What would happened if mental health problems would be seen equal as medical problems: I think more lives would be saved

My Name is Ilan Shapiro, I was born in a small city, called México City, a father, pediatrician and Medical Director for Health Education and Wellness at AltaMed.

I’m extremely humbled to have a great team Veronica O. and Sandy N. that in synergy we share education and wellness with our community. Also, with #Pantaleon and #LionsGate por abrir una conversación tan difícil con nuestra comunidad por medio de #LasPildorasdeMiNovio

Since the times of my Abuelita, mental health carried a big burden on the person affected and their family. This movie opens that conversation in the community of how none of us can separate our bodies from our minds.

My Abuelita tried to cure a lot of things with vick vapor rub and te de manzanilla (and sometimes a touch of violeta valenciana), but mental health does not respond to that. 

Mental health is not a taboo subject. We must, as a community, come together and have an open conversation about mental health and its impact on a person, on families and our society at-large.

When a patient comes to me has a pulled muscle, and I send them to Physical therapy with the recommendation on certain medications, there is no doubt on what to do.

Why is it so different when there is a chemical imbalance in the brain causing a big shift in mental health and I recommended medication and therapy, why is it so hard to have that conversation?

The stigma against mental illness is real. If you have any doubt, consider there is a median delay of 10 years between the onset of mental health symptoms and receiving healthcare. One reason for this delay is that people try to hide their mental illness due to the fear of being judged.

Each one of us needs to play a role to eliminate the stigma of mental illness. Here are three ways to make an impact. 

1.    Education- In 2017, there were an estimated 46.6 million adults in the United States with mental illness. This number represents about 1 in 5 adults.

2.    Empathy- Refrain from judgement. Suffering from mental illness can become so unbearable that it affects one’s ability to function. One may even experience suicidal thoughts in an effort to escape the suffering.

3.    Advocacy- Be an advocate for raising mental health awareness. Support groups that advocate, educate and care for individuals and families affected by mental illness. 

Putting this in context Almost 18% of the US is Latino, 15% have a diagnosable mental illness, that is 8.9 million people, MORE THAN the population of NY City

 • U.S.-born Hispanics report higher rates for most psychiatric disorders than Hispanic immigrants.

• Studies have shown that older Hispanic adults and Hispanic youth are especially vulnerable to psychological stresses associated with immigration and acculturation

• Approximately 1 in 10 Hispanics with a mental disorder use mental health services from a primary care physician, while only 1 in 20 receive such services from a mental health specialist.

Several studies have found that bilingual patients are evaluated differently when interviewed in English as opposed to Spanish and that Hispanics are more frequently undertreated.

At AltaMed Health Services is the nation’s largest federally qualified community health centers in the nation. We have 52 sites across Los Angeles and Orange counties serving more than 300,000.

Understanding the need, nearly a decade ago, AltaMed began integrating behavioral health services into the primary care, because we recognized that mental health affects every aspect of a person’s well-being. This type of model in vulnerable communities can help start the healing process, and we’ve had the opportunity to provide services to thousands of underserved patients in the past years under the leadership of Dr. Sandra Pisano.

We all can miss the symptoms that are happening to our loved ones or even to us; some of these mental health challenges do not present as an obvious rash, a fever or a cough. We do not have a straightforward blood lab test for a diagnosis– but we do have a lot of people who can help identify the symptoms. It starts with you– we can all make a difference. We can help ourselves and help our loved ones by letting them know we care and there’s access to help. 

We are amazingly well versed in chisme language; let’s spread the word that is ok to feel different, the same way that people have migraines, people can be depressed, have adhd/add or anxiety. Do be afraid to ask if someone is acting differently, maybe, just maybe, because you showed that you cared, you are saving a life.

