We got published in the JHCPU!

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Our journal article, “Testimonios, A Mental Health Support Group for Latino Immigrants in an Emergent Latino Community”, has been published in the May 2018 issue of the Journal of Healthcare for the Poor and Underserved!

This article discusses in-depth the study Centro SOL and I conducted to assess participant experiences for improvement of services within the Testimonios program and to identify major themes of discussion within the sessions linked to the migratory experience and barriers to healthcare utilization within the East Baltimore Latinx community. The results of the study, which was completed in January 2017, inspired this blog and the May 2018 photography show you’ve read about on this blog because I wanted to humanize the statistics I had generated from the study.

If you’d like to read the article, check it out in the journal’s online version here: Testimonios, A Mental Health Support Group. You may need to use your institution ID to log-in to access the article. If you are unable to read it online, you can view the PDF I’ve uploaded here: Testimonios A Mental Health Support Group.

If you’d like to cite the article in your own writings, here is the citation information in MLA format: Jalisi, Alizay & Vazquez, Monica Guerrero & Bucay-Harari, Linda & Giusti, Flor & Contreras, Jessica & Batkis, Donna & Batkis, Marcelo & Polk, Sarah & Cook, Barbara & Page, Kathleen R.”Testimonios, A Mental Health Support Group for Latino Immigrants in an Emergent Latino Community.” Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, vol. 29 no. 2, 2018, pp. 623-632. Project MUSE, muse.jhu.edu/article/694354.

Please also note the copyright information: Copyright © 2018 Meharry Medical College. This article first appeared in JOURNAL OF HEALTH CARE FOR THE POOR AND UNDERSERVED, Volume 29, Issue 2, May 2018, pp. 623-632.



Check out this feature in the A&S Mag!

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As an undergraduate researcher at Hopkins, I got the opportunity to talk about my work on the Testimonios study in the Spring 2018 issue of the Krieger School of Arts & Sciences Magazine! If you’d like to read a quick little thing about the methods and findings from the Testimonios study, and to learn more about this blog which came out of the study, you can check out the full feature here: http://krieger.jhu.edu/magazine/2018/05/14/field-notes-6/ 

To everyone who came out to see the debut show last Friday…

…you made the show as fun and powerful as it was!

A lot of non-Latinx attendees asked absolutely necessary questions like “how can we better amplify the voices of Latinx communities?” and showed that they were willing to start the work of allyship if they hadn’t already. Some of the photographed individuals also attended and shared that they felt proud and even liberated from the shame they had faced when attempting to share their stories in other spaces, which felt super rewarding.  If you couldn’t make it out, here are some of my favorite photos from the show.

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Check out all the photos of the event at https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ofm09lse1cpxwke/AABB31k1gbhK6tvld9vofaAfa?dl=0 

I’m not sure when or where I’ll be sharing the photos again, but y’all will be the first ones to know! In the meantime, please be an ally to the community in other ways – consider donating to/ volunteering at Johns Hopkins Centro SOL, which is an organization that advocates for equity in health for Latinxs and was one of the co-sponsors of the show.  Contact them at centrosol@jhmi.edu and check out their website for more information on how you can get involved! https://www.jhcentrosol.org/


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Come see the photos on this blog IN PRINT, come for the good energy and come for the FOOD (there will be pupusas)! The show is tonight 6-9 pm, at the Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21224. This event is free and open to the public. 

Check out the Facebook event for more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1827968544170783/

All photos and interviews are being shared with the written and oral consent of those featured. This show is co-sponsored by Johns Hopkins Centro SOL, Somos Baltimore Latino and Mundo Latino Baltimore Newspaper, and is generously supported by the 2016 Johns Hopkins University Dean’s Undergraduate Research Award.


Para la gente que habla español

Mundo Latino Baltimore, a local newspaper, wrote up a little feature about our show in their May 2018 issue! See it and all the other cool happenings in the Latinx community here. The feature is on page 18. http://www.mlnewspaper.com/newspaper.html 

You can also watch a little clip about the show on the Somos Latino Baltimore Facebook page! The clip starts at 46:29. https://www.facebook.com/somosbaltimorelatino/videos/1916433528380512/ 

What’s for dinner?

So excited to see everyone on Friday!! Make sure you come hangry – dinner will be from Pupuseria El Salvador 😝

Not sure what pupusas are? Check out this quick how-to-make video from Despierta America: https://youtu.be/Uut-D0UkkNA

You can also read more about the history of the pupusa here: http://remezcla.com/food/pupusas-101/

Hoping there will be enough pupusas for you? Make sure there are by RSVPing for the event by clicking “going” on this event or registering on the Eventbrite page! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/los-inmigrantes-de-baltimore-t…