By Marcela Vargas, Project Coordinator, NCLR Institute for Hispanic Health
With less than one month to go until the 2015 NCLR Health Summit in sunny San Antonio, we’re putting together the finishing touches and looking forward to a fun and informative event!
The 2015 NCLR Health Summit will explore how our everyday surroundings—the places we live, work, and play—impact Latino health, as well as the steps we can take to address challenges and maximize our physical and mental well-being.
In planning the Health Summit, I’m in charge of making sure the details come together for a successful event. Here are the top three things I’m personally looking forward to at the 2015 NCLR Health Summit.
- Learning more about the built environment and how we can work within it to better the health of the Latino community
We often hear about how important the environment is in impacting our health and how where we live can affect life expectancy. I’m excited to learn about the innovative ways Latino-serving community organizations have advocated for healthier communities. Not only will we learn what others have done, but we will also gain skills in digital and grassroots advocacy through hands-on trainings. In addition, I look forward to discussing the future of Latino health as it pertains to the Affordable Care Act.
- Hearing about the work our Affiliates are doing through our Poster Board Networking Reception
At NCLR, we always say the relationships with our community-based Affiliate organizations are at the heart of our work and are key to our success. We are proud to have an Affiliate Network with organizations that do important and innovative work to increase opportunities within the Latino community. In this spirit, Affiliates are invited to share their work and learn from their colleagues at other organizations during the Health Summit Poster Board and Networking Reception.
- Connecting with our wonderful NCLR Affiliates
The NCLR Health Summit provides ample opportunities for the community-based organizations in the NCLR Affiliate Network to get to know and connect with colleagues they see infrequently. The Health Summit is also a great way for NCLR Health Staff to connect with the Affiliates we don’t see nearly enough.Come Join Us at the 2015 NCLR Health Summit!
Are you interested in joining us in San Antonio? Registration is still open; discounts are available for NCLR Affiliates and students. The last day to reserve your housing is Friday, September 4. I look forward to seeing you in San Antonio!