March of Dimes Celebrates the Latina Woman

Lawndale News Chicago's Bilingual Newspaper - HealthMore than 300 Latina women from youth to seniors will come together for an annual March of Dimes event that celebrates Latinas while increasing awareness of health issues like pregnancy, premature birth and overall wellness. The event, “Celebrando La Mujer Latina,” will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19, at Hilton Oak Lawn, 9333 S. Cicero Ave., Oak Lawn. According to the Centers for Disease Control, about 410,000 teens aged 15 to 19 gave birth in the U.S in 2009. Moreover, Hispanics have the highest teenage population rate in the country. Nationwide, the birth rate among Hispanic teens is 70.1, compared to 59 for blacks and 25.6 for whites, per 1,000 females, the CDC states. In Illinois, Hispanics and non-Hispanic blacks have equally high rates of teen pregnancy, nearly four times more than non-Hispanic whites (CDC). “Celebrando La Mujer Latina” will also feature an expo of vendors, agencies and organizations providing resources and tools related to health, wellness, healthy relationships, emotional issues and teen pregnancy. This event is sponsored by State Farm, UIC College of Nursing, Saint Anthony Hospital and Univision Chicago.

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