ANDREA GALLARDO SALUD: Save A Life, Understand Disease is the University of Texas’ newest student public health organization aimed at improving the health of Austin communities. SALUD is an interdisciplinary organization that has members majoring in a variety of subjects to gain a more well-rounded perspective of public health. The organization is open to all students.
According to data published by the CDC, the rate of Hispanics contracting diabetes in America increases steadily year after year, and is one of many different diseases Hispanics combat in the American society. In addition to other factors, the most common influence is limited education on disease prevention in Hispanic communities.
SALUD focuses on the Hispanic community, the fastest growing population in the United States. By 2060, the U.S. will have a minority majority population. As a result, SALUD is focused on helping and educating the Hispanic community.
Cecilia Vega, a double major in Psychology and Portuguese and Vice-President of SALUD said, “We hope to save lives by helping people understand the risks associated with certain aspects of their lifestyles. We aspire to maintain culture while simultaneously making communities healthier.”
We aspire to maintain culture while simultaneously making communities healthier.
The President of SALUD, Mike Garcia, a double major in Rhetoric and Biology compared his organization to Texas Public Health, another public health org on campus. “We are different because we recruit students from all different disciplines because we understand that public health efforts are interdisciplinary in that it takes knowledge from many different majors to initiate and execute change in the world.”
SALUD has taken two initiatives to increase education in this community. First, they partnered with Get Covered America: a nonpartisan organization that connects uninformed individuals to healthcare insurance plans. Secondly, they have plans to work with other on-campus student organizations to host a healthcare fair in the lower socioeconomic neighborhoods to help educate and provide free resources to people in need.
SALUD is an up and coming organization that has a bright future ahead. They aspire to help the community and the students at the University of Texas to be successful. Their members are given a variety of volunteer opportunities, social events, and opportunities for research, fellowships, internships, and long-term volunteering.