Avance Center for the Advancement of Immigrant/Refugee Health

Avance Center for the Advancement of Immigrant/Refugee Health A university-community collaboration to address health disparities among Latino and other immigrant populations in Langley Park, MD. The overarching goal of the Avance Center is to advance immigrant/refugee health, specifically among Latino youth.

We do this by building community, family and individual assets as a mechanism for preventing youth risk behavior, including substance abuse, violence and sexual risk. To do this, Adelante (the name of the community program) combines a set of community-wide program components that are available to youth and families in Langley Park, and a more targeted set of program components for high-risk Latino high school and middle school students, and their families. Avance Center also addresses health disparities in Langley Park, Maryland through its programs focusing on reducing obesity and improving nutrition.

Mission: The overall mission of the GW Avance Center for the Advancement of Immigrant/Refugee Health is to foster an academic-community collaboration with the Latino immigrant community of Langley Park, MD (and generally in the greater Washington, DC metropolitan area) in order to better understand factors contributing to racial/ethnic minority health disparities specific to this critical population, to increase community and academic capacity to address these factors, and to test a multi-level community intervention addressing substance abuse and co-occurring conditions. Under that mission, there are five principal goals: 1) Contribute to the trans-disciplinary advancement of the field with respect to eliminating health disparities among immigrant communities; 2) Develop, implement and evaluate an innovative, community-driven, multi-component community intervention (called Adelante) that addresses a vulnerability cluster of substance abuse and co-occurring conditions (interpersonal violence, sex risk) in youth and families. The Adelante intervention builds on a prototype developed and previously implemented through the GW-Latino community collaboration, and utilizes an asset-based, Positive Youth Development approach; 3) Provide a mechanism for training and educating faculty, students and community members in a range of issues and capacities related to addressing racial/ethnic health disparities in Latino immigrant/refugee populations; 4) Support the overall mission of the Center by conducting community-focused activities aimed at: increasing skills and knowledge related to preventing substance abuse and related health conditions, testing innovative social media and branding strategies to increase the likelihood of behavior change, and improving health literacy and capacity using a tested community training approach. 5) Disseminate the results of the research to the participating communities and to the field, via the Center website, publications, briefings, and other channels.

Operating as usual

Read our recent publication in Health Education Research: https://academic.oup.com/her/advance-article/doi/10.1093/her/c...
02/08/2018
Development of the place-based Adelante social marketing campaign for prevention of substance use, sexual risk and violence among Latino immigrant youth | Health Education Research | Oxford Academic

Read our recent publication in Health Education Research: https://academic.oup.com/her/advance-article/doi/10.1093/her/cyx076/4796909
Development of the place-based Adelante social marketing campaign for prevention of substance use, sexual risk and violence among Latino immigrant youth.

Immigrant Latino youth represent a high-risk subgroup that should be targeted with health promotion efforts. However, there are considerable barriers to engagement in health-related programming. Little is known about the engagement possibilities of social marketing campaigns and digital strategies f...

Read our recent publication in the Journal of Youth Development: http://jyd.pitt.edu/ojs/jyd/article/view/171204PA002Ade...
02/07/2018
Adelante Ambassadors: Using Digital Media to Facilitate Community Engagement and Risk-Prevention for Latino Youth | Barrett | Journal of Youth Development

Read our recent publication in the Journal of Youth Development: http://jyd.pitt.edu/ojs/jyd/article/view/171204PA002
Adelante Ambassadors: Using digital media to facilitate community engagement and risk-prevention for Latino youth

Adelante Ambassadors: Using Digital Media to Facilitate Community Engagement and Risk-Prevention for Latino Youth

Mary's Center
09/06/2017
Mary's Center

Mary's Center

After the devastating news of President Trump's decision to end #DACA, we want to share these 5 things you need to know moving forward.
(Después de la devastadora noticia del President Trump de acabar con #DACA, aqui les presentamos 5 cosas que usted debe saber). http://bit.ly/2f0GF0b

Watch NBC Washington Channel 4 at 5pm today to see #WaterUp in action in Langley Park, MD
07/10/2017

Watch NBC Washington Channel 4 at 5pm today to see #WaterUp in action in Langley Park, MD

