CBCS Event


USF’s College of Behavioral & Community Sciences and the Hispanic Services Council to hold two community meetings for Tampa Bay Hispanic Community

TAMPA, Fla. (July 6, 2010) – The Adelante Con Su Salud Project (ACSS Project), located within USF’s College of Behavioral & Community Sciences, in partnership with the Hispanic Services Council, will host two community meetings to discuss “Tomando Control de su Salud” - a chronic disease self management program for members of the Tampa Bay Hispanic community. The meetings will be held in Tampa July 31st from 10-11:30 a.m., at the Children’s Board, 1002 E. Palm Ave, and August 4th from 5:30-7:30 p.m., at the Family Support and Resource Center in Town and Country Center, 7520 Waters Ave. Suite 8. The events are free and open to the public. Free food and refreshments will be served. Meeting attendees will have the opportunity to learn about the Tomando Control de su Salud program and how they can participate in a study to improve this program.  

Minor depression alone and its co-occurrence with chronic diseases are under-recognized, under-treated, and under-studied. The “Tomando Control de su Salud” program is directed towards Hispanics with heart disease, high blood pressure, or diabetes, who also suffer from ongoing sadness. The program, which is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), helps participants gain self-confidence in their ability to control their health and mental health symptoms, and to better understand how their health problems affect their lives. The program’s workshops generally occur over a 6-week period, last about 2 hours each, and involve about 6 participants. Discussions tend to be lively, engaging, and interactive and are focused on building skills, sharing experiences and developing support. Some of the topics discussed include: problem solving, action planning, managing different emotions, nutrition and healthy eating, physical activity, and meditation/relaxations.

The major goals of the study are to adapt a chronic disease self-management program developed by Stanford University called “Tomando Control de su Salud” to the needs and preferences of the local Latino community and to determine if the augmented approach works well in the community. The program is designed to be delivered by adults who live in the local community it serves.

For more information please contact: Dina Martinez Tyson: 813-974-0723 or dmtyson@bcs.usf.edu