Thursday, April 28, 2005


Contact: Susan Myers 412-725-4619 or by May 20th.

The Pittsburgh Latino Health Advocacy and Leadership Program (LHAL) is using a technique known in public health as "Photovoices" to capture community themes and strengths using photographic images as a way to assess Latino health in the Greater Pittsburgh area. LHAL will mount an exhibit of these images this Fall ’05 accompanied by four (4) special lectures, one each week of the exhibit to increase awareness and support of public health, medical providers and policy-makers of the Latino culture and its health.

LHAL is offering a mentor stipend of $1,200 to a photographer/artist to work with five (5) teams of 2-3 Latinos or supporters of Latino health. A supplies allotment of $300 is also available for digital printing. The mentor or lead photographer will be responsible for contributing to the exhibit by shooting images as a part of each of the teams and possibly on their own; mentoring the scholar photographers as they choose shots and print images; printing the final images for the exhibit; and participating in the curating team for the exhibit.

Five (5) members of the Latino community will be enrolled in the Filmmaker's short course digital photography on a scholarship from LHAL. Each of the scholars will contribute 2-3 images for possible inclusion in the exhibit.

The mentor/lead photographer will likely spend 3-5 hours a week on average from mid-June through mid-October for this project. Theme teams will supply their own digital or regular film camera. All photographers will have to give consent to LHAL, as represented by Health Equity Associates, LLC to reproduce images in policy papers, articles, web pages, and mount exhibit in spaces other than Pittsburgh Filmmakers after the project’s debut, all with proper attribution to the artist/photographer, original exhibit and funders/partners.

We are also looking for volunteers who are adept at mounting photographs and preparing shows.

There will be a Photovoices informational meeting on Saturday May 14 at Pittsburgh Filmmakers from 10 am - 11 am for all interested parties.

Contact Sue Myers at 412-725-4619 or by May 20 to arrange an interview, including portfolio review, with members of the Pittsburgh LHAL group. If you use email, please try to put the word "Photovoices" in the subject heading.


Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Important LHAL Pittsburgh upcoming dates:

On Wednesday April 20 at 10 am in Sue's Office 6401 Penn Ave Suite 300 we will be stuffing Latino health information bags. Special thanks to Peggy Toomey and Lora Ann Bray of NCI's Cancer Information Service and an LHAL member for securing material from Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, American Cancer Society and others.

On Saturday April 23, 4pm - ? We will disseminate Latino health information at the 2nd Annual Arepazo (Venezuelan) event.

On Sunday May 8 (Mother’s Day) time starting at 8:45am we will join other Latinos for the Race for the Cure -- stay tuned for details on when and where to meet -- we will have a banner for Latinos to walk behind.

On Saturday May 21 (time to be announced) we will disseminate Latino health information at the Chilean picnic at Moraine State Park.

On Thursday June 16 at 11 am (place to be announced) we will hold a press conference to announce our LHAL to the general public, showcasing our collaborative partner Living Beyond Breast Cancer (LBBC) and our work to create support for Latina breast cancer survivors in Western Pennsylvania.

On Thursday June 16, 6pm - 8 pm at Dowe's on Ninth Street (PGH) we will sponsor a reception to celebrate LHAL's work in particular our partnership with LBBC -- tapas and non-alcoholic beverages will be served, music and remarks. This will be followed by salsa classes from 8pm - 9pm then from 9pm on there will be a live band for even more Latin celebration!

On Saturday June 18, 8:30 am - 4:40 pm in Irwin we will have a table at the Irwin ethic festival to disseminate Latin health information and possibly pilot test "Pasion del Corazon", a Latino heart health screening in collaboration with American Heart Association and PA DOH and others -- this is a project which originated out of the Dia de la Mujer Latina-Philadelphia event/team.


Monday, April 11, 2005

Request: survey for PA Latino Health Summit

Dear fellow classmates,

I hope you are able to share your thoughts in the upcoming Latino health summit in our state:


The Governor’s Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs (GACLA), in conjunction with the PA Department of Health, invites you to participate in the planning process for the May 2005 Latino Summit on Health. By completing the survey below, you will be providing the planning committee with essential information to help tailor a program agenda.

The survey will take approximately 5-10 minutes to complete. Please note: the turn around time is two weeks; this survey will conclude on April 15, 2005. Join us in making this summit a success, respond now! URL:

Thank you for your valuable input.


N. Catherine Bazán-Arias, Ph.D., P.E.
Allegheny County Commissioner
Governor's Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs