La Salud in ASPH (Association of Schools of Public Health)

Last week’s event was featured in the weekly newsletter from the Association of School of Public Health!

Dia de los Muertos event

Michigan’s La Salud Hosts Dia de los Muertos Event to Educate Public About Health Disparities

La Salud, a Latino/a health student organization at University of Michigan School of Public Health, hosted a celebration of the traditional Mexican holiday Dia de los Muertos at the school on Monday, November 2. It was a chance to make traditional decorations like sugar skulls and cookies, but it was also a time to honor the memory of Latinos who have died of preventable diseases, and to educate the public about Latino health disparities.

Latinos are, for example, disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS, diabetes and certain types of cancer in this country, the student organizers explained.

La Salud is a student organization at the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health addressing Latino/a public health issues in the community. All students who share these concerns and interests are welcome to join the organization. The group’s main objectives are:

· To serve as a resource to current Latino/a Public Health students, as well as to facilitate the transition of incoming Latino/a students upon their arrival at the School of Public Health;

· To develop a link between School of Public Health students and Latino communities; and

· To serve as a vehicle for leadership development and building the capacities of members to become public health professionals.

More information about the event is available at the La Salud student blog,


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