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Katharine the great white shark lurking in waters off central Florida coast

 

Katharine, the great white shark, has surfaced again in Florida waters, this time pinging off the coast just north of Port St. Lucie.

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Katharine, who has been swimming up the east coast of Florida since January, started her northward trek parallel to Lake Worth on January 13. In the months that have followed, she has moved up the coast as far north as Orlando on January 27 before heading back south.

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The group OCEARCH tagged the 14-foot-long shark in 2013 off Cape Cod, and has tracked Katherine during her travels up and down the East Coast, as well as her 2014 journey into the Gulf of Mexico.

Katharine’s last recorded ping was on April 19 in waters parallel to an area on land between Vero Beach and Sebastian. She pinged again on April 24, but “did not surface long enough to get precise coordinates,” according to OCEARCH

The 2,300-pound great white has traveled a total of 31,087,052 miles since OCEARCH began tracking her, according to the group’s online tracker.

>> Related: Katharine the great white shark sidles up to Fort Pierce

Katharine has become a favorite of shark trackers, and even has her own Twitter account, @Shark_Katharine, with more than 45,000 followers.

 

Health Care Worries Pull Crowd To Conservative Ohio Rep’s Town Hall

LIMA, Ohio — Speaking over constituents’ often-hostile shouts and angry murmurs, one of Congress’ most conservative Republicans told a tense town hall meeting here Monday that less government regulation — not more — is the solution to their rising health care premiums.

“What we want to do is make sure we have the best health care system in the world and bring back affordable insurance plain and simple. That’s what I’m trying to do. That’s what we continue to focus on,” said Rep. Jim Jordan, the co-founder of the House’s conservative Freedom Caucus. Its firm opposition to the GOP’s plan to replace the Affordable Care Act forced party leaders last month to yank their bill from a vote on the House floor.

But on the eve of Congress’ return to Washington after a two-week Easter recess, Jordan offered no clues to his party’s next move on a health care bill or the prospects for a government shutdown if Congress fails to agree before the Friday deadline on a bill to provide short-term funding to keep it operating.

More than 200 people attended the Ohio congressman’s 2 1/2-hour meeting, mostly pummeling him with questions and personal stories about their health care. Jordan heard from constituents with sick children, veterans who couldn’t access Veterans Affairs’ care and nervous families who feared what could happen to them if federal Medicaid funding is cut, among others.

Seated on black folding chairs in a windowless hall of the Lima Veterans Civic Center, many in the audience followed a practice that’s been common this year at congressional members’ town hall meetings — holding up red signs when they disagreed with Jordan and, less frequently, green signs when they agreed. Jordan, unruffled by opposition, drew laughs once when he referred to a woman in the crowd as “gentlelady,” in the formal way that male members of Congress sometimes address female members when the House is in session.

Tobias Buckell told the congressman the ACA’s mandate that insurers cover preexisting conditions had made it possible for both his wife, Emily, and him to have careers as freelancers — he as a science fiction writer and Emily as an e-book designer. Buckell, the father of twin 8-year-old daughters, told Jordan the only way he could risk that career choice was because he was able to buy insurance through the law’s exchanges. He has a genetic heart condition that he said had made him virtually uninsurable before.

“We’re going to be moved to a high risk pool, we’ll pay three times as much our current rate … how will that help me?” asked Buckell, 38.

Though the most vocal members of the crowd were largely in disagreement with Jordan’s views, a quiet minority in the front of the room shook their heads and waved green signs in agreement when the congressman responded to a question by saying he did not believe health care is a universal right.

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“I do not believe health care is a right. Rights are not given to us by the government, rights come from God, although Jim acknowledged that the American people have come to accept it as a right,” said Linda Gentry, a 66-year old constituent who works for an insurance company.

Of the 17 questions Jordan was asked, 13 related to health care. Lisa Robeson, the event’s moderator, estimated that around half of the 45 questions submitted in advance focused on the topic.

Jordan’s comments on the federal government’s role in solving the opioid crisis brought what might have been his audience’s most negative reaction of the night.

Ohio has been especially hard hit in recent years. It led the nation in opioid overdose deaths in 2015, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation, while Dayton, just an hour and a half south of Lima, topped a criminal justice group’s national ranking of America’s most drugged-out cities last year.

