University celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with inaugural lecture series

Aida Giachello discussing healthcare disparities affecting U.S. Latino communities on Sept. 19 | September 8, 2006

Xavier hosts an inaugural equity and excellence lecture series presentation with an Hispanic Heritage Month lecture by Aida Giachello, who is addressing healthcare disparities affecting U.S. Latino communities. Giachello is the director of the Midwest Latino Health Care Center in Chicago. The lecture takes place in Kelly Auditorium on Tuesday, Sept. 19, at 4:00 p.m.

Latinos are three times as likely as non-Hispanic whites to suffer from diabetes. They are far more likely to suffer from asthma and hypertension. Many clinicians are unaware of the widespread use of faith healers and herbal remedies among Hispanics and miss asking relevant questions.

Giachello is an associate professor of social work at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She founded the Midwest Latino Health Research, Training and Policy Center in 1993. The center has become a national model for engaging community leaders, rather than experts from the outside, in collecting data, assessing needs, and developing plans for Latino health disparities and outcomes. It also promotes culturally competent practice among health service providers. Giachello's leadership has earned her recognition in 2005 by Time magazine as one of the nation's 25 most influential Hispanics.