Who we are, how people see us?

The 4th of July weekend was a great time to disconnect from the routine, spend time with myself and hang out with good friends. What a better way than having brunch in the morning and drinks at night. For a foreign person who is living by himself in another country and away from his family, friends become family. This means they know all the good and bad in my life.

While we were having drinks, we started talking about deeper topics such as personal experiences in life. One of my friends talked about a terrible experience he had on a date where he felt emotionally attacked by a guy who had bad overall impression of him, based on personal characteristics; what were those characteristics? Living in Chelsea, being in shape and caring about fashion. Based on these three elements, the guy told him (in a funny way) that he was a “Chelsea Boy”. My friends immediately asked him what that was. The guy defined this as a shallow, cocky and promiscuous person. But that wasn’t the first time that he had to hear that from people on dates. Continue reading

Guzzling sweet tea, noshing on peach pie, training up a storm and making new friends: All in a summer day’s work

Traveling the US guzzling sweet tea, noshing on peach pie, training up a storm and making new friends: All in a summer day’s work

Although New York is the city that never sleeps, there is such a thing as casual Fridays in the summertime in some offices. The thought being that kids are out of school, people go on vacations and there is some blistering in the sun going on. Supposedly, the workplace slows down an weensy bitsy bit in the summer. Can’t speak for all my colleagues, but I assuredly am looking forward to replenishing my vitamin D reserves the natural way. That is, out in the sun.

However, the summer time is never a time of calm and quiet for us. How’s this for starters: we will be in Miami, Los Angeles, Houston, St. Paul, Portland, DC, Atlanta, upstate New York, Chapel Hill and many more places. We will be hitting the road to meet up with colleagues, partners and vast audiences.  We will, as a result, see new and familiar landscapes, guzzle a ton of sweet tea, nosh on peach pie and talk a lot.  We will document for you all our successes and travails and keep you updated on our fitness challenge while out on the road. Shhh. My team doesn’t know that last part yet. Let’s keep that between us.

We hope to be releasing reports on the needs of Latinos in the deep south and manuscripts on breaking new twitter data.  We will be busy creating a new leadership institute devoted to innovative organizations?  We will be premiering new trainings per your requests and needs. There is no work respite and we’re like that and with that.

We invite you to join us on our cool summer tour. We have yet to be in Idaho or South Dakota. Here’s hoping one of you sends us an invite out there. We’d love to visit and partner with you as we continue to strive to reach a world without AIDS.

May your summer be filled with zest!

Post by Miriam Y. vega, PhD @miriamyvega

Inspired by the Daily Prompt of In the Summertime

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And then there were a hundred!!!

We have posted our 100th blog article and we want to take a moment to thank all of our followers! The Institute for Hispanic Health Equity has been blogging for the past year with the intention of raising awareness and discussion on bridging the gap in health disparities throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. A big thank you to all our readers and followers for helping us spread the word!

In case you missed them, here are the top ten most popular articles as of today:

Please scroll bellow and take a look at what our followers are saying too…
THANK YOU!

Raise your hand if you like change

A few questions for this sunny Thursday morning:

1. How many times in the last week have you heard the news, your boss, our president, your partner, or your kid’s teacher talk about how things have to change and we have to take action?
2. How many times to do you agree?
3. How many times to you know HOW to make the change?

If you are like most people, you have a high number for question 1, lower for question 2, and even lower for question 3.  It is undeniable that we are confronted with pressure to change from all directions these days. In the workplace, we talk about “change management” and “change leadership,” and this is especially true in the health field. We can’t even talk about the field without talking about change. As such, many our leaders are (or should be) taking a step back and refreshing our strategies for making the large-scale changes that are required of the Affordable Care Act. This is no simple change that we are looking at. Many of us at community based organizations have to look at the core of who we are – our mission, our name, our clients – to figure out how to move forward in the coming years. This is a transformational change. As stated by Dean Anderson and Linda Ackerman Anderson of Being First, Inc:

“Transformation demands a shift in human awareness that completely alters the way the organization and its people see the world, customers, work and themselves” Continue reading

Hot off the Press…

Challenge accepted! The bloggers of The Hispanic Health Equity have created a bookshelf containing an array of volumes that express our interests and favorite subjects to be published (crossing fingers here) as part of the BYOB(ookworm) Daily Prompt

Please scroll and read through, comment and let us know what you think…

Hispanics as the Sleeping Giant: By Miriam Vega

Hispanics as the Sleeping Giant
Written By: Miriam Vega
Follow @miriamyvega

We are Latino@ in the Deep South: By Erik Valera

We are Latin@ in the Deep South
Written By: Erik Valera
Follow @LatinoDeepSouth

Altered States: By Emily Klukas

Altered States
Written By: Emily Klukas

How to Deal with People and Stay Classy!: By Ruben Rios

How to Deal with People and Stay Classy!
Written By: Ruben Rios

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