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Along for the Ride with Damian Lopez Alfonso

Cycling is Damian Lopez Alfonso’s life. Since he was a young boy, he’s been riding the streets of Havana, Cuba… but not just for fun. He’s actually a fierce and competitive cyclist. But Damian doesn’t look or ride like your average competitive racer. We met up with him in an unlikely space in New York City.
Radio story and slide-show produced by Xohitl Dorsey.


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If you’d like to help Damian Lopez Alfonso get to the London Para-Olympics in 2012, go to PayPal and make your donation to teamdamian2012@gmail.com.

Gifts can also be made in Damian’s name at the Achilles Foundation for Facial Reconstruction or the National Foundation for Facial Reconstruction.

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Radio Nature is a year-long series that looks at how people of color connect with nature. Funding comes from the REI foundation.

The REI Foundation focuses on supporting efforts to get more young people, including youth from diverse populations, into nature. Through this work, The REI Foundation’s goal is to help inspire the next generation of outdoor enthusiasts and environmental stewards.

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Health and the Community

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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UPDATE: Healthcare Reform & Latinos

While the rally on the Mall progressed, nearly all eyes of the press were trained on the Capitol building up the hill and on the historic reform of health care that was being voted upon.

The day before, thousands of protestors had converged on DC to protest the Bill from a number of perspectives: some saying it did too much, some saying it didn’t do enough, some saying the government has no business in healthcare to begin with.

Maria checks in with EFE correspondent Maria Peña about the final version of the Bill and what it means for Latinos.


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New American Voices: Mental Health and Refugees

Latino USA has often documented how immigrants coming from a particular community tend to migrate to the same region in the U.S. as a means of creating a safe social net. But refugees represent a different kind of immigration experience. And for refugees who have experienced war and violence, the mental health issues of that community can pose particular challenges.

When the U.S. accepts refugees, it is often the practice to resettle them together within an American city or community. So when many Somali immigrants in Minneapolis began showing signs of mental health trauma due to war, it caught local health officials by surprise. As part of Latino USA’s ongoing New American Voices series, Andrew Stelzer reports on how Minneapolis mental health workers are using media to help deal with the challenges.


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Ethical Issues Around Healthcare

When South Carolina Rep. Joe Wilson interrupted President Barack Obama’s speech with his now famous “you lie” outburst, the actual statement by the President that prompted that incident was how federal healthcare legislation would not mandate coverage for undocumented immigrants. In fact, the bills touted by Congress in the days that followed excluded undocumented immigrants, even if they wanted to buy into the system voluntarily with their own money.

Dr. James J. Walter

For his part, Congressman Wilson later apologized to the President, who accepted. But speculation on whether racism was a factor filled the national media this week. And few in the media even examined the wisdom of a policy that would literally leave millions of people who live in this country out of the healthcare system.

Latino USA’s Maria Hinojosa speaks with Dr. James J. Walter, Professor of Bioethics at Loyala Marymount University, about the ethical issues surrounding the issue.


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Latinos and Healthcare Reform

The complexity of the issue of healthcare reform when it comes to the Latino community cannot be overstated. As most people know, Latinos are not a racial group, but rather an amalgamation of cultural connectors: usually by language, cuisine, religion, and geographical commonality. Mexicans and Mexican-Americans comprise nearly two-thirds of all Latinos in the U.S. And some 11-12 million of the nation’s 48 million Latinos are undocumented immigrants.

Dr. David Hayes-Bautista

So, in truth, there cannot be just one conversation about Latinos and healthcare reform. There must be a series of conversations.

Latino USA’s Maria Hinojosa begins that series with Dr. David Hayes-Bautista, Director of the Center for the Study of Latino Health and Culture at UCLA’s School of Medicine.

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This extended conversation (17 minutes) with Dr. David Hayes-Bautista contains analysis of the history of healthcare in the U.S. that is not part of the radio broadcast.

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