Those with an eye for art and graffiti legend will be happy to know that BlusterOne has designed a fundraising t-shirt for the event (light gray), $30 and fair-trade-made (100% proceeds go towards buying medicine for the clinic too). T-shirts available at the event, but if you are itching to ensure one is available, reserve one with Stephanie


Okay, the details…

When? Thursday, February 25th at 7:30pm

Where? Alumni Auditorium, 650 W 168th Street on Fort Washington Avenue (A, C or 1 train to 168th or M5, B7, M100 or M4 bus. Check transit schedules/info beforehand).


Tickets are also available at the door, but we do encourage online sales to better prepare!

Thanks for being a supporter of the health needs of the underserved, Latino Health, and the arts.

Feel free to contact, (917) 382-9277 with questions.

Outreach flyer, pdf form, is here:LP21yCoSMOflyer-5NEwlink

A Community Food Market Where Dignity is at the Center

The Daily Table’s model simultaneously addresses food insecurity and promotes health in a respectful, dignified manner for all customers who walk through their doors. Here’s how.

Source: A Community Food Market Where Dignity is at the Center

Cars Still Rolling Through Pedestrian North Meadow Recreation Center

Early this year, The West Side Rag picked up a story we’ve been covering for awhile now, and published how the Central Park Conservancy and Parks DNorth Meadow Cars Greet Youepartment have been using half the basketball courts and indoor space in the North Meadow Recreation Center (in the middle of Central Park around 97th Street) for  office and parking spaces. Residents have attended community meetings, have gotten empty promises (or answers that reflect that the issue isn’t something they will take on), have collected hundreds of signatures from fans of the Recreation Center…And still the the public is being denied a slice of their tax-payer pie; the cars and offices are still there. Below is a collection of photos and a video from over the last few months documenting how cars block the paths of pedestrians and those wishing to use the courts for recreation. The only time the cars are removed seem to be when an organized team is playing in the courts, if not by whim of staff.

North Meadow Active Driveway
Not a Parking Space!










Video Footage

WSome Residents Try to Play Basketball, Even with the Cars in the Wayhen kids try to use the basketball courts, even with cars parked in the way. May 2015: North Meadow Cars in Courts May 2015

Alternative Parking Areas (to note a few)

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North Meadow Available Spaces to Park

Rent Wars- The Year of the Tenant

Sharing a video put together by MULTIHOP.TV, a “short documentary highlight[ing] rent wars between NYC rent stabilized tenants vs. greedy developers / landlords.”

For those looking for a good read, I recommend again Tales of Two Cities. It’s being reprinted this fall by Penguin if you can’t grab an original copy.

Revealing NPR Story for all Non-Profits: The American Red Cross and Haiti

NPR has just released a revealing story that I share because although its focus is on how the American Red Cross handled 500 million dollars in donations for Haitian earthquake relief, it really is a map of a lot of the dysfunction that exists in many non-profits and organizations whose stated goals are to help people in need of some sort. These groups should be commended for “fighting the good fight” and we should find ways to support organizations that serve a social good, but the story should also serve as a mirror, a professional and organizational development tool, and a measure of quality to hold these groups accountable for, to ensure the group does not fall into the trap of bureaucracy, glossy pamphlets and professional conference presentations, and excluding local voices, labor, economy and experts of culture and language into projects that seek to help them.