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A national leader in the development and implementation of Community Health Worker programs since 1983

MHP Salud consistently receives recognition for programmatic excellence, innovation and responsiveness to the community. MHP Salud’s most significant honors include the national Models That Work award and the Border Models of Excellence designation. The National Advisory Council on Migrant Health cites MHP Salud as one of only a few organizations in the country “successfully reaching migrant populations that were previously isolated from necessary health and social services.”

Awards and Recognition by Year

Tenth Annual Esther M. Holderby Dedicated Community Health Worker Award – Linda Medrano – 2015

Sponsored by James M. Holderby Jr. and Lisa Renee Holderby-Fox. MHP Salud Promotora Linda Medrano was awarded the honor that pays tribute to a mid-career Promotor(a) who promotes health in their community. The award commemorates the health advocacy of Esther M. Holderby, a four-time cancer survivor and dedicated Community Health Worker, who passed away in 2005. The award was presented at the the 2015 Unity Conference in Memphis, TN.

Market R&D Pilot Challenge – 2015

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC). MHP Salud received a $50,000 prize to fund a partnership pilot program with CreateIT Healthcare Solutions, Inc. that enables Community Health Workers to deliver health messages to underserved, Spanish-speaking Latino community members in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley via Spanish-language email, mobile phone text message and automated voice.

Care Counts Challenge — Second Place Spanish Submissions – 2014

Sponsored by the Office of Women’s Health at the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women’s Health, in collaboration with the Coordinating Committee on Women’s Health  MHP Salud designed and distributed an innovative, educational tool that informs women about enrollment in their State’s Marketplace as well as key provisions of the Affordable Care Act designed specifically to improve their health and that of their families, particularly those in medically underserved communities. The award-winning tool as well as additional information can be found here.

Migrant Advocate of the Year Award – 2009

Sponsored by the State of Michigan, Interagency Migrant Services Committee
The Michigan Governor’s Interagency Migrant Services Committee recognized Tori Booker as the 2009 Migrant Advocate of the Year. Since 1993, Tori has worked with MHP Salud to develop and implement community-based health promotion programs and resources for the migrant and seasonal farmworker community. Tori was recognized for her continued commitment to advocacy for migrant and seasonal farmworkers in order that they may receive adequate and competent health care, information and education through the Community Health Worker model.

Gloria Steinem Women of Vision Award — 2008

Sponsored by the Ms. Foundation
The Ms. Foundation selected Lucy Felix, Program Coordinator as one of its 2008 Gloria Steinem Women of Vision Awardees. The Award honors women from across the country for their successful social activism and grassroots efforts. Lucy was commended for her work promoting awareness about reproductive health and working with migrant women in South Texas to advocate for the elimination of barriers to health care, some as basic as transportation. As part of the award, Lucy received a commemorative medallion and $2,500 grant. Most importantly, this prestigious award allows Lucy and her program, La Voz Latina, to share the inspiring story of their efforts in improving the lives of women in the migrant community.

Recognition for Outstanding Service in Migrant Health — 2003

Sponsored by the National Association of Community Health Centers
The National Association of Community Health Centers bestowed this award on MHP Salud for its 20 years of dedication to the migrant health movement, and specifically its commitment to and support of the Promotores and Promotoras who serve Migrant and Community Health Centers, farmworkers and their families and communities.

Recognizing 20 Years in the Advancement of Lay Health Outreach — 2003

Sponsored by the National Center for Farmworker Health, Migrant Clinicians Network, Farmworker Health Services and Farmworker Justice Fund
This award acknowledged MHP Salud’s 20 years of outstanding leadership and dedication to the lay health outreach workers who serve migrant farmworkers and their families.

Certificate of Appreciation — 2003

Sponsored by the Gateway Community Health Center
MHP Salud provided training and support to the Promotores(as) and other staff implementing a diabetes self-care management program in Laredo, Texas. The Gateway Community Health Center commended MHP Salud’s responsiveness to its needs and ability to help the Health Center make positive changes. According to the Health Center, MHP Salud inspired the Promotores(as) and staff by modeling the power of relationships to help people make positive changes in their lives.

Border Models of Excellence — 2003

Sponsored by the United States-Mexico Border Health Commission
MHP Salud won the first binational Border Models of Excellence initiative for its work with partner organizations, Promotores(as) and community members in the REACH Promotora Community Coalition. MHP Salud’s program was one of eight United States models recognized. Key criteria for selection included successfully implementing a Community Health Worker model, responding to community needs, collaborating effectively and demonstrating measurable improvements and sustainability.

National Occupational Research Agenda Partnering Award for Worker Health and Safety, Finalist — 2003

Sponsored by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health
MHP Salud (as part of the Great Lakes Partnership for Agricultural Safety and Health) was nominated for its collaboration with universities, nonprofit organizations, agricultural employers and farmworkers to conduct research on occupational health.

Outstanding Community Health Worker Program of 2002

Sponsored by the Texas Community Health Workers and the Health Education Training Centers Alliance of Texas
MHP Salud was recognized for its leadership in improving health care, access to health care and overall community health through its commitment to training and mentoring Community Health Workers and to promoting the development of the Community Health Worker field.

