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13th Annual Harper College Latino Summit welcomes Leticia Madrigal MA, gathering an expected 450 Latino teens for Higher Education.

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Each year before Harper College’s Annual Latino Summit, attendees are given a survey to gage their thoughts about heading down a path toward higher education.

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Many responses are pessimistic or, at best, apathetic: I’m not going to college. College isn’t for me.

After the event, however, the same survey questions produce a far different tone.

“It’s a completely different story at that point,” said Juanita Bassler, a recruiting specialist at Harper and one of the event organizers. “They talk about their potential, their abilities and the opportunities they’ve had their eyes opened to.”

Harper’s Latino Summit is an all-day event focusing on the importance of sticking with school amid the reality that Latino students seek out college less frequently than their peers. The 13th annual gathering is expected to draw about 450 Latino teens from school districts 207, 211, 214 and 220. It takes place from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21, on the College’s main campus in Palatine.

The day will begin with opening ceremonies and keynote speaker Ernesto Mejia, the proud son of Mexican immigrants and a true example of the American dream. After dropping out of college, he eventually decided to take school seriously, taking on two jobs and a full course load to finish his degree.

Afterward, Mejia earned his master’s and climbed the administrative ranks at several colleges before pursuing his own personal dream of motivating young people to enroll in college. He now tours the country speaking about the importance of finding the strength and confidence to reach one’s potential, even in the wake of racism and prejudice he knows are alive and well.

Leticia Madrigal MA is one many professionals speaking today. Here’s a few things Leticia talked about.


You are an Industrial/Organizational Psychologist and more. Tell us about that?

She is the Principal Industrial/Organizational Psychologist at Madrigal Consulting; Founder and CEO of ÁmateAhora, Voice for Healthy Living. Now with WomenHeart she is expanding her platform by sharing her HeartStory and up to the minute information in Español on Heart Health thanks to the Mayo Clinic and all the WomenHeart partners. 

What are you out to do in your life?

Leticia Madrigal creates a culture of leaders causing leaders. Creating the experience of power and peace of mind by coming to terms with our health. By sharing her families testimony for patient advocacy and empowerment, men’s health and healthy living. Mobilizing healthy families, a healthy workforce at an individual, organizational and community level worldwide.

Tell us what inspired you to create the ÁmateAhora | LoveUNow Movement.

I’ll answer that two fold.

Please raise your hand if you have family, friends, neighbors who have died from a preventable condition? Look around, see for yourself. You are not alone.

Did you know? About 600,000 people die of heart disease in the United States every year–that’s 1 in every 4 deaths. While almost everyone is affected by heart disease directly or indirectly, Afro-americans and Latinos face even higher risks of cardiovascular diseases because of high blood pressure, obesity and diabetes. Additionally, heart disease is the #1 killer of Hispanic women. Unlike many illnesses, heart disease is preventable!

Leticia shares how her parents inspired her journey to be a voice for healthy living, by founding www,joinamate.org. Her father Natalio Madrigal, withheld his symptoms from everyone including his doctor his silence led to his untimely death in 2012. He was an avid walker then the last few years of his life he walked less, ate the same, hence gained weight and had difficulty breathing. He did not share his symptoms, like many.

On the other hand, her mother’s doctor told her she had 6 months to live after living with Diabetes untreated for 20+ years. Francisca Madrigal’s heart and kidney were compromised. Yes indeed Diabetes is a silent killer. Her mother is a survivor of a TIA and is a pacemaker recipient. She chose to powerfully manage her diabetes and now, years later, she’s loving life.

Thanks to being a caregiver she’s learned a lot. In solidarity with her mother’s well being and honoring her father’s life. They embraced the journey to powerfully manage diabetes and lead a healthy lifestyle. They exercise regularly, practice being continuously hydrated, consuming loads of greens, supplements, staying low on the carbs, consuming moderate amounts of protein, is nourished with a peaceful and happy heart.

You were diagnosis with a Heart Murmur?

Just this September Leticia was diagnosed by an Interventional Cardiologist Dr. Mohahamed Dahodwala, MD, FACC from Cardiac Associates with an Aortic Valve Disorder. First identified by a heart murmur caused by slightly leaky valves including the aortic and tricuspid valves. Dr. Dahodwala says, “To date prognosis is good and requires yearly monitoring”. Thanks to Dr. Estella Hernandez, MD from NutriMedicos and Board of ÁmateAhora. She is most grateful for Dr. Estella’s  light speed referral, most gracious and expeditious appointment. To God Be The Glory.

How do you share your story? 

She stands tall sharing with the world their testimony. They founded ÁmateAhora, LoveUNow Voices for Healthy Living a few months after her father’s passing. Where they coined and hold true, “Love you now, tomorrow may be too late” and “ÁmateAhora, mañana pueda ser muy tarde”. 

