Breathe it in! Asthma, Culture, and Language in Hispanic Families




Session Description

Asthma is a complex chronic medical condition. Cultural and language barriers can add to this challenge. Nuestra Salud (NS), a community-based organization created and managed by community health workers (CHWs), partnered with the New Mexico Department of Health’s Asthma Control Program to improve asthma care within the Hispanic and Spanish-speaking populations. This project was developed to identify and document strengths and concerns within a community, promote dialogue among families and providers, and educate the public and policymakers about the challenges of asthma control in Hispanic families.

Learning Objectives

     #1 Describe the increased cultural understanding about Hispanic families who have children with asthma.
     #2 Explain the photovoice method.
     #3 Identify at least one environmental factor, one key stakeholder, and one key resource important to asthma control among Hispanic, Spanish-speaking New Mexico communities.

About the Presenter

Presenter, Maria Ullao-Otero's headshotMaria Ulloa Otero, Director, Nuestra Salud
Maria Ulloa Otero is an immigrant, community leader, public health educator, and grassroots activist committed to social justice who empowers communities to be active in their own healthcare. She has been a public health professional for more than 23 years and co-founded Nuestra Salud, a community-based organization whose mission is to reduce health disparities affecting Hispanic communities in New Mexico through research, training, and outreach. Maria works with minority populations to provide health education on maternal-child health, reproductive rights, tobacco-use prevention, chronic-disease risk factors, and end-of-life options. Her work has been published in peer-reviewed journals and lay media. She has provided numerous interviews, in English and Spanish, addressing the entire trajectory of public health and received national and international awards for her professional accomplishments.

Continuing Education

This presentation has been approved for the following continuing education units:

Approving BoardProfessionsCEUs Offered
NMBCCHPBehavioral Health Providers1.5

This presentation meets the requirements of a cultural awareness subject area as required by the NASW-NM licensing board. 

To receive credit, you must attend the session in its entirety and complete the session evaluation within 48 hours of the session conclusion. 

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May 12 2020


10:00 am - 11:00 am




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