Influenza a Primera Hora

Influenza #APrimeraHoraLA con @annabellesedano en @Univision
1) Los casos de #Influenza van en Aumento a comparación de la temporada pasada 😱2) Prevencion: LAVAR LAS MANOS 🛀 Y VACUNAR ✍

Influenza #APrimeraHoraLA with Annabelle Sedano at Univision1) Cases of influenza compared to the last season are on the rise 😱2) Prevention is Key: WASH YOUR HANDS 🛀 and VACCINATE ✍

#️Prevencion #Univision #InicioDeTemporada #AltaMed #SeHablaSpanglish #2020 #CDC #H1N1 #Victoria #Parents #Papas #Parents #Prevention

Prevenga antes de que sea un problema


La comunidad puede protegerse utilizando la vacuna 💉 de #Influenza y saber lo que ahora esta pasando. El aumento de casos y complicaciones (incluyendo la mortalidad) esta siendo mucho mas elevada. Agradezco la oportunidad a Norma Roque de Univision por transmitir esta ✔ info para a la comunidad

#NormaRoque #Univision #AltaMed #Influenza #Vacunate #Prevencion #Dr_Shaps #SeHablaSpanglish #Pontelavacuna #iNFLUENZAnoesunaGRIPA

Las primeras comidas para nuestros hijos / First foods for our children 👶🏼

Cuando nuestros pequeños nacen la leche materna 🤱 es la mejor recomendación, pero cuando van creciendo más las necesidades nutricionales van cambiando.

Un placer estar en Univisión 34 con Gaby esta

Cuando nuestros hijos están listos? (Esta es una lista rápida) Generalmente cada niñ@ es diferente pero podemos ver estas señales a los 4-6 meses de edad

  • Control de cuello
  • Interés en comida

Por otro lado, cómo comenzar? (Aquí comparto 3 tips):

  1. Comenzar con cereales (al principio son un par de cucharadas solamente)
  2. Vegetales 🍅 vs frutas 🍇 ? La verdad no hay diferencia a largo plazo si se comienza con una u otra (lógicamente TODOS preferimos lo dulce primero, pero esto no altera que va. A pasar después)
  3. Trate trate y trate: muchas veces no les gusta la textura, ya que están acostumbrados a los líquidos. No se desespere,

Para mas informacion: https://www.healthychildren.org/spanish/ages-stages/baby/feeding-nutrition/paginas/starting-solid-foods.aspx

La temporada de Influenza comienza

La influenza NO ES UNA SIMPLE GRIPA 😣. Hoy en día las muertes relacionadas con esta infección. Tuve el gusto de compartir consejos con @Rosie_Orbach de @noticias62tv.

Recuerde: La vacuna sirve, disminuye complicaciones y no enferma (es una vacuna de virus muerto). 👍

Ahora que la temporada esta en aumento tenemos las vacunas en AltaMed.org gratis para la comunidad.

The Influenza IS NOT A SIMPLE COLD 😣. Today the deaths related to this infection are on the rise. I had the pleasure to share some tips with Rosie Orbach from Noticia 62.
Remember: The vaccine works, reduces complications and does not get you sick (the vaccines is a killed virus). 👍

For more information follow www.altamed.org/BustingFluMyths‎



Get Ready for the Holidays / Preparese para las Fiestas

Talking about Health and Wellness! Imperative to hear and prepare yourself about breaking some bad habits in the Holidays!

1) Plan ahead what you are going to EAT

2) Plan ahead what are you going to DRINK

3) One caloric meal or tow in this season is ok, we need to adjust the other days.

Remember the 4 pillars

1) Diet

2) Sports

3) Sleep

4) Stress Management

Enjoy your family and loved ones!

Hablando sobre Salud y Bienestar! Imperativo poder escuchar y prepararnos para romper malos hábitos en este tiempo de fiestas!

1) Planee que va a COMER

2) Planee que va a BEBER

3) Uno o dos comidas masa en esta temporada no son malos, se puede reajustar y comer bien los demás dias

Acuerdese de los 4 pilares

1) Diet

2) Deportes

3) Sueño

4) Manejo del estrés

Disfrute mucho a sus queridos y familiares! https://www.facebook.com/KTNQ1020/videos/803238966808055/ #Univision #Salud #Fiestas #SeAcabo2019 #ElPajarito #1020AMKTNQ #GrandesMañanas #AltaMed #Wellness #Dr_Shaps #DGV #DPP #STOMP

Intervención sobre procedimientos estéticos no recomendados

Conversando con Raymund Mesa (@ReymundReporter) de Telemundo y con Robert Kovacik de NBC (@RobertNBCLA) sobre las complicaciones secundarias de procedimientos esteticos falsos, poniendo la salud en riesgo. No se deje llevar por “procedimientos milagrosos”, cuide su salud y bienestar.

Participacion en Telemundo

NBC participation


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