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San Mateo County Partners Host 5th Annual Latino Health Forum
¡Sana, Sana, Colita de Rana! Cuidate Hoy Para Un Mejor Mañana

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To support the Latino community’s physical and emotional health, the San Mateo County Latino Collaborative is hosting the 5th Annual Latino Health Forum, ¡Sana, Sana! “Colita de Rana! Cuidate Hoy Para Un Mejor Mañana,” or “Take Care of Yourself Today for a Better Tomorrow,” highlighting the event’s focus on a healthy mind, body, and spirit.

Healthy changes are happening in neighborhoods across San Mateo County, and more can be done to improve the health of all residents. Many Latinos experience stress resulting from poor housing, abuse, trauma, stigma, discrimination, assimilation, and acculturation issues. These life stressors can lead to mental health conditions and substance use disorders, yet less than one in 11 Latinos who suffer from mental health problems get professional help.

This free event will be held Saturday, November 4, 2017 from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Community Counseling Center, 2415 University Ave. in East Palo Alto. This year’s theme is “¡Convivamos juntos, para una vida sana!” which translates to “Coming together for a healthy life!”

“It’s more important than ever that we send a clear message to our Latino community that we are here for them and they are aware of all of the services available for their health and well-being,” said David A. Young, PhD, MPH, Director of Behavioral Health and Recovery Services, a division of the San Mateo County Health System. “Sana Sana provides an opportunity to join together and discover important and fun ways to maintain emotional and physical wellness.”

The presentations will focus on immigration, mental health, and suicide prevention. Panelists will share personal stories of hope and resilience. This year’s keynote speaker is Sarahi Espinoza Salamanca, founder and CEO of DREAMers Roadmap. Presentations will be in Spanish with English translation.

Resource tables will be available with information about different services and opportunities in San Mateo County, including health insurance coverage. Resources will be available in English and Spanish. 

There will be activities for all ages, such as raffles, Zumba, and children’s activities – as well as food for all attendees.

Participants can also stop by nearby Ravenswood Family Health Center at 1885 Bay Rd. from 8:30am – 12:00pm for a free flu shot – no appointment, ID or health insurance needed. For a list of all flu clinic locations in English and Spanish visit www.smchealth.org/flu or call (650) 573-3927.

For more information, visit www.smchealth.org/sanasana.

Interviews available in Spanish and English by request.

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