Where do Promotores and Promotoras Work?
Promotores or Promotoras de Salud work in low-income and underserved areas that are hard to reach for other health care professionals. In these areas, the predominant language is Spanish. These communities can be housed within urban cities and suburban neighborhoods or in rural areas where agriculture is often the center of economic influence.
In fact, many of MHP Salud’s direct service programs operate inside the rural communities along the Texas-Mexico border known as colonias. In the colonias, there is a lack of basic living necessities like potable water, septic or sewer systems, electricity, paved roads, or safe and sanitary housing. As a result, residential life here is very different from many urban and suburban communities in America.
Residents here learn to lean on each other heavily for support and guidance. Being that Promotores and Promotoras are members of the communities they serve, the work other health professionals may have to do to build well-established trusted relationships, is already done.