Latino Health Promoters Program
Our Latino Health Promoters Program employs Community Health Workers (or Promotoras) to assist their peers in the community. Community Health Workers are trusted members of the community from whom residents can seek advice regarding health-related issues. Providence places its Community Health Workers in local schools, churches, clinics, and community based organizations throughout the San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valleys.
The program serves all ages from children to seniors and provides health education, health information, resource referral, health fairs/special events, and insurance enrollment assistance at no cost to families.
Mental Health Outreach
In 2013, Providence partnered with Tarzana Treatment Center to expand the scope of the Latino Health Promoters program to include a focus on mental health issues in the Latino community. Through this partnership, Providence Promotoras identify individuals who may need mental health support services and refer them to Tarzana Treatment Center for case management and low-cost/no-cost counseling services.
Relieving poverty and thriving at any age
At 70 years old, Georgina Miranda is still dancing, jumping and twirling in her weekly Zumba class. In fact, in the past year, she’s rarely missed a class, which is something she sees as a chance to stay healthy while socializing with others. Her class is offered twice a week at Meet Each Need With Dignity (MEND) a social service agency in the San Fernando Valley, and provided by Providence Community Health Workers.
Providence began partnering with MEND in the mid-1990s, as a direct response to Providence’s community health needs assessment, which found that services to relieve the effects of poverty in this region of the San Fernando Valley was an area of great need. Providence’s Community Health Workers are able to provide MEND patients with free Zumba classes, free assistance with CalFresh, Covered CA, and Medi-Cal applications, and linkages for our emergency department patients to medical appointments at MEND.
For Georgina, who was suffering from a bout of anxiety and depression, Zumba is a fun way to exercise and work through her mental health issues. Eager to become her best self, Georgina seized on the opportunity and has not looked back since. “This was the easiest decision I have had to make in a long time. I am so grateful to MEND, Providence, and my Zumba instructors for giving me a chance to feel better about myself,” says Georgina.
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