Bridging the Cultural Gap in the Mexican American Population

New statistics project that the nation will become “minority white” in 2045. During that year, whites will comprise 49.7% of the population in contrast to 24.6% for Hispanics, 13.1% for blacks, 7.9% for Asians, and 3.8% for multiracial populations. Diabetes, obesity, and stroke disproportionally affect Hispanics, almost double that of non-Latino whites, according to the American Diabetes Association. The definition of Hispanics is broad. This presentation will focus predominately on Mexican-Americans, the largest sub-group of Hispanics in the United States. Understanding the culture can enhance communication and allow for more effective interventions (participants will learn practical dietary applications) to prevent and delay chronic disease in this at-risk population.

Presented on: Thursday, March 14, 2019, 2 p.m. -3 p.m. EST 9  (Rescheduled from Tuesday, March 12!)


Esther Schuster, MS, RD, CDEEsther Schuster, MS, RD, CDE

I currently live and work in Southern California and this has afforded me the privilege of working with a predominately Hispanic population for over 35 years. As a bicultural/bilingual individual, it is my pleasure to share insight and practical applications to improve the health of this at-risk community.
I received my M.S. in Human Nutrition from the University of Bridgeport, Conn. and CDE in 1996. My previous professional positions include: Public Health Nutritionist for PHF WIC; private practice for physician group in Pasadena; Nutrition Instructor for Life Sciences Dept. at Pasadena City College; Instructor for Public Health Foundation Enterprises, Dietetic Internship Program, on Biochemistry of CHO, PRO, FAT and Vitamins/Mineral Metabolism; spokesperson for profit and non-profit corporations - Canola & Dairy Council of CA. Currently, I am a nutrition educator for first-to-third year Medical Family Residents at Glendale Adventist Hospital; own a private practice with an emphasis on wellness, weight and diabetes management; and nationally speak on multiple topics. I hold professional memberships in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), Calif. Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Calif. Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics/Los Angeles District, American Association of Diabetic Educators, AND Dietetic Practice Groups: Diabetes Care & Ed, Integrative & Functional Nutrition, and Food & Culinary Professionals. My interest include: kayaking, swimming, hiking, biking, running, yoga, public speaking, books, travel, film, science promotion.

Credits: 1 CEU, Level 1 CEU Codes:  1040 Cultural Sensitivity, 3020 Assessment of target groups and populations, 5190 Diabetes, 4020 Community program development


After completing this webinar, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify 3 factors that contribute to health discrepancies in Hispanics versus non-Latino whites
  2. Name 2 negative habits adopted by Hispanics through acculturation to a western lifestyle
  3. State 3 culturally relevant steps to improve health in the Hispanic population

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