From culturally informed care, to digital solutions that support communities in Guatemala, to conversations about career-defining moments, Stanford Medicine celebrates the research, care and contributions made by and for the Hispanic community. In recognition of National Hispanic Heritage Month, Scope is capturing some of the Stanford Medicine-led efforts to support Hispanic people locally and globally.
Medical student Gabriela Asturias brought life-saving information to millions of Guatemalans during the COVID-19 pandemic, which helped inform more than 3 million people across Guatemala and led to a digital tool that is still being used to foster health literacy.
In the Heartbeats and Hiccups video series, which hosts a conversation about the defining moments that shape careers, anesthesiologist Cesar Padilla and neuro-oncologist Reena Thomas explore passions and pivots through a conversation that touches on their relationship with each other and the goals for the work they do every day at Stanford Medicine.
Medical student Janelle Chavez, who grew up in the town of Port Isabel, Texas, shares her motivations to advance health literacy and more equitable outcomes for underserved populations. Through her experiences supporting migrant families at the U.S.-Mexico border, Chavez has applied her passion for health equity and advocacy to impact migrant communities.
Bonnie Maldonado, MD, senior associate dean for faculty development and diversity and infectious disease expert at Stanford Medicine, is a strong advocate for diversity and equity in clinical trials, and she's implementing new methods to foster diversity in research.
Cesar Padilla, MD, a Stanford Health Care obstetric anesthesiologist, knows that most Spanish-speaking patients in the United States are not treated by Spanish-speaking physicians, and the gap can affect care. He and others are making concerted efforts to change that via awareness efforts such as National Latino Physician Day on Oct. 1.
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