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Ashe County | Northwest AHEC

Latino Learnings: Facts, Myths, Culture, and Understanding

This interactive event was presented in West Jefferson, North Carolina on April 18, 2008, and hosted by the members of the High Country Latino Initiative, the Healthy Carolinians Task Forces of Ashe, Watauga, Wilkes, and Alleghany Counties, with sponsorship by Northwest AHEC. The purpose of the program was to foster a greater understanding of the impact, opportunities, and challenges that the increasing numbers of Latino/Hispanic immigrants have in the area. Participants gained an understanding of the culture, generational differences, and reasons that the Latino/Hispanic population is growing at a high rate in North Carolina.

A total of 80 participants attended the daylong seminar. Speakers addressed methods used to build bicultural communities in health care and human services, job entry and career advancement opportunities for immigrant workers, and local resources available in North Carolina. Participant evaluations and outcomes of the program yielded the following results:

• 92% said the information presented will improve their interaction with the Latino/Hispanic population.

• 90% received new information that they will use.

• 87% agreed that activities on this subject are necessary and/or important to their practice.