Tune into NBC Washington Channel 4 at 5pm to hear about #WaterUp and healthy #combomeals this summer! Today we visited Rico's Ice Cream for a healthy snack and of course #WATER. #AguaEsVida #WaterUpLP Avance Center for the Advancement of Immigrant/Refugee Health

Want to make $50? Eligible volunteers will watch a 1-hour TV show at the George Washington University campus and complet...
02/28/2017

Want to make $50? Eligible volunteers will watch a 1-hour TV show at the George Washington University campus and complete two computer-based surveys. After a brief follow-up, participants will receive a $50 digital gift card. Join us for an "open house" session on Sat. March 4 in GWSPH (main auditorium) from 9am to 3pm to get started!

STUDENTS: Interested in volunteering? Become a tutor with CentroNía for their Spring session! A great way to serve the c...
01/11/2017
CentroNía

STUDENTS: Interested in volunteering? Become a tutor with CentroNía for their Spring session! A great way to serve the community and get early education experience.

“As a Nation, we are stronger when every individual has the opportunity to contribute to our American story. By working to give each person a better chance at success, we can unlock their potential and empower them to serve others in the same way.” - President Barack Obama

This month, we reflect on the transformative role mentorship can play in the lives of our early learners. We are currently seeking volunteer tutors for the Spring session! For more information and to apply to be a volunteer, visit: www.centronia.org/volunteer.

The presidential election is just a few days away, but there will still be a lot to learn following the historic day. Ma...
11/03/2016

The presidential election is just a few days away, but there will still be a lot to learn following the historic day. Mainly, how did U.S. citizens vote?

Cisneros Hispanic Leadership Institute and Dr. Martinez from Pew Research Center will discuss the role of Latinos and Religion in understanding the results of the 2016 presidential election.

Join us Nov. 16th @ 4:30pm in District House B205. The event is free. Register today: https://docs.google.com/a/email.gwu.edu/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSefbD7ZefmDLGfV2ubYAeWKhHsC1MoY3F7cLf7SRYiP49_R3g/viewform

Oliver Contreras Photography "Page" photojournalism exhibit Unaccompanied: Youth Seeking Refuge. a series of portraits o...
10/20/2016

Oliver Contreras Photography "Page" photojournalism exhibit Unaccompanied: Youth Seeking Refuge. a series of portraits of unaccompanied youth immigrants, was on display throughout the #DMVLatinoHealth conference. At closing, we were honored to have youth pictured in the exhibit share their stories, struggles, and dreams with the group. Their resilience despite all of life’s hardships inspired those in attendance to continue to work hard on improving Latino health!

10/20/2016

Reporter Angelo Bavaro of Maryland Newsline - Capital News Service's Daily Newscast created a wonderful video of our #DMVLatinoHealth conference. Check it out! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqNyhiFU274

Sonia Mora, MPH, Senior Manager at Latino Health Initiative and Administrator at Welcome Back Center of Suburban Marylan...
10/19/2016

Sonia Mora, MPH, Senior Manager at Latino Health Initiative and Administrator at Welcome Back Center of Suburban Maryland, Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services, Penny Gross, Mason District Supervisor on Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, Christian Barrera, MA, Senior Policy Analyst (Health), Office of the Deputy Mayor, and Uma Ahluwalia, Director of Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services provided regional perspectives on Latino health. #DMVLatinoHealth Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments

#WaterUp with WATER UP!
10/19/2016

#WaterUp with WATER UP!

6 excelentes razones para tomar agua a diario! #AguaEsVida #WaterUp!

