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Who We Proudly Serve

MHP Salud CHWs have been serving Latino communities for over 35 years.

Since its inception in 1983, MHP Salud has developed and established Community Health Worker (CHW) programs in Florida, Michigan, Ohio, Texas, and Washington to improve the health status of Latinos by increasing their access to primary and preventative care. In addition to its direct service programs, MHP Salud has been a champion for the CHW profession nationally as a culturally appropriate strategy to improve health. Our agency provides training and consulting services to benefit organizations that work with CHWs and offers free resources for CHW professionals.

How Can Community Health Workers Help?

Community Health Workers (CHWs) are uniquely qualified to address the needs of underserved Latino communities. Community Health Workers reach community members “where they are”, meaning that they are able to relate to community members by speaking the same language, sharing a common culture, and actively go out into the community to identify individuals in need of services. These qualities allow CHWs to build strong relationships with community members and empower them to identify and fulfill their individual needs. There is a wealth of evidence that CHWs can improve health concerns like asthma, hypertension, diabetes, cancer, immunizations, maternal and child health and HIV/AIDs.  Not only are CHW programs effective, but they are a low-cost way to improve the health of patients and communities. MHP Salud regularly conducts return on investment (ROI) analyses to determine the financial benefits of its programs. Cada Paso del Camino, a cancer screening and education program, demonstrated a ROI of $3.09 for every $1 spent. Another program, Salud y Vida, a diabetes management program, had a ROI of $1.09 for every $1 spent. Read more about return on investment for CHW programs here.

Underserved communities also often face barriers to receiving health care and other essential services. As a result, they often experience higher rates of illness and disease, commonly referred to as health disparities. These barriers can include(but are not limited to):

LANGUAGE OR CULTURE

Many communities that CHWs serve do not speak English as their primary language and few organizations offer comprehensive translation services. Cultural beliefs about the source of illness, lack of familiarity with mainstream American medicine, and skepticism regarding its treatments can also be a barrier to care. Therefore, providing services that are culturally and linguistically competent becomes much more difficult.

SOCIAL EXCLUSION

Inequalities as a result of discrimination due to racial and cultural differences, language, and economic status are a reality for individuals in vulnerable communities. These challenges impact people’s health and their access to beneficial resources such as health education and social services.

TRANSPORTATION

When individuals don’t have access to reliable transportation, all areas of life are affected. As a result, it can be difficult and costly to access needed health services. This is especially true for people who live in rural areas, as public transportation is often lacking, or nonexistent.

HEALTH AND HEALTH CARE

The availability of health information and health care services are essential for individuals trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle. However, access to these resources is unequally distributed in society. There are few hospitals and health centers in many rural communities and often limited availability of resources for hospitals and health centers in urban communities.

One of the many benefits of Community Health Worker programs is that they can be tailored to meet the needs of any community. Here are some of the communities we’ve worked with over the years:

How CHWs Empower Underserved Communities:

U.S. Latinos are more likely to experience food insecurity, which results in a diet poor in fruits and vegetables. To address this need, MHP Salud implements Community Health Worker programs to impact the many health behaviors that influence chronic disease outcomes, like healthy eating, physical activity, and timely disease screening. CHWs conduct health education sessions in which they provide community members with education on healthy nutrition, demonstrations on how individuals can live active lifestyles in their own communities and stress the importance of reduced screen time

Year after year,  participants report that they have an increased level of knowledge and that they have significantly increased their levels of fruit/vegetable consumption and physical activity.

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1 in 3 Latina women will experience intimate partner violence (IPV) in her lifetime. People who live in rural locations are also more likely to experience IPV. MHP Salud implements a support group for survivors of IPV to equip community members with communication and negotiation skills to navigate complex life challenges. In 2019, CHWs provided support to improve relationships between partners, within families, and among participants’ social networks to survivors in Texas, Florida, Michigan, and Ohio. The program is unique in that it uses art-based therapy and journaling to promote empowerment and healing.

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U.S. Latinos have the highest number of uninsured individuals. That’s why MHP Salud works in 4 counties within the Rio Grande Valley of Texas to help uninsured and under-insured individuals and families enroll in a Qualified Health Plan (QHP) and assist with other health insurance-related inquiries such as locating a healthcare provider or paying a medical bill.  In 2019, MHP Salud enrolled over 1200 individuals in a Qualified Health Plan and provided a multitude of services related to health insurance.

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Throughout an individual’s life, various health services like health education, case management, and application assistance become vital for those who want to maintain their health. Backed with the cultural knowledge of their community, MHP Salud CHWs provide health education and referral services to elder adults, new and expecting mothers, and adolescents.  Through education and activities, CHWs are able to help elder adults strengthen the skills they need to remain in their own homes, help mothers reap the benefits of breastfeeding, and reduce stigma around sexual health education for teens in their communities.

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MHP Salud believes in the CHW profession as an effective means of delivering culturally appropriate healthcare. Here are some ways we can help your organization start or strengthen your own CHW programs: 

MHP Salud provides trainings opportunities to organizations committed to investing in the Community Health Worker (CHW) model. In turn, this contributes to a growing knowledge base on how to design, implement, and evaluate CHW programs that are impactful, cost-effective and empowering. The L.E.A.D. (Listen, Empower, Advance, Deliver) curriculum provides organizations the opportunity to learn more about how to effectively utilize the Community Health Worker model for their population. Training opportunities are offered both in-person and virtually and are available at an affordable price. MHP Salud offers sessions that are tailored for Community Health Workers, CHW Supervisors, professionals working with CHWs and Grant Writers seeking funding for CHW programs.

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Our consulting services provide organizations with one-on-one support every step of the way. MHP Salud offers expertise in designing and implementing cost-effective CHW programs and ensures that participating organizations achieve a high level of success in producing a comprehensive CHW program. Consulting services are offered in various hourly and outcomes-based packages and an expert is matched based on the needs of the organization. MHP Salud focuses on support that is collaborative, tailored to each organization, and supports long-term success.

MHP Salud has developed free resources to address health issues in underserved populations using the Community Health Worker (CHW)/Promotor(a) model. These resources are easy-to-use, culturally appropriate, and a great source of information for organizations or individuals that want to use the CHW model to support an isolated or underserved population.

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