How do you mobilize the community?

Collaborating with leaders producing an Annual Health Expo, lead 90Day Health Challenges at NutriMedicos 1743 W. 18Th Street. Run for Causes, Blog for ÁmateAhora at http://www.joinamate.org and Advocate for Healthy Living.

At the Latino Summit, several scholarships totaling $15,000 will be presented to graduating seniors who attended the Latino Summit as freshmen and sophomores. Attendees also will break into groups led by about 50 Latino professionals and 40 college students from the area who believe in the event’s mission.

“The professionals discuss the obstacles they’ve faced and the positive influences in their lives,” Bassler said. “Their perspective is crucial for these students, many of whom are the first in their family to even consider going to college and don’t know about what it takes or why it’s so important.”

Sabía que anualmente, 1 en 4 personas va a experimentar una enfermedad de salud mental?

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Sabe cómo ayudar a alguien que está pasando una crisis de salud mental?


Community Counseling Centers of Chicago (C4) 

Le invita a participar en un programa de certificación denominado Primeros Auxilios de Salud Mental (Mental Health First Aid-MHFA). Este programa le dará los conocimientos necesarios para identificar, comprender y responder a alguien que está experimentando un problema de salud mental o una crisis de salud mental hasta que llegue ayuda profesional.

Regístrese en nuestro NUEVO programa, 

Primeros Auxilios de Salud Mental, en español.
CUÁNDO: Noviembre 24, 8:30 am – 5:30 pm
DÓNDE: Community Counseling Centers of Chicago (C4), 2542 W. North Ave, Chicago

El curso de 8 horas, ganará una certificación nacional de Asistente de Primeros Auxilios de Salud Mental y aprenderá:

• Los posibles factores de riesgo y signos de advertencia de problemas de salud mental, como la depresión, la ansiedad/ trauma, psicosis, desórdenes por uso de sustancias, o la auto-lesión.
• La prevalencia de diversos problemas de salud mental en los EE.UU. y la necesidad de reducir el estigma en la comunidad.
• Un plan de acción de 5 pasos para ayudar a la persona en crisis y conectarla con ayuda profesional apropiada.
• Los recursos disponibles para ayudar a alguien con un problema de salud mental – incluso recursos para profesionales y pares, recursos sociales y recursos de autoayuda.

C4 ofrece créditos de educación continua. Visite www.c4chicago.org/mhfa para más detalles.


El costo es de $50 por persona (Costo cubre el almuerzo y snacks, el Manual del Participante, una carpeta con información y recursos, y la certificación por 3 años de Asistente de Primeros Auxilios de Salud Mental!)

Para registrarse visite www.c4chicago.org/mhfa o llame al 773.506.2525
El espacio es limitado asi que REGĺSTRESE HOY!

Porque es “muy importante” salir a votar en Illinois este 4 de Noviembre, Gerardo Torres de El Hispano Universal ©2014 Derechos Reservados

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(Chicago, Il. NHU) Los votantvoto-hispanoes de Illinois salen a contribuir su voto este Martes 4 de Noviembre, 2014. Irán a las urnas para elegir al Gobernador, a la misma vez que contestaran una considerable serie de preguntas que aparecerán en las boletas.

Podrán definir las carreras del Senador federal, así como los Congresistas federales en Washington DC, incluyendo a los Representantes y Senadores Estatales en Springfield, Illinois y para decidir a los miembros de las Juntas de los Condados, Cook, Lake, Will, DuPage, etc. 

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Interesante Estadísticas
En las elecciones de medio término los colegios electorales abren a las 6:00AM y cerrarán a las 7:00PM. Una nueva cantidad de participantes ha roto el record de votantes de Chicago y de los suburbios del Condado de Cook, quienes aprovecharon la oportunidad de contribuir su voto anticipadamente, por lo que se anticipa que los Republicanos, tengan un énfasis potencial para este Martes 4 de Noviembre, Día de Elección.

Casi 242, 000, votantes contribuyeron anticipadamente en persona en la ciudad y en los suburbios del Condado de Cook desde el 20 de Octubre, un aumento de 170, 000 votos que fueron emitidos desde la última elección gubernamental del 2010. Además de las boletas que fueron enviadas por correo en la ciudad y el condado subieron de los casi 49, 000 que hubo hace 4 años, al por lo menos que en esta ocasión subió a 66, 174 y los que aún faltan por contar.

Ojo, Nueva Dinámica En El Proceso incluye, Registrar el mismo día de la elección.

Autoridades de elección, en la mayoría de los otros condados influyentes, también han reportado incrementos en los procesos anticipados y de votantes ausentes. A la misma vez, tantos candidatos como autoridades electorales, se han estado preparando para algo que podrá crear una nueva dinámica en el proceso de empadronamiento o registro el mismo día de la elección.

