Our Community Health Worker Programs
MHP Salud bases all of its work on close collaboration with community members (Community Health Workers or Promotores and Promotoras) who improve the health of their communities with community-based health education and activities. Within this framework, MHP Salud has developed several community health worker programs and “models.” A model is a particular strategy and set of tools for creating programs.
Each model is designed to reach a specific group of people, address a particular health issue or both. MHP Salud and other organizations use these models to guide program development in a variety of settings. To create a local program, MHP Salud works with community members and community organizations to select the most appropriate model and adapt it to the community and to local circumstances.
Amigas de Lenawee Moviéndose Adelante (Lenawee Friends Moving Forward), provides outreach and support groups for survivors of sexual assault and intimate partner violence populations in Lenawee County, Michigan.
ALAS supportss Latino(a) survivors of sexual assault and offers participants opportunities to share their experiences and perspectives with other survivors, with the aim of establishing a network of peer support. Participants are also provided with information about local resources for sexual assault survivors.
Our capacity-building assistance program provides assistance to Migrant/Community Health Centers and other stakeholders in the planning, implementation and evaluation of Community Health Worker programs.
El Arte de Sobrevivir focuses on providing support for low-income and Spanish-speaking Latinas, and aims to eliminate gaps in services for survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence through outreach, referrals for services, and art-based support groups.
Juntos Podemos (Together We Can!) provides Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) to help participants make improvements in diet and exercise, promoting healthy weight among families in the Lower Rio Grande Valley.
Mentes Fuertes, Pasos Firmes (Strong Minds, Firm Steps) helps low-income, Hispanic older adults maintain independence and dignity and remain in their homes with appropriate support. Promotoras (Community Health Workers) work with each new program participant individually for a period of six months via home visits.
Our Navigator program provides health insurance application assistance to residents of the Rio Grande Valley Region of Texas. Community Health Workers are trained and certified as Health Insurance Navigators, who then provide help to consumers, small businesses and their employees as they look for health coverage options.
Un Nuevo Mañana (A New Day) provides outreach and community education on topics related to sexual assault to underserved low-income, Hispanic residents in Hidalgo County Texas.
Vivir una Vida Plena (Living a Fulfilling Life) is a program dedicated to promoting the adoption of healthy lifestyles among individuals at high risk for, or diagnosed with the early stages of chronic diabetic kidney disease (CDKD).
Programs That Have Recently Concluded
Although MHP Salud has been involved in hundreds of Community Health Worker Programs over the course of our thirty-five-year history, we keep information about programs that have recently concluded online.
Community Health Workers provided breastfeeding support and acted as Doulas to pregnant women in the Rio Grande Valley.
Community Health Workers provide basic information and education regarding breast, cervical and colorectal cancer prevention and screening, with an emphasis on referring eligible individuals for cancer screenings.
The Colonia Outreach Program focused on providing application assistance to families who may have been qualified for public benefits programs.
Community Health Workers provided breastfeeding support using the positive deviant model approach in various communities across America.
Salud y Vida (Health and Life) aimed to help program participants make healthier lifestyle decisions through education, skill building, and support. The program offered diabetes self-management education to residents of Hidalgo County, Texas, who were referred to the program based on a diagnosis type 2 diabetes and a HbA1c of at least 8.
The Rural Health Network Development Planning Grant Program had two primary components: a needs assessment for Starr County and the development of a formal Starr County Health Network. Community Health Workers helped conduct a needs assessment to evaluate the county’s health strengths and weaknesses. This allowed the Star County Health Network to develop a strategic plan to engage community partners and match existing resources with key issues identified.
Voces Unidas (United Voices) used Community Health Workers (CHWs) and peer support leaders to provide outreach and support for sexual assault survivors in Willacy and Cameron Counties in Texas.