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Muhammad Ali Ribbon CuttingThe great Muhammad Ali at the ribbon cutting of the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center in Phoneix.

Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center Expands Hispanic Outreach

October 22, 2013

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The Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center is reaching out to U.S. Hispanics, who are the ethnic minority most impacted by Parkinson’s in the U.S.

The center, located in Phoenix, will expand its Hispanic outreach with seminars throughout the U.S., online seminars in Spanish, and gatherings in Mexico and Colombia.

“Hispanics have twice the probability of developing Parkinson’s disease than other minority groups in the U.S., such as African-Americans and Asian-Americans,” said Claudia Martinez, the Hispanic outreach coordinator at St. Joseph’s Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center. “Education is a very powerful tool that we want to share with Spanish-speaking families, who lack appropriate resources, in order to empower them in their everyday fight with Parkinson’s disease.”

Claudia Martinez Claudia Martinez is the Hispanic outreach coordinator at St. Joseph's Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center.

The course, called Parkinson 202, is an extension of the Ali center’s first online education course. Held in April, Parkinson 101 brought together more than 250 participants from the U.S., Mexico and Columbia, according to a press release. The educational seminars are free and will be held from 1 - 2:30 p.m. (Mountain Time) on Nov. 1 and Nov. 22.

Anyone can watch online by visiting and clicking “Seminario Educativo Parkinson.” If watching live, viewers are able to participate by answering polls and asking questions via email.

“The Hispanic outreach program at the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center is unique because it is not based in translating services and materials to Spanish, but in designing services that meet the needs of Hispanics living with Parkinson's disease today,” Ms. Martinez said. “We have a culturally sensitive approach and a genuine desire to empower Hispanic families to participate actively in their care and well-being.”

Parkinson 202 has been designed by experts at the Ali center to help people living with Parkinson’s and their family members better understand the disease's nonmotor-related symptoms.

“The seminars are unique because our understanding and sensitivity of the Hispanic culture allows us to provide a community environment that encourages active participation and learning,” Ms. Martinez said in a press release.

The MAPC Lobby The lobby of the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center in Phoneix.

In Arizona, the Hispanic Outreach Program at the Ali center offers a monthly support group, a yearly group picnic, various exercise and expressive art classes, workshops for caregivers, a choir called Voces Unidas, and the first-of-its-kind Promotores Program for Hispanics with Parkinson's.

For information, call Claudia Martinez at (602) 406-2453, or visit

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