News and Updates

News and Updates from MHP Salud

MHP Salud implements Community Health Worker programs to empower underserved Latino communities and promotes the CHW model nationally as a culturally appropriate strategy to improve health. We keep this section of our site updated with recent news and updates about our organization and its mission.

Navigator Programs Provide Much Needed Application Assistance to Underinsured Communities

November 15th, 2019|Categories: Insurance|

MHP Salud has had a Navigator program for over six years. The program uses Community Health Workers (CHWs), trained as Navigators, to provide education and application assistance to the predominantly Spanish-speaking communities along Texas’ southern border. Today, the program is only one of two Navigator programs left in Texas, which has the highest rates of uninsured individuals of any state (17.7%)4.

CHWs Create Pathways to Health for Rio Grande Valley Residents

August 27th, 2019|Categories: Community, Community Health Workers, Nutrition|

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.

Community Health Workers Can Save Lives this Hurricane Season, Here’s How

July 19th, 2019|Categories: Community Health Workers|

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.

Rotary District 5930 Inspirational Service Award Presented to MHP Salud

June 26th, 2019|Categories: Community Health Workers, Events|

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.

5 Ways Community Health Workers Help Latinos Adopt Heart Healthy Habits

May 14th, 2019|Categories: Community Health Workers, Health|

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.