“I’m not convinced the federal government giving more money will solve the problem,” Jordan said. Instead of a “grand scheme” handed down from Washington, he suggested churches, schools and families are best equipped to handle the opioid epidemic – a remark that raised a sea of red signs across the room.

Jordan’s 4th District touches the northern part of the state near Lake Erie, and includes rural areas and suburbs of Columbus, the state capitol. He has been the district’s congressman since 2007 and he has little reason to be alarmed by contentious town halls. Jordan was reelected last November with more than 68 percent of the vote.

By the end of Monday’s town hall, some of Jordan’s constituents were divided on whether they’d heard what they came to find out.

“It’s clear to me that there is sort of a vague idea what the Republican replacement would be, and I don’t think we got a statement about that,” said Robert Kemp, 62, a health care economist that also rose to speak in favor of universal health care.

Barbara Mayer, 81, a retired teacher, didn’t mind the lack of specificity. She said it was unfair for people to demand comment on a measure that hasn’t been finalized yet.

“They’re quoting things about what Trump’s bringing out and it isn’t even public yet,” Mayer said. “People aren’t giving the new Congress a fair trial.”

Woman with Down syndrome competes in Miss USA state pageant

A woman with Down syndrome is shattering all precedents and is set to compete for the title of Miss Minnesota. According to KARE, she is believed to be the first person in the country to compete in a Miss USA state pageant.

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Mikayla Holmgren, 22, of Marine on St. Croix, Minnesota, has never let Down syndrome stop her from doing what she loves.

She applied online to be a part of the Miss Minnesota pageant and was accepted.

“I want to do this. My mom is so freaked out, but I want to do this,” Holmgren told KARE.

Holmgren is no stranger to the spotlight. She previously won the title of Minnesota Junior Miss Amazing in 2015. She has also been dancing for years.

In the Miss Minnesota USA pageant, she will be judged on the evening gown, swimsuit and interview categories.

“I want the world to know that Down syndrome does not define me. With your help, I can help break through walls,” a GoFundMe page for Holmgren reads. According to the account’s page, the funds will go toward the costs associated with the competition.

Pit bull breaks from chain, mauls man to death

A man was mauled to death Tuesday by a pit bull, said authorities in Dayton, Ohio. 

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Three dogs were removed from a house after a dog fatally mauled a man who was walking in an alley behind the house.

The victim in the attack was identified as 60-year-old Maurice Brown, of Dayton, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office. 

Police said Brown was attacked around 5:15 a.m. by a vicious adult male pit bull. Officers found and removed three pit bulls from the property. 

Authorities quarantined the dog that attacked Brown before shooting and killing it.

Police said it appears that the dogs did not have food or water and might have been hungry.

Police responded to a report Tuesday morning after a neighbor called 911 and reported hearing someone yelling for help. 

The caller told the 911 operator that he heard a man outside, crying for about three to five minutes. 

“There's a man outside yelling, ‘Jesus, help me. Help me,’” the caller told the dispatcher. “Sounds like he’s in pain. He’s yelling at the top of his lungs. All the dogs are barking.” 

Police are working with the Animal Resource Center to find out what dogs in that area might have licenses or any problem animals reported by neighbors.

Police Lt. Andrew Booher said the owner of the property where the dogs were found is in a nursing home, and it's unknown if the property owner also owns the dogs. However, police said that there's evidence people were feeding and caring for four dogs at the home.

Potential charges in a fatal dog attack could range from control of animal to felony offenses, but Booher said the prosecutor’s office will be consulted. 

"The injuries were pretty severe from the dog itself," Booher said, adding the dog was still attacking the man when officers arrived on scene. "This isn't something that ordinarily happens."

Watch: Hilarious selfie with panda doesn’t go as planned

 

A zoo keeper trying to take a selfie with a panda at a zoo in China learns the hard way that wild animals, like pandas, are often unpredictable.

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In a video posted by ABC, the keeper attempts to take a picture with the black and white bear, but it isn’t cooperating, instead the panda bites her head and pulls her hair. 

The panda grabbed onto her head for a few seconds until another zoo worker came to the rescue, gently patting the bear until it released the woman’s hair. 

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It’s unclear if the keeper ever got a picture with the panda. 