Randy Capps, PhD, MPAff, Director of Research for U.S. Programs at the Migration Policy Institute and Ana Gonzalez-Barre...
10/18/2016

Randy Capps, PhD, MPAff, Director of Research for U.S. Programs at the Migration Policy Institute and Ana Gonzalez-Barrera, MPH, Senior Researcher with Pew Research Center spoke about migration trends and policy implications during our #DMVLatinoHealth conference Oct 5

Thanks to our partners Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments and Regional Primary Care Coalition for an outstan...
10/14/2016

Thanks to our partners Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments and Regional Primary Care Coalition for an outstanding #DMVLatinoHealth conference on Oct 5. For a summary of the event, visit: http://avancegw.org/conference-recap-2016/

Meet Tatyana Kleyn, PhD, MA, filmmaker of the documentary "Living Undocumented" and creator of the accompanying Living U...
10/13/2016

Meet Tatyana Kleyn, PhD, MA, filmmaker of the documentary "Living Undocumented" and creator of the accompanying Living Undocumented: High School, College, and Beyond lesson and resource guide. If you missed the documentary screening at our #DMVLatinoHealth conference Oct 5, check it out here: http://livingundocumented.com/

10/12/2016
El Tiempo Latino

Thank you El Tiempo Latino for covering our Latino Health Disparities conference last week. Watch the video below for highlights of the event and to learn about our two great programs, Adelante Langley Park and WATER UP #DMVLatinoHealth

El estado de la salud de los latinos en el área de Washington @GWU Avance Center for the Advancement of Immigrant/Refugee Health

We were honored to have Dr. Claudia Ivette Canjura de Centeno, MPH, Ambassador of El Salvador in Washington, D.C. as a g...
10/10/2016

We were honored to have Dr. Claudia Ivette Canjura de Centeno, MPH, Ambassador of El Salvador in Washington, D.C. as a guest speaker at our conference last week. Amb. Canjura: Governments must seek for the realization of the right of health for all the population #DMVLatinoHealth

The WATER UP team promoting water consumption at the #DMVLatinoHealth conference! Thanks to all that participated in the...
10/06/2016

The WATER UP team promoting water consumption at the #DMVLatinoHealth conference! Thanks to all that participated in the photo booth and raffle! #AguaEsVida

CARECEN-Central American Resource Center youth leaders gave a powerful presentation about the Unaccompanied: Youth Seeki...
10/06/2016

CARECEN-Central American Resource Center youth leaders gave a powerful presentation about the Unaccompanied: Youth Seeking Refuge. exhibit at our conference. Youth shared their stories and called for service providers across the region to lead in supporting unaccompanied youth.

CARECEN youth leaders gave a powerful presentation about the Unaccompanied: Youth Seeking Refuge. exhibit today at the Avance Center for the Advancement of Immigrant/Refugee Health's conference. Youth shared their stories and called for service providers across the region to lead in supporting unaccompanied youth.

10/04/2016
Final Reminders: October 5 Conference « Avance Center

Final Reminders about tomorrow's conference now available! Click here for conference location, transportation and parking info, and how to get WiFi access: http://avancegw.org/final-reminders-october-5-conference

We look forward to seeing you tomorrow! #DMVLatinoHealth

The Avance Center for the Advancement of Immigrant/Refugee Health, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, and the Regional Primary Care Coalition look forward to hosting you at the Regional Conference on Advancing Health Equity for Latino Youth & Families on October 5, 2016.

The Avance Center & Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Conference is next week on October 5! We are excited ...
09/29/2016
2016 Regional Conference on Advancing Health Equity for Latino Youth & Families « Avance Center

The Avance Center & Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Conference is next week on October 5!

We are excited to host Armando Trull, Senior Reporter, WAMU 88.5, who will deliver a keynote address about the D.C. region’s growing Latino immigrant community and the surge of unaccompanied youth streaming across the U.S. border.

D.C, Maryland, and Virginia government officials, including Fairfax County Supervisor and COG Board Member Penny Gross, will discuss policy solutions for health disparities and other serious concerns in Latino communities.

View the entire agenda and register here: http://avancegw.org/annual-conference/2016-regional-conference-on-advancing-health-equity-for-latino-youth-families/

#DMVLatinoHealth

The Avance Center for the Advancement of Immigrant/Refugee Health will hold its Annual Latino Health Disparities Conference on October 5, 2016. This year’s conference features partnerships with the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments and the Regional Primary Care Coalition to host the Reg...