National Advisory Council on Migrant Health — 2002

Sponsored by the federal Bureau of Primary Health Care, Migrant Health Program
Promotora Enedelia Cisneros accepted her nomination to the National Advisory Council on Migrant Health in 2002. Former President of the MHP Salud Board of Directors, Ms. Cisneros will serve a four-year term on the Council, and she will provide direct guidance to the United States Department of Health and Human Services on farmworker and border health issues.

Innovation Collaboration — 2001

Sponsored by the Texas Department of Health
MHP Salud was recognized for its innovative collaboration with the Texas Department of Health as a part of the Colonia Health Worker Tuberculosis Program. Through this unique project, Promotoras provided “directly observed therapy” and community-based education to border residents receiving treatment or preventative therapy at county clinics. The participating Hidalgo County Health Department credited the Colonia Health Worker Tuberculosis Program with treatment compliance rates between 96 percent and 100 percent among their hard-to-reach colonia patients.

State and Community Coalition Award — 2001

Sponsored by the Association of State and Territorial Directors of Health Promotion and Public Health Education and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
This national award honored successful state and community collaborations and was presented to MHP Salud and the Texas Department of Health for the Colonia Health Worker Tuberculosis Program. The award recognized the strong partnership between the two organizations and the program’s innovative use of Promotoras to improve treatment compliance.

Leadership and Commitment to the Border Vision Fronteriza — 1995-2004

Sponsored by the University of Arizona, Rural Health Office, College of Public Health and the United States Health Resources and Services Administration
The Border Vision Fronteriza Initiative commended MHP Salud for its participation in the Initiative as a Texas partner and acknowledged MHP Salud’s continuing participation in the second phase (2001-2004).

Coalition for Valley Families, Certificate of Membership —1996-2001

Sponsored by Avance of the Rio Grande Valley and partners
The Coalition for Valley Families recognized MHP Salud’s participation in activities to strengthen and support Rio Grande Valley families.

Invaluable Contribution to the Colonias Program — 1999

Sponsored by the Center for Housing and Urban Development, College of Architecture, Texas A&M University
Texas A&M University formally commended MHP Salud, the Colonia Health Worker Program and the Promotores(as) for improving health and well-being in the Rio Grande Valley through community-based health promotion and advocacy.

Certificate of Appreciation and Recognition — 1998

Sponsored by the Texas Department of Health
The Texas Department of Health, Tuberculosis Elimination Division honored MHP Salud and the Promotoras working on the Colonia Health Worker Tuberculosis Program for providing community-based outreach, education and treatment to colonia patients. As testament to the success of MHP Salud’s work and collaboration, the Texas Department of Health nominated the Colonia Health Worker Tuberculosis Program for a national Innovations in American Government Award.

Certificate of Appreciation — 1998

Sponsored by the Texas Department of Health
The Texas Department of Health, Tuberculosis Elimination Division honored MHP Salud and the Promotoras working on the Colonia Health Worker Tuberculosis Program for providing community-based outreach, education and treatment to colonia patients. As testament to the success of MHP Salud’s work and collaboration, the Texas Department of Health nominated the Colonia Health Worker Tuberculosis Program for a national Innovations in American Government Award.

Certificate of Appreciation — 1998

Sponsored by South Texas Community College
MHP Salud was commended for its active involvement in the Community Health Outreach Worker Conference.

Lifetime Achievement Award — 1998

Best Model Project for a Populations of Color Grant — 1995-1997 – Sponsored by the Prevention Network
MHP Salud’s model for teen health promotion, Infórmate Teen Health Program, was honored for three consecutive years. Distinctions for the teen program include the active involvement of the teens in program planning and the program’s expansion to other sites.

National Council of La Raza, Maternal and Child Health News, Successful Program Awards — 1997

Sponsored by National Council of La Raza
The Camp Health Aide Program received an Honorable Mention for its ability to improve maternal and child health among isolated Latino farmworkers and community members.

Models That Work — 1996

Sponsored by the federal Bureau of Primary Health Care and partners
The national Models That Work competition recognized the Camp Health Aide Program’s ability to improve access to and appropriate utilization of health care services among vulnerable and underserved communities and to form a solid foundation for all of MHP Salud’s programs. Models That Work also praised MHP Salud and the program for responsiveness to the community served, innovation, collaboration, outcomes, sustainability, replication of programs in diverse regions and cost effectiveness. MHP Salud was selected from among 279 applicants nationally.

National Advisory Council on Migrant Health — 1996

Sponsored by the federal Bureau of Primary Health Care, Migrant Health Program
Then MHP Salud Board President and long-time Promotora María Inés Pérez was nominated and accepted an appointment to the National Advisory Council on Migrant Health. Over the course of her four-year term, Ms. Pérez provided direct guidance on farmworker and border health to the United States Department of Health and Human Services.

Exemplary Program Award — 1995

Sponsored by the Michigan Department of Community Health
The Michigan Department of Community Health honored the Camp Health Aide Program for its ability to improve maternal and child health outcomes among hard-to-reach farmworkers in Michigan.