4 Ways to Detach From Work and Finally Enjoy Your Downtime

I used to wish there were some magical screen in my work elevator that activated after 5:30 p.m. Once I passed through it and hit “lobby,” I could, at least for a while, forget where I worked and enjoy some me time before rolling back in by 9 a.m. the following morning (or on Monday).

These days, with communication devices at our fingertips, working from home now commonplace, and the expectation of 24-hour accessibility, it’s harder than ever to transition from a work mindset to a home/relaxation/fill-in-the-blank state of mind most days. But it’s not impossible.

Here’s how to switch from work mode a bit more easily when you want to:

1. Establish a transition system.

When I lived in Sydney, Australia, I used to walk home over the Sydney Harbour Bridge three to four nights a week. It took almost an hour, but by the time I slipped my keys into my front door, I was a different person. I listened to music. I crossed the water and saw the sparkling city lights (not just the bright light of my screens). I had some uninterrupted time to think and to daydream.

My husband does something similar now in NYC. He gets off the subway three to four stops away from our home to just walk. The nights he does this, he arrives home noticeably calmer and more present.

2. Switch it off.

It seems obvious, but it isn’t. Putting your phone away for a short period is a decision that’s entirely up to you. No one is going to arrest you for not checking email for 45 minutes. As you commute home via car, subway, bus… could you turn on some classical music in the car? Tune in to a funny or educational podcast? Pick up a physical book and get lost in the pages? 

The physical act of disconnecting from work stuff is very powerful; it’s just not one we choose enough.

3. Relish a ritual.

My friend Selena takes a bubble bath almost every night. My friend Marc cooks dinner every evening while listening to jazz. My friend Libby goes to a workout class four nights a week as soon as she leaves the office. These habits are not only healthy, they are also meditative. Because there’s no inbox in sight.

What can you look forward to every evening that allows you to disengage from work? And TV does count. If it’s soothing and helps you decompress, it’s a yes! Just plan your shows so you can settle straight in versus clicking around in frustration. And leave your phone and laptop on charge in another room while you curl up and chill.

4. Shake it off.

I can’t think of a single time in my career when I was having fun, out with friends, enjoying myself at a movie, anything, when something urgent happened at work, and I dropped the ball because I wasn't glued to my screen after hours.

Has this ever happened to you? I’m guessing not. And if it has, it’s by far the exception rather than the rule, right? Sometimes the fear of missing something and appearing on top of everything (projecting perfectionism, anyone?) consumes our actions and therefore multiple hours of our day. Of our week. Of our life. 

Most of the anxiety and stress we feel about being constantly connected to our jobs is self-imposed. Unless there is an emergency, an important deadline, or a timely project to complete, most days we can probably enter our evenings, personal time, and space 100 percent guilt free. But this must be a conscious choice. It can feel like a rebellious move. It’s not. It’s a healthy one.

That magical screen I fantasized about? You don’t need it. It’s within you. It’s called free will. 

Susie Moore is Greatist's life coach columnist and a confidence coach in New York City. Sign up for free weekly wellness tips on her website and check back every Tuesday for her latest No Regrets column!

9 Fruit Salads That Will Impress the Hell Out of Every Barbecue Guest

There are tons of reasons to love summer—longer days, trips to the beach, ice cream trucks on every corner—but our favorite part just might be the endless number of barbecues. From Memorial Day through Labor Day, it seems like someone's always hosting a weekend event, and why not? Hanging out with friends, eating, and drinking outdoors... you don't have to ask us twice.

While no one wants to show up empty-handed, spending a ton of time prepping for a potluck isn't ideal either. Skip the complicated dessert (and the store-bought chips and dip) and bring one of these healthy fruit salads instead. They’re easy to make, refreshing, and don't need to be refrigerated; plus, they’ll leave you way less bloated than packaged nacho dip—hooray!

