Bassist and vocalist Esperanza Spalding became the first jazz musician to win the Grammy for Best New Artist this week. But long before she made headlines and stirred up Justin Bieber fans, Latino USA had been following her career. In 2008 when she released her first album Esperanza, Maria Hinojosa talked to Spalding about her inspirations and influences in her music. Her latest album is Chamber Music Society
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This is the first part in a new series about Latinos and health. We focus on the Betances Community Health Center, an example of how the community health model can work. Along with the implementation of health care reform, the federal government is investing billions of dollars in community health centers. The Betances clinic was founded in 1970 on the principal that everyone, rich or poor, has the right to health care. It started out as a mobile van that went out on the streets testing prostitutes for STDs. Forty years later the Betances clinic has expanded to 6,000 patients and is serving the Puerto Rican, Dominican and Chinese populations that make up the Lower East Side. It’s an under-served community that struggles with drug addiction, obesity, and many chronic illnesses. Maria Hinojosa meets the staff at this clinic, some of the unsung heroes in the health care profession.
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