Community Health Workers in our healthy living initiative programs are helping Hispanic families change the way they approach food by providing essential education around nutrition that teaches them how to build healthier meals with the foods they know and love. Having knowledge around nutrition that is readily available is an important tool that has the potential to improve dietary habits and reduce the risk of chronic disease throughout a person’s life. But in many of the predominantly Spanish-speaking communities we serve, finding nutritional information that has been adapted to align with their language and culture can be challenging.
Domestic violence affects nearly 10 million individuals and families a year regardless of race, gender or socioeconomic status. However, women make up a disproportionately higher number of domestic violence cases. Although domestic violence does not discriminate, Latinas face unique challenges when trying to seek help. For years, MHP Salud has implemented Community Health Worker (CHW)-led programs to support Latina survivors of sexual assault, intimate partner violence, and stalking.
Our Community Health Worker (CHW)-led program, Juntos Podemos (Together We Can), is helping residents in the Rio Grande Valley change their lives by providing education and classes that promote healthy lifestyles. The program works specifically with Hispanic families who are enrolled in or eligible for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (SNAP). It lasts 4-weeks and runs multiple times throughout the year to help as many families as possible.
The consequences of a hurricane can be life-changing. Destruction of a home, damage to personal belongings, lack of access to medical care, and even loss of a loved one can devastate a family. Adequate preparation and having a safety plan for a natural disaster can help mitigate the physical and economic impact they cause. For low-income families, this is especially crucial as they often have difficulty preparing and recovering due to limited financial resources and barriers when trying to access community resources. Community Health Workers (CHWs), who live in the very communities they serve, can help prepare low-income families for a potentially life-threatening natural disaster.
Baylor University’s Texas Hunger Initiative presented MHP Salud with the Rotary District 5930 Inspirational Service Award for our commitment to provide solutions to help end hunger in our communities. Community Health Workers (CHWs) in our programs have played a pivotal role in addressing hunger and health in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley’s predominantly Latino neighborhoods, also known as Colonias. Colonias are full of hard-working families, but they often live close to or below the poverty line. These communities also face challenges in the form of unsafe housing, poor infrastructure, and the lack of critical resources and amenities. Even fresh food can be hard to find. CHWs in our programs conduct door-to-door outreach in Colonias to inform families where and how to access essential resources like food banks and community centers. The CHWs also provide information about federal assistance programs that are available to them.
A recent study conducted by UC Davis discovered alarming differences in the causes of dementia among people of different ethnicities. Here are 5 ways Community Health Workers can help Latinos adopt heart-healthy habits to reduce their risk of chronic diseases.
We are proud to announce the launch of a new online community built specifically for Community Health Workers. CHW Connected Professionals is a free membership site where CHWs build professional profiles, send instant messages, and participate in discussion through robust online forums. Similar to other membership sites, CHW Connected Professionals aims to help CHWs grow their professional network and skillsets by connecting them with their peers.
Community Health Worker program can lead to powerful improvements in the health of patients with hypertension. They can help people overcome the challenges they may face in managing their blood pressure. including connecting individuals to affordable health care programs and insurance, providing individualized education and interventions on making healthier dietary choices, the importance of daily exercise, and providing individualized education on the importance of taking medications.
Community Health Workers/Promotores(as) de Salud are well-situated to address mental health concerns in underserved communities. They act as a bridge between affected individuals and available resources. Community Health Workers combat stigma by educating and conducting outreach on mental health within the community.
In 2015, chronic diseases (those that are not infectious but rather have slow progression and long duration) accounted for over two-thirds of all deaths in the Pacific Islands. Tragically, 70-75% of deaths in the Pacific Islands are considered premature, occurring before age 60. There is clearly a demonstrated need for high quality, cost-effective healthcare services.