1. Lemon Poppyseed Triple Fruit Salad Simple and tasty are our two favorite words when it comes to recipes. Cut up pineapple, strawberries, and kiwis to make a super-colorful salad, stat. It comes with an easy, light dressing too, made with lemon juice, poppy seeds, and honey. 2. Blueberry, Watermelon, Mint, and Feta Salad Watermelon, feta, and mint are an amazing flavor combination. Salty, sweet, and fresh, these ingredients are actually the perfect summer trio. And while they're tasty on their own, blueberries and balsamic vinegar take things one step further for an even sweeter salad. 3. Honey-Lime Rainbow Fruit Salad This salad is as close as you’ll get to a rainbow in a bowl, no food coloring required. Grab some grapes, oranges, kiwis, strawberries, blueberries, pineapple, and bananas, and toss in a honey-lime sauce for a fruit spread everyone will love. 4. Tropical Quinoa Salad Want something a bit more substantial for your BBQ? Add quinoa to fruit salad. It tastes great with juicy berries, sweet mango, tart kiwis, and fresh oranges. Think of it as pasta salad’s sweeter cousin. 5. Berry Watermelon Fruit Salad This pretty purple salad mixes alllll the berries with cherries and watermelon, plus a squeeze of lime juice. Just don’t wear white when you dig into this one. 6. Mango Fruit Salad With Honey Yogurt Sauce It may look like it, but this ain’t your momma’s Cool Whip fruit salad. Mix plain yogurt with honey and vanilla extract to make a light, creamy sauce to pour over strawberries, citrus, mango, apple, and bananas. It’s so sweet, it can double as dessert. 7. Mojito Fruit Salad Your favorite summer drink gets the salad treatment with this boozy fruit dish. Get the party started by adding a little rum to your fruit bowl, along with lime juice, powdered sugar, and mint. 8. Citrus Avocado Salad Stock up on your favorite citrus to make this killer salad—cara cara oranges, tangerines, blood oranges, whatever floats your boat will taste great on top of fresh greens and mixed in with fresh avocado slices. 9. Blueberry Pineapple Fruit Salsa While not quite a salad, this fruit salsa looked too good not to include. Blueberries and pineapple are the perfect counterbalance to jalapeño and Sriracha in the spicy-sweet dip. Pro-tip: The flavors taste even better after a few hours, so make it earlier in the day and refrigerate until you’re ready to go.

Woman claims Fitbit burned her arm after it ‘exploded’

A Wisconsin woman said she suffered second-degree burns on her arm after her Fitbit tracker “exploded” while she read a book, ABC News reported.

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Dina Mitchell said she had owned her Fitbit Flex 2 for about two weeks when the fitness tracking device allegedly caught fire on her arm Tuesday night.

"I was literally just sitting and reading when my Fitbit exploded,” Mitchell told ABC News in an emailed statement Sunday. "It was either defective or really mad I was sitting still so long … I don’t know. Either way, it burned the heck out of my arm."

When the device began to burn, Mitchell said she ripped it off her arm and tossed it on the floor. She told ABC News that her doctor had to pick pieces of plastic and rubber out of her arm after the incident.

An emergency care provider in the Milwaukee area told KTRK that Mitchell was treated the day after she said the incident occurred.

Mitchell, who said she got the tracker as a birthday gift, said Fitbit offered her a free replacement device after she notified the company.

A Fitbit spokesman told ABC News that the company is investigating the issue. The company said it was unaware of any other similar complaints.

6 Cool-Down Moves You Can Do After Any Workout

It's easy to brush off a cool-down. After you crush a workout (which is an accomplishment in and of itself), the last thing you feel like doing is using more of your precious time to stretch. But cooling down properly is an important part of recovery.

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"Doing mobility exercises to cool down—instead of just stopping—keeps the blood circulating and prevents it from pooling, which may cause dizziness or fainting," says Noam Tamir, certified trainer and founder of TS Fitness. That extra blood flow means your muscles are warm and in a prime position to be stretched or foam rolled to leave you less sore the next day. A few easy movements also give your heart rate a chance to come down slowly, avoiding a drastic drop in your blood pressure, Tamir adds. 

With that in mind, he gave us six do-anywhere exercises that hit all the most common tight spots and give your body a chance to reset post-workout. Trust us, you won't regret spending 6 minutes on this. How it works:  Perform each move below in order for 60 seconds, without stopping between moves. The entire warm-up will take 6 minutes. 

