Zócalo Health is launching a new Cafecito, Cumbia and Salud series, beginning this March in Bakersfield, California. This event aims to raise awareness about preventative health topics, and remove stigma associated with seeking help, while fostering a supportive and inclusive community for Latinos.
Inspired by the cherished tradition of gathering over cafecito and pan de dulce, the event seeks to recreate the warmth and open conversations found in Latin American families. Zócalo Health recognizes the need for safe spaces and discussions around health within the Latino community, where topics are often stigmatized or overlooked.
Preventive health is essential for reducing the risk of chronic diseases, such as colorectal cancer, diabetes, and hypertension. However, many Latinos face barriers to accessing preventive health care, such as lack of insurance, language difficulties, and cultural differences. According to the American Cancer Society, only 42% of Latinos aged 45 and older were up to date with colorectal cancer screening in 2018, compared to 58% of non-Latino whites. Similarly, Latinos have higher rates of diabetes and uncontrolled blood pressure than non-Latino whites. These disparities can lead to worse health outcomes and higher mortality rates among Latinos.
That is why Zócalo Health is expanding Cafecito, Cumbia and Salud events across multiple counties in California, with the goal to bridge this gap and promote healthy living within the Latino community. The event will feature culturally-aligned educational programming facilitated by licensed healthcare professionals. Attendees can expect workshops, presentations, and open discussions on health topics. By addressing the specific needs and challenges faced by Latinos, Zócalo Health hopes to empower individuals to seek support, share their experiences, and access resources.
“Our events are more than just an educational way to spend an afternoon,” said Chief of Staff, Julia Garcia who leads the events. “They are a fun celebration of our Latino heritage, a recognition of our health needs, and a commitment to our community’s well being; these events are also a way to open doors for more people to get the help they need, when they need it. We are excited to continue to expand the reach of our Cafecito events and bring healthcare resources to everyone”
Zócalo Health believes that the success of Cafecito, Cumbia & Salud demonstrates the urgent need for preventive health services that remove barriers and promote awareness within the Latino community. By working together, we can create a stronger and more supportive community that prioritizes health and well-being for all.
The events are free and open to the public, attendees can register online at Eventbrite.