Web Forum

New Findings and Policies to Advance Healthy Latino Communities
Thursday, August 29, 2013 | 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM Pacific

The obesity epidemic poses a growing burden across the U.S. In some places, one in two adults and one in three youth are obese or overweight. Low income Latinos lacking insurance coverage are especially hard hit by the cost and disabilities from obesity-related type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. Latino communities are fighting back by improving opportunities for healthy eating and physical activity.

The second Web Forum in the series on Weight of the Latino Nation will highlight the latest research on the obesity epidemic and the factors impacting Latino communities. Following this overview, presenters will discuss various challenges to addressing the epidemic, and the program and policy actions being undertaken—or still needed—to tackle it.

To view the first Web Forum in the Weight of the Latino Nation series, click here.

The Weight of the Nation™ documentary is part of a public education initiative addressing the national obesity epidemic and proposing solutions that communities can put into practice. Copyright © 2012 KFHP, Inc. All rights reserved. The Weight of the Nation™ is a licensed trademark of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, managed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Use of this trademark is not an endorsement by HHS or CDC of a particular company or organization. The Weight of the Nation™ is a presentation of HBO and the Institute of Medicine (IOM), in association with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institutes of Health (NHI), and in partnership with the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation and Kaiser Permanente.







    Amelie Ramirez, DrPH, MPH
    Institute for Health Promotion Research
    University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
    San Antonio, TX

    Amelie Ramirez, DrPH, MPHAmelie G. Ramirez, DrPH, an internationally recognized cancer and chronic disease health disparities researcher, is a professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, where she also is founding director of the Institute for Health Promotion Research, which researches health disparities among minorities. Over the past 30 years, Dr. Ramirez has directed many research programs focused on human and organizational communication to reduce chronic disease and cancer health disparities affecting Latinos, including cancer risk factors, clinical trial recruitment, tobacco prevention, obesity prevention, and more. Dr. Ramirez received a B.S. from The University of Houston and M.P.H. and Dr.P.H. degrees from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health. (www.saludtoday.com/blog and www.uthscsa.edu)

    Andre Quintero, MUP, JD
    City of El Monte, CA

    Andre Quintero, MUP, JDAndre Quintero was elected to serve his hometown as Mayor of El Monte on November 3, 2009 and re-elected in 2011. He previously served two terms on the Board of Trustees of the Rio Hondo Community College District. As Mayor, Mr. Quintero currently works for the City Attorney of Los Angeles as a Deputy City Attorney in the Criminal Branch as the Neighborhood Prosecutor for Hollywood Division.

    A graduate of the University of California Riverside, Quintero received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. He received his Juris Doctorate and Masters in Urban Planning from UCLA. Mayor Quintero grew up and attended schools in El Monte, Monterey Park and Rosemead. He is the eldest son of immigrant parents Gustavo and Marlene Quintero. He is married to Deborah Quintero and father to Emma Olivia Quintero. (www.ci.el-monte.ca.us)

    Robert García, JD
    Founding Director and Counsel
    The City Project
    Los Angeles, CA

    Robert García, JDRobert García is a civil rights attorney who engages, educates, and empowers communities to achieve equal access to public resources. He is Founding Director and Counsel of The City Project, a non-profit legal and policy advocacy organization based in Los Angeles. He has been honored as one of the 100 Most Influential U.S. Hispanics, “men and women who are changing the nation,” by Hispanic Business Magazine. He has extensive experience in public policy and legal advocacy, mediation, and litigation involving complex social justice, civil rights, human health, environmental, education, and criminal justice matters. Mr. García’s work in the past decade has focused on equal access to park, education, and health resources. He is an internationally recognized leader in the urban park movement, bringing the simple joys of playing in parks and school fields to children in communities that are park poor, income poor, and disproportionately of color. He graduated from Stanford University and Stanford Law School, where he served on the Board of Editors of the Stanford Law Review. (www.cityprojectca.org)


    George Flores, MD, MPH
    Program Manager
    The California Endowment 
    Oakland, CA

    George Flores, MD, MPHDr. Flores is a Program Manager for The California Endowment’s Healthy California Prevention team. His work focuses on grant-making to improve health and equity through community-based prevention and a health workforce for 21st century health system reform. His work aims to strengthen the public health system, primary care, and community outreach, along with cross-sector collaboration to address the social and environmental factors that shape health outcomes. Dr. Flores was recognized by the National Hispanic Medical Association as 2011 Physician of the Year for his work that addresses social and environmental inequities and the role of communities in advancing policy and systems change to improve health. His vision is for every community to be a healthy, safe, and supportive place to raise children, go to school, work, and play. (www.calendow.org)


The following documents are PDF versions of the speakers’ presentations and are intended to be used for reference only.

Ramirez/Salud America

Garcia/The City Project


The following documents provide important background information that can enhance the Web Forum experience.


The following websites provide important background information that can enhance the Web Forum experience.

HBO: Weight of the Nation
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Por Qué Es Importante la Obesidad para la Comunidad Latina
Martes, 16 de abril, 2013

Let’s Get Healthy with HBO’s ‘The Weight of the Nation
Thursday, July 12, 2012

Acting on the Weight of the Nation
Thursday, June 28, 2012

Taking on the Weight of the Nation
Tuesday, May 1, 2012


Active Spaces

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Walk with the Principal Night - More active play time

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The California Endowment Health Happens Here

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Health Happens Here


Latino Coalition for a Healthy California