1. All-Fours Rock Back Benefits: Helps realign spine by allowing low back to decompress, engages the deep muscles of your pelvic floor and core, and increases hip mobility.   Start on all fours, wrists under shoulder, knees slightly wider than hip-width apart, spine neutral (not arched). Engage core and press into hands to slowly send hips back toward heels. Try to keep hips still throughout. Return to starting position and repeat.  2. Child's Pose With Reach Benefits: Releases low back while stretching hips, quads, and ankles, and reducing stress and fatigue. Add the reach to gently stretch the side of the body.  Start kneeling on all fours, wrists under shoulder, knees under hips. Send hips back to shift butt to heels and rest chest on thighs while arms extend straight. Slowly walk hands to right side, back to center, then to left. Continue to repeat.  3. T-Spine Foam Roll Benefits: Massages back muscles and increases thoracic spine (T-spine) mobility while gently stretching chest muscles and strengthening abdominal muscles. Lie faceup on mat with knees bent and place foam roller across middle of back. With fingertips behind ears, use legs to pull hips forward allowing roller to travel up to shoulders, then use abs to crunch up as roller moves back to starting position. Repeat.  4. Hip Flexor Foam Roll Benefits: Relieves tight hip flexors with gentle massage.  Place foam roller on mat and position hips over it in a high plank position. Turn to right side to lower left hip down onto roller. Keep legs wide for balance, neck relaxed, and use arms for support and control. Rock back and forth over hip flexors as slowly as is comfortable. Repeat on other side.  5. 90-90 Stretch Benefits:  Opens up hips and releases tension from low back while stretching hamstrings. Start sitting on mat. Place right leg in front of you (shin parallel to hips) and open left leg out to the side (shin perpendicular to hips) so foot is behind you with 90-degree bends in both knees and ankles. Ankles should be in-line with heels. With a long back and neck relaxed, bend at waist and stretch arms as far forward as is comfortable. Return to starting position and repeat.  6. Neck Stretch Benefits: Releases tension and relieves strain in the neck.  Start sitting or kneeling in a comfortable position. Take right arm overhead and place fingertips on left side of head. Gently pull head toward right shoulder, feeling a stretch along left side of neck. Hold for 15 to 30 seconds then return to starting position. Repeat on other side.

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Photography: Julia Hembree 

Special thanks to Noam Tamir, certified trainer and founder of TS Fitness in New York City, for modeling these moves for us. 

Reluctant Patients, Hispanic Men Pose A Costly Challenge To The Health System

BALTIMORE — Peter Uribe left Chile at 21 with his wife and 2-year-old daughter, landing in Baltimore and finding steady work in construction. His social life revolved around futbol, playing “six or seven nights a week in soccer tournaments,” he said.

A couple of years after his arrival, he broke his foot during a game and afraid of the cost, didn’t seek medical care.

“Some of my family warned me that if I went to the hospital and couldn’t pay the bill, I’d get a bad credit record,” said Uribe, 41, who made about $300 a week and had no health insurance. “I wanted to buy a car or a house someday.” Instead, he hobbled through workdays and stayed off the field for three years; the residual pain is sometimes disabling, even two decades later.

For reasons both economic and cultural, Hispanic men are loath to interact with the health system. Women across all races are more likely to seek care than men. But the gender gap in the Hispanic community is especially troubling to health care providers. Studies show that Latino men are much less likely than Latinas to get treatment.

That is true even though Hispanic men are more likely than non-Hispanic whites to be obese, have diabetes or have high blood pressure. Those who drink tend to do so heavily, contributing to the group’s higher rates of alcoholic cirrhosis and deaths from chronic liver disease. Many take risky jobs such as construction workers and laborers, and are more likely to die from on-the-job injuries than other workers, government data show.

Hispanics’ share of the population is expected to widen from nearly a fifth now to a quarter by 2045. As that number grows, researchers worry that the nation could face costly consequences as long-ignored conditions lead to serious illness and disability.

“It could literally break the health care system,” said José Arévalo, board chairman of Latino Physicians of California, which represents Hispanic doctors and others who treat Latinos.

And now, some medical professionals fear the effects of President Donald Trump’s crackdown on illegal immigrants.

“When the community faces this kind of stress, I worry that people will do unhealthy things, like abuse alcohol, to deal with it,” said Kathleen Page, co-director of Centro SOL, a health center at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, and founder of the city’s Latino HIV Outreach Program. “That means they may not work as much,” she added. “They’ll have less money, which means they’re less likely to seek care.”

Welcomed by Baltimore officials, immigrants have driven the city’s Hispanic population, tripling it to 30,000 since 2000.

Here, as elsewhere, evidence suggests that for many Hispanic men, seeking health care is an extraordinary event. Hospital data show they are more likely than Hispanic women, white women and white men to go to the emergency room as their primary source of treatment — a sign that they wait until they’ve no choice but to get help.

