The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services will host a live Spanish-language Cafecito and tele-town hall on Thursday, Oct. 12, from 6 to 7 p.m. to discuss common health needs in Hispanic/Latino communities, including the importance of Semana Binacional de Salud, preventative care and breast cancer awareness.
Event participants include:
- Yazmin Garcia Rico, MSW, Director of Latinx and Hispanic Policy and Strategy, NCDHHS
- Carlos Rish, M.D., FAAFP, Family Medicine Specialist, Centro Médico Latino
- Claudia Velasco Osorio, Consul General, Consulate of Mexico in Raleigh
- Maria Sanchez, Health Window & Mobile Unit Coordinator, El Centro Hispano
This town-hall is the second Cafecito NCDHHS will host during Hispanic Heritage Month, which falls between Sept. 15 and Oct. 15 each year. October is also Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among Hispanics and Latinas in the United States. Regular health visits, preventative screenings for early detection and remaining up to date on all recommended vaccinations, including for the flu, COVID-19 and pneumonia for those 65 and older, are key to improving overall wellness. Resources are available to connect Hispanic/Latino communities in North Carolina with health providers, care, education, information and support.
Cafecito and tele-town hall panelists will discuss the following:
- Ways to find health care providers and vaccines
- La Semana Binacional de Salud (Binational Health Week)
- Breast cancer and its impact on the Hispanic/Latino community
- Importance of regular checkups and preventative screenings
The Cafecito will stream live from the NCDHHS Facebook, Twitter and YouTube accounts, where viewers can submit questions. The event also includes a tele-town hall, which invites people by phone to listen in and submit questions. People can also dial into the event by calling 855-756-7520 Ext. 95266#.
NCDHHS' Cafecito's and tele-town halls are part of the state's ongoing public efforts to ensure equitable access to timely health information, resources and vaccines, and eliminate health disparities.
- NC Department of Health and Human Services
- 2001 Mail Service Center
- Raleigh, NC 27699-2001
- Ph: (919) 855-4840