Making an Impact
Ventanilla de Salud Project
The Consulate General of Mexico in Los Angeles and the California Hispanic Osteoporosis Foundation (CHOF) are teaming up to perform for the first time bone density heel screenings and provide educational materials about osteoporosis.
The purpose of the Ventanilla de Salud (VDS) is to improve access to health services for immigrants of Mexican origin by formalizing a health education, medical home referral and insurance enrollment program within the Consulate General of Mexico in Los Angeles (Consulate).
The target population is immigrant families of Mexican origin who do not have access to medical services and health education in Los Angeles County.
CHOF is the only bilingual osteoporosis heel screening and educational material provider
to work with the Ventanilla de Salud project.
"El arte la calavera”
CHOF believes bones are a beautiful part of our lives. Therefore, we have created a page to highlight community organizations that celebrate “la calavera” (literally, "the skull"), past and present, and exhibit the art of good bone health.
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Why CHOF Matters
Recent studies show a dramatic rise in osteoporosis among Latinos, California’s fastest-aging population.
However, CHOF's research in similar demographic areas over last two years indicate that osteoporosis is under-diagnosed in Hispanic populations and that there is a greater incidence of low-bone density among Latinos than had ever been reported.
These trends make CHOF an indispensable part of the national healthcare landscape. CHOF’s current programs include culturally appropriate prevention education, grassroots outreach providing heel BMD screenings with the Consulate General of Mexico, physician and Promotora (community health workers) training regarding osteoporosis treatment and management, creating linguistically appropriate educational materials, public policy and advocacy, social marketing to educate the community and increase attendance for screenings, and – ultimately – to prevent this debilitating disease that can result in fatal outcomes.