Some care providers say medical institutions haven’t done enough to keep Hispanic men healthy, or to persuade them to get regular exams.

“There’s been an ongoing need for institutions to become more culturally attuned and aware of bias,” said Elena Rios, president of the National Hispanic Medical Association, which represents the nation’s 50,000 Latino physicians.

There are some significant differences in health risk and illness rates among Hispanic subgroups — Puerto Ricans are more likely to be smokers, for example. Compared with Hispanics born in the U.S., those born elsewhere have much lower rates of cancer, heart disease and high blood pressure. Overall, Hispanics live longer than whites.

But these advantages may be dissipating as Latinos become Americanized and adopt unhealthy habits such as smoking and diets high in fatty, processed foods.

“I tell people we live longer and suffer,” said Jane Delgado, a clinical psychologist and Cuban-American who serves as president of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health.

Researchers who investigate gaps in cancer testing have found that all ethnic groups and genders have seen a decrease in late-stage colon cancer diagnoses and deaths in recent years — except Hispanic men, who get screened at the lowest rates of any race or ethnic group.

Often, health problems arise after immigrants come up against an insurance barrier. A few years after Jose Cedillo came to Baltimore from Honduras, the 41-year-old cook noticed his legs were often numb or painful. Worried about finances, he eschewed treatment and continued to work, before finally going to a clinic where he was diagnosed with diabetes.

In the seven years since, his health has so deteriorated he can’t work, is frequently homeless and spends long stints in the hospital. As an immigrant who came to the U.S. illegally, he is not eligible for government-paid insurance or disability payments. And he can’t afford medicine. Instead, he said, “I’ll drink alcohol to numb the pain.”

[caption id="attachment_723487" align="aligncenter" width="770"] Jose Cedillo, a 41-year-old former restaurant worker from Honduras struggles to get health care for his diabetes. His immigration status compounds his issues and often finds himself without a job and homeless on the streets of Baltimore. (Doug Kapustin for KHN)[/caption]

Part of the problem is that Spanish speakers are underrepresented among medical professionals. After arriving here, Uribe’s family members frequently brought along an English-speaking nephew or niece when they could afford to see doctors. Otherwise, “we’d travel a long ways to find a doctor who spoke Spanish,” he said.

Hospitals frequently lack cultural understanding and bilingual staffing, administrators admit. Though Latinos make up nearly 20 percent of the population, only 5 percent of physicians and 7 percent of registered nurses are Hispanic. That gap has widened as more Hispanics have come to this country during the past three decades, according to a UCLA study released in 2015.

“Too often, people don’t understand what you’re saying, they don’t know what you’re going to charge them, what dietary restrictions you might place upon them,” said James Page, vice president for diversity at Johns Hopkins Medicine. “It creates a trust issue for Hispanics. We’ve got to get better at serving them.”

That is particularly true in mental health. Only 1 percent of psychologists in the U.S. are Hispanic, meaning that Spanish-speaking men who do seek therapy will probably struggle to find it.

In Baltimore, there is only one Spanish-language support group for men who suffer from anxiety and depression, local psychologists and Latino advocates say. The city employs one Spanish-speaking substance abuse counselor. A small handful of bilingual social workers citywide offer reduced-rate counseling sessions, and only three psychiatrists offer therapy sessions conducted in Spanish.

For Peter Uribe, the key to maintaining his family’s health is getting help paying for care. His wife and brother both suffer from epileptic seizures, and his brother’s despondency caused Uribe to become depressed, he said. In 2015, he obtained insurance for his family through a charity program. With the help of now-affordable medicines, his wife’s seizures waned, and he sought help for chronic depression. Since he now speaks English, finding counseling help is easier.

In January, after intervention from a Latino advocacy group, the charity renewed the Uribes’ policy for two years. Peter Uribe calls it a godsend:

“I honestly have no idea what we’d do without it.”

Michael Anft is a Baltimore-based journalist and writer whose work regularly appears in AARP: The Magazine, The Chronicle of Higher Education and other publications. Daniel Trielli, a data journalist at Capital News Service at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism, contributed to this report.

The Annie E. Casey Foundation supports KHN’s coverage of health disparities in east Baltimore.

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