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Bilingual report — NAU conducting study of Latinx community and COVID-19

By NAU Center for Health Equity Research

NAU Center for Health Equity Research and the Coconino County Health & Human Services are conducting a study on how the Latinx community is dealing with problems after having COVID-19.

This confidential conversation will give us valuable information to help us create healthier communities.

Participants will receive a $10 gift card.

You must: 

  • Be 18 years or older
  • Live in northern Arizona

Details:

Complete a short survey & join a 90-minute in-person or virtual group conversation 

  • Date TBD, 2022 at 6pm
  • Participation is voluntary
  • What you share will help create educational tools and resources for your community

Contact Sara Shuman at Sara.shuman@nau.edu for more information.

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¡Hola! Solo quisieríamos compartir información sobre la investigación que se está realizando aquí en la Universidad del Norte de Arizona relacionada con la comunidad hispana y latinx. El Centro de Investigación de Equidad en Salud de NAU y los Servicios Humanos y de Salud del Condado de Coconino están realizando un estudio sobre cómo la comunidad latinx está lidiando con las problemas después de contraer el COVID-19. La información obtenida será confidencial y se utilizará para ayudar a crear comunidades más saludables. La participación en el estudio es completamente voluntaria, pero recibirá Vd. una tarjeta de regalo de $10. Para ser elegible para el estudio, debe tener 18 años o más y vivir en el norte de Arizona. El estudio consiste de un cuestionario corto y participación en una conversación grupal presencial o virtual de 90 minutos. Si tiene alguna pregunta o desea obtener más información, no dude en comunicarse con Sara.shuman@nau.edu.

— Traducción por Andres Huerta

Bilingual report — Participants needed for NAU study: The influence of Native American genetic ancestry in Hispanics in northern Arizona: an investigation of insulin in endothelial function and blood pressure regulation

FLAGSTAFF — The Cardiovascular Regulation Laboratory in the Department of Biological Sciences at NAU is seeking to recruit individuals of Hispanic background for a National Institutes of Health funded research study.

What are we studying?

We are specifically interested in how an individual’s genetic make-up influences their ability to process sugar.  We will relate your genetic make-up and ability to process sugar to how your body responds to tests that alter your blood pressure.  Some of these tests include getting images of a vessel in your upper arm, a test where you place your hand in very cold water, a mental math test (subtraction), and an exercise test.

There are also some blood draws in this study and a day where you will wear a blood pressure monitor for a full 24-hr period.  We will provide some of these results to you.

The total time commitment is about 7.5 hrs with one screening visit, three study visits to the lab plus one quick visit just to return the blood pressure monitor.

In order to participate, you must be: generally healthy, between 18-45 years old, non-smoking or tobacco/nicotine product using, not have high blood pressure, and not be overweight.

Why is this research important?

Health disparities exist and our work will help answer whether part of this is related to a person’s genetic make-up.  Our Laboratory’s long-term goal is to help find answers related to health disparities as they relate to cardiovascular regulation and determine what intervention strategies might be appropriate.

Contact information:

You will be compensated $150 for participating in the study.  If you are interested, please call our Laboratory at (928) 523-8629 or email CVLab@nau.edu to see if you qualify. Dr. Sara Jarvis is the Principal Investigator of the study.  If you have any questions about this research, you may reach her directly at Sara.Jarvis@nau.edu

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¡Hola! El otra investigacion se está realizando aquí en la Universidad del Norte de Arizona con el Laboratorio de Regulación Cardiovascular.

¿Qué estamos investigando?

Estamos específicamente interesados en conocer cómo la composición genética de un individuo influye en su capacidad para procesar el azúcar. Relacionaremos su composición genética y su capacidad para procesar el azúcar con la forma en que su cuerpo responde a las pruebas que alteran su presión arterial. Algunas de estas pruebas incluyen obtener una muestra de una vena en la parte superior del brazo, una prueba en la que coloca la mano en agua muy fría, una prueba de cálculo mental (restar) y una prueba de ejercicio.

También hay algunas extracciones de sangre en esta investigacíon y un día en que se usará un monitor de presión arterial durante un período completo de 24 horas. Le proporcionaremos algunos de estos resultados. El compromiso de tiempo total es de aproximadamente 7.5 horas con una visita de detección, tres visitas de estudio al laboratorio, más una visita rápida solo para devolver el monitor de presión arterial. Para participar, debe ser: en general saludable, entre 18 y 45 años de edad, no fumar ni usar productos de tabaco/nicotina, no tener presión arterial alta y no tener sobrepeso.

¿Por qué es importante esta investigación? Existen disparidades de salud y nuestro trabajo ayudará a responder si parte de esto está relacionado con la composición genética de una persona. El objetivo a largo plazo de nuestro laboratorio es ayudar a encontrar respuestas relacionadas con las disparidades de salud en relación con la regulación cardiovascular y determinar qué estrategias de intervención podrían ser apropiadas. Hay un pago de $150 por participar en el estudio. Si usted o alguien que conoce está interesado, ¡realmente nos vendría bien la ayuda! Puede enviarnos un correo electrónico a CVLAB@NAU.EDU o escanear el código QR para ser dirigido a nuestro formulario de interés de estudio.

— Traducción por Andres Huerta

Coconino County celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month through Oct. 15 with variety of events, programs

See links for variety Coconino County and area upcoming events.

COCONINO COUNTY — Coconino County has announced that it is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15) with variety of upcoming events and programs.

On Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2022, the Coconino County Board of Supervisors signed the Coconino County Proclamation designating Sept. 15-Oct. 15, 2022 as Hispanic Heritage Month. Reading the proclamation were Coconino Hispanic Advisory Council (CHAC) Vice President Dani Donaldson of Northern Arizona University and CHAC member and former chair Frank X. Moraga of www.AmigosNAZ.com

The Coconino County and the Board of Supervisors recognize cultural diversity as a core value of our organization; empowering the intersecting and overlapping social identities with a focus on equity, social justice, and actions and move our communities forward.

Please click on calendar below for links to a variety of Coconino County online and virtual presentations that were held Sept. 15 through Oct. 15, 2022.

Also see other countywide upcoming Hispanic Heritage Month events:

Celebrating Hispanic, Latiné Heritage Month at NAU

By Northern Arizona University News

National Hispanic, Latiné Heritage month is celebrated every year from Sept. 15 through Oct.15. This month-long celebration traditionally honors the culture, history and contributions of the Hispanic and Latiné communities.  

“I love Hispanic Heritage Month,” said Erik Perez, president of the Latiné Student Union (LSU) at NAU. “It makes me feel like my people get recognized for all the things we bring to this country;, between migrant workers providing all the food at our tables to community leaders that motivate us to shoot for the stars.”  

LSU’s mission on campus is to promote, amplify and celebrate the Hispanic and Latiné  students by allowing them to come together and embrace unity.

“As a first-generation college student and American, I still feel a deep connection to my roots,” Perez said. “My parents came to this country with nothing and gave me everything. This is a story that many of my friends share. It’s a connection that makes us admire our culture that much more. Hispanic Heritage Month is our time to show off the ‘cultura’ that we are so proud to be a part of!” 

Beginning Sept. 15, Northern Arizona University is celebrating Hispanic, Latiné heritage with a variety of events hosted by NAU’s Office of Inclusion (IMQ), Ethnic Studies and other groups. Through these events, NAU strives to honor the culture, history and diversity of individuals in the Latiné community. 

Ongoing schedule of events 

Dec. 8, 3-4 p.m. 

Student Affairs Spanish Conversation Tables— “Las Maravillas de Invierno” 

University Union, Grand Canyon Room (#230) 

Open to NAU faculty and staff. Register before the event. 

CHAC, supporters celebrate Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces’ 2022 Tardeada Festival

Veterans honored for their service by visitors who also enjoyed a mild Summer day featuring mariachi music, folklorico performance, dancing, Mexican food and more.

The Coconino Hispanic Advisory Council (CHAC) was well represented at the 2022 Tardeada Festival on Aug. 20, 2022 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Flagstaff.

FLAGSTAFF — Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces honored the region’s Hispanic roots by celebrating the seventh annual “Flagstaff Summertime Tardeada — Mariachi and Folklorico Festival” on Saturday, Aug. 20, 2022 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church south of downtown Flagstaff.

The Coconino Hispanic Advisory Council was well represented at the 2022 Tardeada Festival. Joining board member Frank Moraga at the CHAC information table were CHAC members Esteban Villarreal and Patty Garcia.

The free event drew more than 250 people with the entertainment stage featuring El Mariachi Tapatio de Tucson, dance music by La Banda Las Catrinas from Tucson, Ballet Folklorico de Colores de Flagstaff.

The highlight of the event included the presentation of certificates honoring the service of all veterans who attended the celebration.

What is a Tardeada? It’s a vibrant afternoon festival and social dance celebrating Flagstaff’s Hispanic culture and community history. The Coconino County Board of Supervisors and the Coconino Hispanic Advisory Council (CHAC) were the premier sponsors.

During the event, Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces thanked all sponsors, individuals and organizations that contributed to the successful event.

Visit www.AmigosNAZ.com to see slideshows of photos and the entire story HERE

Joining board member Frank Moraga, above, at the CHAC information table were CHAC members Esteban Villarreal and Patty Garcia, below.

Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces’s 7th annual Flagstaff Summertime Tardeada on Aug. 20 raises cultural awareness, promotes understanding in Coconino County

Free event, which has drawn upwards of 400 guests, provides cultural education to community, honors all veterans in region.

FLAGSTAFF — To celebrate and recognize Flagstaff’s Hispanic roots, Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces will present its 7th annual “Flagstaff Summertime Tardeada — Mariachi and Folklorico Festival” from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, 224 S. Kendrick St., Flagstaff.

The event is FREE, open to the public and has drawn upwards of 400 visitors in past years. 

What is a Tardeada? It’s a vibrant afternoon festival and social dance celebrating Flagstaff’s Hispanic culture and community history. The Coconino County Board of Supervisors has served as the premier sponsor at past events.

The festival’s goal is to celebrate the legacy of Flagstaff’s Hispanic culture through entertainment, music, dance, art, food and exhibits. Veterans of all cultural backgrounds and their families are encouraged to to attend so they can participate in the traditional group photo and receive their veterans recognition certificates.

The entertainment stage will feature Mariachi performers, Ballet Folklorico de Colores – Flagstaff and a variety of dance music, Mexican and regular barbeque food will be sold as a fundraiser for the Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces’ Cultural Heritage Fund.

Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church is a significant historic site because it was the pride and centerpiece of the Hispanic community when it was built in the late 1920s by Flagstaff Hispanic pioneer families, who had strong bonds to the church.

A Mariachi Mass is traditionally held the following Sunday, (11 a.m. Aug. 21) at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church.

The public is invited to both events.

For more information, www.flagstaffnuestrasraices.org or send an email to president@flagstaffnuestrasraices.org or info@flagstaffnuestrasraices.org for more information.