In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month in the U.S., Larval Metamorphosis is hosting the Diversity in Science blog Carnival with Alberto Roca of Minority Postdoc.
This month’s theme will be Latino / Hispanic Health: Science and Advocacy. Latinos / Hispanics are the ethnic group most impacted by the obesity epidemic in the US. They are more likely to be overweight and obese and twice as likely to be diagnosed with diabetes compared to non-Hispanic whites. How can we reduce these health disparities? Unfortunately, the science behind the causes of overweight and obesity and diabetes are based on epidemiological studies of cohorts of non-Hispanic whites. And, despite efforts to reduce health disparities in Latino / Hispanic communities, they keep increasing. So, what types of studies are needed? What types of approaches work? We would love to hear what you think!
Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:
- Personal stories of health, science, and advocacy
- The science behind the causes of obesity and diabetes in Latino / Hispanic communities
- How to reach Latino / Hispanic communities
Anyone can participate by submitting new posts as well as relevant posts from their archives. You can submit posts by email (please put ‘DIS blog carnival’ in the subject line) or using the online form. The deadline for submissions is October 29, 2012.