The Silver Tsunami: Is the Health of Aging Hispanic Baby Boomers at Risk?
Monday, December 12, 2016
Posted by: Roberto Cervantes
For Immediate Release:
December 9, 2016
|Contact: Roberto Cervantes
Phone: 202-347-8280 EXT 305
The Silver Tsunami:
Is the Health of Aging Hispanic Baby Boomers at Risk?
Washington, D.C. – As part of its Congressional Briefing Series, the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI) convened national leaders and experts on Capitol Hill on Thursday, November 17, to discuss the impact of poverty on the health of Hispanic elderly in the United States.
The forum began with welcome remarks from CHLI President & CEO, Mary Ann Gómez Orta, and Senior Director of National Government Relations & Multicultural Affairs for Pfizer, Melissa Bishop-Murphy, who shared information on the Pfizer RxPathways Program and how it assists varying patient needs.
“At Pfizer, we have learned that partnerships are often key to unlocking complex challenges, and we take pride in our partnership with CHLI to help increase awareness about Pfizer RxPathways and how the program works to provide access to Pfizer medicines for patients in need,” said Ms. Bishop-Murphy.
Vice President of Government & Community Affairs for Herbalife, and CHLI Corporate Advisory Council Member, Angela Arboleda, led the panel conversation, which was comprised of Joyce Rogers, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs for AARP; Dr. Yanira Cruz, President & CEO of National Hispanic Council on Aging (NHCOA); and Dr. Minerva V. Campos, Board Certified Family Physician and Board Member of the National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA).
Research from the National Institute of Aging reveals a key concern for the U.S. Hispanic community: 21% of elder Latinos in the United States are living in poverty. Throughout the briefing, the panelists discussed the impact of poverty on the health of Latino elderly from the perspective of their respective organizations.
Dr. Campos focused on the community resources, including emergency response and education that are crucial to supporting the growing need of Hispanic elderly in the U.S. Dr. Cruz focused on the primary importance of access to care to ensure the health of Latino elderly. Ms. Rogers discussed the possible legislative solutions to the high costs of eldercare. All three panelists also observed the importance of family caregivers and the challenges they face in caring for their loved ones.
"Herbalife Nutrition is dedicated to meeting the diverse nutrition needs of the aging Latino population in the United States,” said Ms. Arboleda. “Latinos across the country continue to embrace our products, and we are committed to helping them live healthy, active lifestyles."
The CHLI would like to thank our sponsors and partners: Pfizer, AARP, Herbalife, NHCOA and NHMA; our moderator, panelists, and everyone who attended and participated in the conversation.