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Johns Hopkins Bayview News - New Center Focuses on Latino Health Needs

Winter 2014

New Center Focuses on Latino Health Needs

Date: February 3, 2014


Lisa DeCamp, M.D., discussing healthy habits with Marlene Aza and her sons, Marlon and Angelo
Lisa DeCamp, M.D., discusses healthy habits with Marlene Aza and her sons, Marlon, left, and Angelo, right.

Building on a decade of providing health services to the Latino community, Johns Hopkins Medicine has created a Center of Excellence for Latino Health, located at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. The Center, which opened in summer 2013, emphasizes a family-centered, multidisciplinary approach to health, and brings together medicine, pediatrics, gynecology and obstetrics, and psychiatry.

“Addressing the health care needs of Latino families in a comprehensive way will be our number one priority,” says Tina Cheng, M.D., director of the Center and director of pediatrics at Johns Hopkins Bayview. In this venture, she partners with Sarah Polk, M.D., a pediatrician in the Children’s Medical Practice at Johns Hopkins Bayview; and Kathleen Page, M.D., and Adriana Andrade, M.D., infectious diseases specialists at The Johns Hopkins Hospital.

“We plan to enhance our efforts by learning from the Latino community about their health needs, then developing programs to address them—incorporating cultural awareness education, training of our health professionals and research on health disparities,” says Dr. Cheng.

The Center of Excellence for Latino Health was made possible by a gift from the Aaron and Lillie Straus Foundation and matching funds provided by leaders of The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, The Johns Hopkins Health System and Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.

Did You Know?

Compared to the overall U.S. population, Latinos have:

  • reduced access to quality care
  • limited health literacy
  • low parental satisfaction with care
  • greater unmet medical needs
  • higher rates of injuries and preventable complications of illness

Johns Hopkins Bayview currently has several programs geared toward the Latino community:

  • The Latino Family Advisory Board
  • Crianza y Salud (parenting classes based at the Children’s Medical Practice)
  • Hispanic community mental health clinic
  • HOLA (Hopkins Organization for Latino Awareness)

Additional work by the Center’s faculty includes a bi-monthly health column published in a Latino periodical; a Spanish language radio program on El Zol, the largest Latino HIV outreach program in Baltimore; and pro-bono provision of care at La Esperanza Center.

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