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Latinos Are Less Likely To Seek Medical Help, This Health App In Spanish Could Help

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The likelihood of Latinos going to see a doctor for a check up or even when symptoms appear is pretty low. There are several things that prevent Latinos from seeking medical attention like a lack of health insurance, and recently a fear of immigration officials. Some Latinos prefer to forego the doctor and hope things work out for the better. There are a lot of jokes that Latinos prefer home remedies and Vaporu. Now, one comapny is trying to change that for the better.

Ada Health is an artificial intelligence health platform that is already helping millions of people understand their health.

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Now, the company is going to focus on getting Latinos to the doctor. A Healthy Americas Survey released in 2017 found that out of all minority groups, Latinos were less likely to seek out medical care. An estimated 55 percent of Latinos go to the doctor for health screenings or preventive care.

Ada Health is helping Latinos make medical care a reality by removing obstacles, like the Spanish-language barrier.

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According to the United States Census Bureau, out of the 50 million Spanish speakers in the country, about 17 million of them speak English less than “very well.” For many, it’s usually the children that serve as their parents translator.

Ada is launching a new Spanish language platform to help Latinos better assess their health concerns.

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Ada Health is not a replacement for seeking professional medical help from a doctor. However, it is a useful resource to monitor symptoms and get alerted as to whether or not you need to seek medical attention.

Dr. Claire Novorol, the co-founder and Chief Medical Officer of Ada Health and a former pediatrician, said that Ada is designed to help users feel like they’re having a conversation with a friendly health guide.

Here’s how the app works:

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“The app takes you through a series of questions to understand your past medical history, risk factors and asks you about your current symptoms. Then, Ada generates a detailed health assessment that suggests possible conditions and the likelihood of each condition,” Dr. Novorol said. “Ada explores your health and symptoms in detail, personalizing follow up questions to your particular situation and drawing upon an enormous medical knowledge base to suggest possible causes.”

The medical app can also help navigate psychological symptoms and ailments.

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There is still a stigma surrounding mental health within the Latino community. It is something our community is started to talk about through op culture and media. Ada Health is offering a chance to learn a little more about your mental health.

“It’s critical that the healthcare community continues to work together to understand and embrace new solutions that empower individuals and improve their ability to access the personalized and high-quality care they need,” Dr. Novorol said. “Behind Ada is proprietary artificial intelligence technology and a medical knowledge base that covers thousands of conditions including psychological symptoms and cases, curated by our team of medical experts.”

Because Latinos have a slew of holistic remedies, Ada is planning on incorporating that approach in the future.

“Right now, the app serves as the first line of defense intended to help a patient navigate to the appropriate care, which may include holistic care,” Dr. Novorol said. “At this stage, the app does not recommend specific holistic healthcare providers, but this is something that’s on the horizon for Ada.”

As we noted the app should not replace professional medical help. The app is meant to be provide “timely access to credible health information, a safe and confidential outlet for individuals to address their initial concerns, and empower them to seek the appropriate guidance.”


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Two Government Agencies Are Being Sued For Arresting Undocumented Spouses Of US Citizens Seeking Legal Status

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Two Government Agencies Are Being Sued For Arresting Undocumented Spouses Of US Citizens Seeking Legal Status

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A United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) office in Boston appears to have been coordinating with local Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials to arrest undocumented spouses of US citizens when appearing at interviews for legal status. According to a class action lawsuit against ICE and USCIS by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), documents show the agencies discussed scheduled interviews with immigrants at times that were convenient for ICE agents who would be waiting to arrest them. The ACLU criticizes these efforts as a deportation “trap” that violates the constitutional rights of immigrants otherwise following the rules to become legal citizens.

Emails show that ICE officials asked to spread out immigration interviews over time to best accommodate deportation efforts.

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The lawsuit filed Monday was part of a Massachusetts federal case involving Lilian Calderon, 30, who was taken into ICE custody in January when she and her husband went into a marriage interview so that she could begin the process of trying to become a lawful permanent resident. The couple visited a USCIS office in Rhode Island and just after sitting down for her interview, she was “unexpectedly detained by ICE,” the lawsuit alleges. In one case, the emails show ICE officials requesting USCIS to delay an immigrant’s meeting by 15 minutes because ICE agents were “getting a late start.”

The ACLU lawsuit claims that the government created this path to citizenship and is now using it to deport immigrants.

“The government created this particular path to lawful immigration status, and then arrested people for following that path,” Matthew Segal, legal director for the ACLU of Massachusetts, said in a statement to mitú. “These were coordinated arrests – and the marriage interviews that our clients had to go through were set-ups.”

 The ACLU lawsuit argues that Homeland Security regulations created under former President Barack Obama allow immigrants with U.S.-citizen spouses to stay in the country while they seek a green card — even if they’re already subject to deportation.

“That regulation is still the law of the land,” Segal said. “So arresting these folks is not about law and order. These are people with a path to legalization and the government is trying to block that.”

ICE officials say the coordination between the two Department of Homeland Security agencies is “lawful and legitimate.”

Andrew Graham, a Boston-based ICE officer, told the AP, the agency usually receives lists of immigrants from the USCIS seeking legal residency who have already been ordered for deportation, had re-entered the country illegally.

Graham said ICE then works with USCIS to schedule legal status interviews so that ICE agents can be present to make an arrest. He says ICE agents like to spread out these interviews to help the workload on agents and to prevent generating “negative media interest” from arrests.

The lawsuit is bringing the “negative media interest” immigration officials were trying to avoid during their arrests.

Many on social media are denouncing coordination between ICE and the USCIS calling it “inhumane” and “unconscionable.” This lawsuit comes amidst other controversies for ICE officials who have faced public backlash this year for the separation and treatment of immigrants.

The ACLU’s findings are the latest in the class-action suit filed earlier this year on behalf of immigrants who have been or fear being separated from their U.S.-citizen spouses. The case will be argued on Aug. 20 in Boston federal court and will include five couples named in the case.


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