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This infographic proves the effectiveness of Community Health Worker led programs!

This infographic proves the effectiveness of Community Health Worker led programs! You may have seen our blog in August about the fantastic outcomes we found in our Amor Maternal program.  It turns out, Community Health Worker led breasfteeding programs are fantastic at increasing exclusive breasfteeding rates up to and beyond six months [...]

2017-10-13T21:06:07+00:00 October 13th, 2017|Children, Community Health Workers, Outcomes|Comments Off on This infographic proves the effectiveness of Community Health Worker led programs!

The results are in, and they prove the effectiveness of CHW-led maternal-child health programs

The results are in, and they prove the effectiveness of CHW-led maternal-child health programs It’s no secret that we are huge advocates of using the Community Health Worker model to increase breastfeeding rates among underserved populations. It’s an effective strategy that addresses the cultural barriers that many Hispanic women face when trying to [...]

2017-10-13T17:23:44+00:00 August 28th, 2017|Children, Family, Health|Comments Off on The results are in, and they prove the effectiveness of CHW-led maternal-child health programs

These Community Health Worker Program Models Lower Patient Medical Costs

An analysis by the Connecticut Health Foundation has found that Connecticut healthcare organizations can improve patient health and save money by implementing community health worker programs. Community Health Workers (CHWs), also known as Promotoras, help empower underserved communities by acting as a liaison between the community and health or social services organizations. Community Health Workers are characterized by being members [...]

2017-07-31T21:17:29+00:00 July 31st, 2017|Community Health Workers, Health, Research|Comments Off on These Community Health Worker Program Models Lower Patient Medical Costs

5 Ways to Make the Most of Your Health Coverage

In the United States, an estimated 12.7 million people signed up for coverage in the 2016 Open Enrollment, allowing them to gain or renew access to the health coverage they need. Enrolling in a health plan, however, is only the initial step. To help you go from coverage to care, the Centers for Medicare & [...]

2017-05-11T19:14:13+00:00 May 11th, 2017|Education, Health|Comments Off on 5 Ways to Make the Most of Your Health Coverage

New CHW program helps older adults maintain independence with dignity

Un Paso a la Vez (“One Step at a Time”) is a new program in South Texas that uses Community Health Workers (CHWs) to help low-income, older Hispanic adults maintain independence with dignity. As part of the program, CHWs visit participants at their homes to identify their needs and create an action plan that involves [...]

2017-04-19T21:18:19+00:00 May 20th, 2016|Family|Comments Off on New CHW program helps older adults maintain independence with dignity

Instinto Maternal Program promotes role of dads in first foods as it moves north for the season

In its second year, the Instinto Maternal Program has collected, cleaned and analyzed information from a series of community surveys and interviews with Latina mothers who work in agriculture about their successful breastfeeding experiences. The upshot: more than just the practices of the mother, the support from family members and the woman’s partner can be [...]

2017-04-19T21:22:36+00:00 May 20th, 2016|Children, Family, Health|Comments Off on Instinto Maternal Program promotes role of dads in first foods as it moves north for the season

New Infórmate Program trains teens to advocate for the health of their peers in Florida

MHP Salud has expanded its programmatic offering in Florida with the addition of the Infórmate (“Inform Yourself”) program in Central Florida. The program has brought on four young women to serve as Peer Advocates within the Latino community where they live, learn and socialize. The program is overseen by Program Director Randi McCallian and Program [...]

2017-04-19T21:27:43+00:00 May 20th, 2016|Youth|Comments Off on New Infórmate Program trains teens to advocate for the health of their peers in Florida

Evaluate your Community Health Worker Program with our free Evaluation Toolkit

Click here to view the Evaluation Toolkit for Promotor(a) de Salud Programs Taking into account the limited resources typically available to Promotor(a) de Salud programs (also known as Community Health Worker programs), this Evaluation Toolkit was developed to help you determine what evaluation strategies will work for your organization. This is not a long, detailed description [...]

2017-04-19T21:36:00+00:00 April 15th, 2016|MHP Salud Resources|Comments Off on Evaluate your Community Health Worker Program with our free Evaluation Toolkit

Comfort and educate expectant mothers with Community Health Workers and the Maternal and Infant Health Resource

Click here to view the Maternal and Infant Health Resource (English) Click here to view the Maternal and Infant Health Resource (Spanish) Guiding expectant mothers, especially those that are first time mothers, can help to reduce medical and emotional complications and increase healthy outcomes for mother and child.  As Promotores(as), we are aware that there are challenges experienced [...]

2017-04-19T21:37:29+00:00 March 1st, 2016|MHP Salud Resources|Comments Off on Comfort and educate expectant mothers with Community Health Workers and the Maternal and Infant Health Resource

One family’s journey in health

At a doctor’s appointment, Catarino Velazco got some frightening news. In addition to a diabetes diagnosis, Catarino’s doctor told him his blood sugar had risen dangerously high. In a translated interview, Catarino admitted his first response was shock. “When they told me that my blood sugar had spiked,” he said, “I thought ‘How did [...]

2017-04-19T21:45:59+00:00 January 21st, 2016|Family|Comments Off on One family’s journey in health