Se les recuerda a las personas que no se han registrado todavía para votar y han estado viviendo en sus precintos por lo menos 30 días.
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*No olviden llevar dos formas de identificación, una de las cuales contenga su domicilio actual y se les entregara boletas que serán consideradas “provisionales,” las que posteriormente serán contadas hasta que la información de registro proveída por el nuevo elector pueda ser verificada y autentificada. Pero el proceso del empadronamiento o registro para el mismo día de la elección, no está disponible en todas las casillas de votación, lo que podría crear algo de confusión para algunos electores.

Sin embargo en los suburbios del condado de Cook, existen aproximadamente menos de dos docenas de sitios que cuentan con el proceso del mismo día de registro el día de la elección. Autoridades de elección en cada uno de los condados de Illinois, tienen información con el proceso de registro para el mismo día de la elección, que se encuentra disponible en sus páginas de la Internet.

©2014 Derechos Reservados, El Hispano Universal

Nos Sintonizamos hoy, Nov 4  a partir de las 5:00pm en Micrófono Abierto, a traves de la sintonía 1500AM o vía internetwww.radiolatina5.comhttp://www.ustream.tv/channel/radio-latina-5.
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Helpful Guide to Keep in Your Wallet or Save on Your Cell, Say No to GMO

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ENTRENAMIENTO Este Jueves 16th de Oct. Para Promotoras de Salud, y personas interesadas en conducir exámenes de la memoria en su comunidad.

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Jueves, 16 de octubre 2014

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ÁmateAhora is honored by being welcomed to Roosevelt’s inaugural Learning to Lead: Community Partner Mentoring Program

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Roosevelt University has established a Community Partner Mentoring Program to facilitate mentoring relationships between Roosevelt undergraduate students and leaders of area nonprofit community organizations. The program will provide opportunities for Roosevelt students to build leadership skills and gain practical experience while putting their knowledge of social justice theories to work. Read more. http://www.roosevelt.edu/communitypartner


Leticia Madrigal creates a culture of leaders causing leaders. Creating the experience of power and peace of mind by coming to terms with our health. Mobilizing healthy families and a healthy workforce at an individual, organizational and community level to be proactive worldwide.  Is the Principal Industrial/Organizational Psychologist at Madrigal Consulting; Founder and CEO of ÁmateAhora, Voices for Healthy Living.


This program has select dedicated and conscientious students who are interested in gaining insight and experience in community-oriented leadership. Partnering with established organizations that aim to support and transform Chicago communities. Students will benefit from being exposed to the executive-level responsibilities and functions that promote social justice.

Community organizations will benefit from students’ assistance with their efforts and from a strong relationship with Roosevelt University. Non-profits executive director’s benefits are twofold. Executive Directors can use the mentoring as a source of added resource to implement, support, and develop agency wide initiatives that may introduce best practices in specific areas. Executive Directors can develop future employees in the organization having being mentored in areas of need. Roosevelt University benefits by ensuring students gain workforce experience and exposure leading to student motivation for successful graduation.


For Students:

  • Yield meaningful learning about social justice theories in action through unique internship experiences, career guidance, and professional support from practicing professionals
  • Enhance participating students’ employability by strengthening their professional skills and leadership experience
  • Link current students to professional networks and leaders in Chicago

For Organizations:

  • Showcase the work and accomplishments of community organizations in a high-profile symposium
  • Provide points of integration with RU for community organizations and alumni
  • Partnerships could be suitable targets for grant funding to support RU and organizations
  • Prepare young men and women to take leadership roles in the future

Roosevelt University will be hosting its 1st Mentor and Protégés Match Day hosted by Roosevelt University on Friday, October 3 from 9:00-10:15 in room 1215 in the Wabash Building, at 425 South Wabash Avenue. Interested? Contact Assistant Provost Vargas at ivargas@roosevelt.edu


ÁmateAhora is honored to make a difference by representing Illinois as a multicultural bilingual (Español/English) WomenHeart Champion.

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AmateAhora is the only representative flying from IL on-track as WomenHeart Champion Support Network Coordinator and National Spokesperson. Today September 27th we attended our 1st Webinar from WomenHeart before October’s National Science and Leadership Symposium.

We had the pleasure of listening in to 41 national representatives that will be attending the 2014 Mayo Clinic Science & Leadership Symposium this October in Rochester MN at the Mayo Clinic. Currently their are 656 WomenHeart Champions (49 states represented), 129 Support Network Coordinators “SNC” (39 states represented) and 25% are women of color.

Interested? Apply http://www.womenheart.org/?Programs_SL_Main



Today, nearly 70% of Hispanic-American women have at least one risk factor for heart disease, but only 37% know heart disease is their leading health threat.



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