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This podcast is a weekly production of Salud America!, the Institute for Health Promotion Research at The UT Health San Antonio’s media organization. This project aims to inform listeners of health inequities and trends impacting the Latino community.


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This podcast is a weekly production of Salud America!, the Institute for Health Promotion Research at The UT Health San Antonio’s media organization. This project aims to inform listeners of health inequities and trends impacting the Latino community.




The Role of Rural Healthcare Workers in Infection Control

Dr. Trinidad Solis describes the vital role rural healthcare workers play in infection control, especially for COVID-19.


Why Are Nurses the Key to Infection Control?

Nurses play a vast role in preventing the development of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) and the spread of infectious diseases, such as COVID-19. In this episode, Dr. Anna Maria Valdez, PhD, RN, CEN, CFRN, CNE, FAEN, FAADN, a senior contributing faculty member at Walden University; Gloria Barrera, MSN, RN, PEL-CSN, a certified school nurse at a public high school outside of Chicago; and Dr. Michelle Crespo-Fierro, PhD, MPH, RN, AACRN, a clinical assistant professor at New York...


Special Salud Talks CDC Project Firstline Episode 1

Health screeners, patient navigators, and promotoras often are the first line of defense against the spread of disease in healthcare settings, as they deliver patient assessment and education services in hospitals, clinics, cancer centers, and in the community. In this episode, Dolores Garcia, a community health worker at the Institute for Health Promotion Research at UT Health San Antonio; Dr. Judith Flores, MD FAAP, CHCQM, a board-certified pediatrician and Clinical Associate Professor at...


Prehabilitation and What It Means for Latinos

Loriana Hernandez, an Emmy award-winning journalist and cancer survivor joins Salud Talks to discuss prehabilitation and what it means for Latinos.


How to Empathetically Discuss the COVID-19 Vaccine

The COVID-19 vaccine is a contentious topic for many Latinos and Americans. The divide between those who are vaccinated and those who are unsure or don’t want to get the shot grows wider every day. But we can use compassion and cultural relevancy when promoting vaccine benefits with our loved ones who are unsure about the shot!


COVID-19 and Health Disparities Impacting Latinos

Health disparities have impacted Latinos for many years. Worse, the COVID-19 pandemic only worsened these inequities. Still, these issues have gained national attention, and, hopefully, spur action, change. Recently, experts from the National Institutes of Health and UT Health San Antonio joined our Salud Talks podcast to discuss the COVID-19, health inequities, and the struggles Latinos face in the US today.


Understanding COVID-19, Part 2: Distribution of a Safe Vaccine

Recently, experts from the National Institutes of Health joined our Salud Talks podcast to discuss the COVID-19 vaccine and the “scientific pathway” that ensures safety for those who receive such treatment. Now we’re talking all about the design of vaccine clinical trials and how they’re conducted.


Understanding COVID-19, Part 1: Safety and the Vaccine

Despite its widespread success, there has been some misunderstanding about the COVID-19 vaccine. In hopes of addressing these issues, we sit down with medical providers, researchers, and even a COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial participant. These experts provide a greater understanding of the treatment and why it is so safe.


The New Normal

Salud Talks' co-hosts and producers, Tenoch Aztecatl and Josh McCormack discuss this new normal, the struggles we are facing, how we have adapted, and what the experts are saying about the current state of the world.


Addressing White Privilege

The Black Lives Matter movement has sparked a conversation about race and prejudice in America. One of the key factors in that discussion is the privileges afforded to whites, and how those benefits harm communities of color. Dr. Rogelio Sáenz, the Dean of the College of Public Policy and the Mark G. Yudof Endowed Chair at the University of Texas at San Antonio, joins Salud Talks to discuss this issue and what the members of that community can do to make a difference.


Black Lives Matter

In light of the recent tragedies, co-hosts Tenoch Aztecatl and Josh McCormack discuss systemic injustice as well as the violence committed against communities of color.


Creating Through Crisis

With the current spread of the current novel coronavirus, many with creative passions—ranging from painting to woodworking to storytelling—are facing new difficulties, especially in their ability to produce work. Tenoch Aztecatl, the producer of this podcast and video producer at Salud America, joins Salud Talks to discuss inspiration, innovation, and imagination — as well as how the global crisis has impacted those pursuits.


Communicating COVID-19

As the COVID-19 pandemic sweeps throughout the U.S., medical experts say that mixed messaging coming from civic leaders in Washington has led to worse outcomes for everyday individuals and a successful stop to the spread. Today, Dr. Jason Rosenfeld, the Assistant Director of Global Health at UT Health San Antonio joins Salud Talks to discuss his career in health communications, and how that experience is informing his work to disseminate knowledge about the outbreak.


Hereditary Sickness

Last week, we discussed how high levels of stress could influence the development of cancer. This week, we explore another risk factor in cancer development — genetics. A person’s family or place of origin, even dating back years and years, can influence that individual’s risk for certain types of cancers.


Stress and Cancer

Stress can lead to serious health complications, according to Cathy Samayoa, an adjunct assistant professor at San Francisco State University. She and Dr. Daniel C Hughes with the Institute for Health Promotions Research join Salud Talks to discuss their research concerning connections between stress and cancer development.


Whitewashing Medical Research

Statistically, Latinos and people of color are vastly underrepresented in these kinds of exploratory efforts. This matters as the knowledge gained and disseminated in these studies could influence whether or not a patient receives adequate care.


Healthcare Access, or Lack Thereof

As the coronavirus pandemic sweeps throughout the US, one personal and political issue is taking center stage for most: the cost of and access to quality healthcare. Statistically, Latinos and other disadvantaged groups experience some of the worst outcomes of those concerns. Moreover, experts say it will only get worse as this outbreak endures.


Mindfulness During an Epidemic

Unique stressors, such as sheltering in place the time or experiencing new financial struggles, are causing issues in most homes throughout the U.S. While these problems might not be resolved in the near future, as civic and business leaders deal with the consequences of the outbreak, it is essential that Latinos and all Americans find ways to battle back against these mental health complications.


Mental Health and the Global Pandemic

The coronavirus outbreak has caused severe changes to the fabric of our society. One issue that is at the forefront of many healthcare providers’ minds is something most might not have considered being an issue before: mental health.


Reworking Recycling

Amid a global pandemic, most find themselves inside their homes more than ever. While this is tough for some and easier for others, one thing is apparent: Many are asking some tough questions, including, are the systems that are currently in place operating in the best interest of everyone? In January, we sat down with government officials from ReWorks San Antonio, an agency of the city’s Solid Waste Management Department, that aims to connect businesses to cost-effective recycling solutions...