The 2016 Regional Conference on Advancing Health Equity for Latino Youth & Families is just a few weeks away. Don't miss...
09/19/2016

The 2016 Regional Conference on Advancing Health Equity for Latino Youth & Families is just a few weeks away. Don't miss this incredible opportunity to network with and learn from researchers, practitioners, and advocates addressing Latino immigrant health disparities. #DMVLatinoHealth
http://avancegw.org/2016conference/

Want to learn about migration trends throughout the DMV region? How migration impacts the health of Latino youth and fam...
09/14/2016

Want to learn about migration trends throughout the DMV region? How migration impacts the health of Latino youth and families and how communities have responded?

Register today for the Annual Latino Health Disparities Conference on October 5, 2016: http://avancegw.org/2016conference/

Together with the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments and Regional Primary Care Coalition, topics include family reunification, housing, education, behavioral health, and policy. #DMVLatinoHealth

REGISTER TODAY for our Annual Latino Health Disparities Conference on October 5, 2016 at The George Washington Universit...
09/08/2016

REGISTER TODAY for our Annual Latino Health Disparities Conference on October 5, 2016 at The George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health.

The conference offers an opportunity for researchers, practitioners, and advocates to share emerging research, best practices, and community perspectives that shape the agenda for promoting Latino health and eliminating disparities.

To register visit http://avancegw.org/2016conference.

#DMVLatinoHealth

WATER UP
09/06/2016

WATER UP

Se acerca el #FestivalHispano2016!! Marque su calendario para el 18 de septiembre, 12-6pm! Nosotros estaremos allí, y usted? #WaterUpLangleyPark
Prince George's County Department of Parks and Recreation

08/30/2016
APHA 2016 « Avance Center

The Avance Center is headed to the American Public Health Association's 2016 Annual Meeting in Denver Oct. 29- Nov. 2. Abstracts we will be presenting are available here: http://avancegw.org/our-work/publications/apha-2016/
Hope to see you there! #APHA2016

Introduction: The Avance Center for the Advancement of Immigrant/Refugee Health at the George Washington University is a community-academic partnership to address health disparities in the Latino immigrant community of Langley Park, MD. In prior Avance Center activities, youth expressed concern abou...

Register for our Annual Latino Health Disparities Conference on October 5, 2016 at The George Washington University Milk...
08/30/2016

Register for our Annual Latino Health Disparities Conference on October 5, 2016 at The George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health.

Draft agenda now available:http://avancegw.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Agenda_draft_L2.pdf

To register visit http://avancegw.org/2016conference. Please share with colleagues that may be interested. We look forward to seeing you there! #DMVLatinoHealth

08/30/2016
Avance Center for the Advancement of Immigrant/Refugee Health

Avance Center for the Advancement of Immigrant/Refugee Health

Adelante participant, Kathryn Garcia, shares her story, the skills and experiences she gained from the Adelante Langley Park program, and her dreams for the future. Through her resiliency and the support of the Adelante program, she is now able to pursue higher education.

Her message to young people? "Believe in yourself and take advantage of the opportunities agencies like the Latin American Youth Center gives you."

The Avance Center is proud to provide young people like Kathryn the support and tools they need to succeed. Watch her story below!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1dJ3iUfrjR4&feature=youtu.be

08/29/2016
Live your Dream "Kathryn Garcia"

Adelante participant, Kathryn Garcia, shares her story, the skills and experiences she gained from the Adelante Langley Park program, and her dreams for the future. Through her resiliency and the support of the Adelante program, she is now able to pursue higher education.

Her message to young people? "Believe in yourself and take advantage of the opportunities agencies like the Latin American Youth Center gives you."

The Avance Center is proud to provide young people like Kathryn the support and tools they need to succeed. Watch her story below!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1dJ3iUfrjR4&feature=youtu.be

#adelante

07/19/2016
Los Angeles Times

The story of Gaspar Marcos, a young man from Guatemala, is the same as many young people in the area of Langley Park, MD Adelante Langley Park

Full day of high school. Full night of work. Sleep at 3 a.m. Repeat.

This is Gaspar Marcos' story.

http://lat.ms/29AbnfO

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The Avance Center is a collaboration with the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health, the Maryland Multicultural Youth Center, the Rivera Group, and other area Latino community partners to address health disparities among Latino and other immigrant populations in Langley Park, MD. ​

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