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Plan Parenthood to Host Discussion

NEW HAVEN — Planned Parenthood of Southern New England will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month by reaffirming its commitment to eliminating racial and ethnic health disparities within the Latino and Hispanic communities.

In recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month, PPSNE is partnering with New Haven León Sister City Project for a roundtable discussion entitled “Standing Up for Women’s Health & Women’s Lives” on Sept. 30 at 5:30 p.m. at 345 Whitney Ave., New Haven, CT.

“We believe all women and their families deserve the highest quality of care no matter who they are and where they live — no matter what. Our doors are open to everyone regardless of race, income, geography, citizenship status or gender identity,” said Kafi Rouse Director of Public Relations & Marketing with Planned Parenthood of Southern New England. “As the leading provider and advocate for sexual and reproductive health in Connecticut and Rhode Island, we know firsthand why it is important for the Latino community to have access to a comprehensive range of preventive health care services.”

The event will focus on strategies women are using to defend their health and their lives in New Haven and rural Nicaragua. This event is free and open to the public.

Political attempts to defund Planned Parenthood would threaten basic preventive health care services for more than 575,000 Latinos who rely on Planned Parenthood for care every year – including more than 12,000 in Connecticut and Rhode Island.

Hispanics and Latinos face greater obstacles to obtaining, and benefiting from, sexual and reproductive health services than whites. As a result, they experience higher rates of reproductive cancers, unintended pregnancy, and sexually transmitted infections than most other groups of people in the U.S., for example:

  • Latinas are more likely to be diagnosed with cervical cancer than women of any other racial or ethnic group
  • Approximately 56 percent of pregnancies among Latinas are unintended
  • Latinos contract HIV at more than three times the rate of whites
  • Approximately 16 percent of Latinas have not visited a physician in the last two years, and one quarter do not have a regular health care provider

 For more information, email Mayra.Sierra@ppsne.org.


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Hartford Kicks Off Hispanic Heritage Month

HARTFORD — Mayor Pedro Segarra on Thursday kicked off Hispanic Heritage Month at Trinity College.

Segarra began the four weeks of activities honoring the contributions of Hispanic Americans. Among the events will be softball games, a dinner, community service projects, discussion nights, movies and an art exhibition.

Segarra’s speech and month-long activities are sponsored by La Voz Latina (LVL), a club that is open to all students interested in Hispanic culture. LVL provides social and cultural programming to the Trinity community.

Among the other events (open to all Trinity students) are:
  • Mexican Independence Day. There will be a presentation and dinner at 6:30 p.m. at the LVL House, 69 Vernon Street.
  • The Community Service Project. This is an after-school mentoring program that is also designed to teach young students about Hispanic/Latino culture. It will be held on September 19 and 26 and October 3 and 10 at the Mi Casa Center on Park Street. Students should meet in the driveway of Mather Hall at 4:10 p.m.
  • Chica’s Night. This event, which will feature “girl talk, fun and games,” will be September 23 at 8 p.m. at the LVL House.
  • Softball Game. All students are welcome to play in this game on September 24 at 1 p.m. at Sheppard Field.
  • Latinos in the Media. This discussion will be led by Stephani Roman ’13, on September 27 at 4:30 p.m. at the LVL House. Refreshments will be served.
  • Chico’s Night. This event is for male students only and will feature “chilling, card games, sports, and dominos” and will be September 30 at 8 p.m. at the LVL House.

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Library Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

HARTFORD — The Hartford Public Library is hosting a showcase of the “rich and diverse traditions of Hispanic literature and art this Saturday.

The event will be in the Artium from 12 to 5 p.m. at 500 Main St.

Some events include a Mexican dance presentation by el Grupo Folklorico el Tapeyec from New Haven, Music and poetry interpret in the voices of loacal and regional poets area-wide.

The Exhbit will also showcase loal artisans from Chile, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Guatemala, Nicaradua, Mexico, Perut and the Caribbean.

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