Latino Summit: A Gathering for Hope and Help
Last week, CSCVVSB hosted a Latino Cancer Support Summit in Westlake Village. Professional staff from several Cancer Support Communities gathered to share best practices, develop outreach strategies, and enhance resources to help the Hispanic community access cancer support programs.
The invited attendees were selected licensed therapists and professional staff from eight Cancer Support Communities that have developed Latino outreach programs. Guest speakers included Rigoberto Vargas, MPH, Public Health Director, Ventura County Health Care Agency.
Research shows that a higher percentage of the Latino population have limited access to healthcare plus have multiple other challenges including language, transportation and economic hardship for missing work. It makes dealing with cancer, treatments and navigating healthcare systems even more difficult. By helping them overcome these barriers, and providing culturally competent care, we can more effectively service this population, and make a difference in the lives of Latinos affected by cancer.
Many thanks to the Amgen Foundation for their financial support of this program. “The Amgen Foundation is committed to supporting programs that give all patients equal access to quality healthcare,” said Jeanette Schulz, Senior Manager, Corporate Contributions, Amgen. “We are proud to support the Cancer Support Community in its work to eliminate the barriers experienced by Spanish-speaking cancer patients and guarantee that patients receive timely and appropriate care.”
Please click here to learn more about the free programs and services offered in Spanish and English by the Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/Santa Barbara.