Our Families' Health
Our Families' Health is a community education program that prepares individuals to engage as health promoters, "promotoras," in their own communities in the states of Iowa and Nebraska.
Participants in the program receive instruction in leadership, communication, interpersonal skills, service coordination, capacity building, advocacy, teaching and health literacy.
Our Families' Health - La Salud de Nuestras Familias - specifically targets Spanish-speaking communities in this outreach effort. The program, which was piloted in the spring of 2011 at NMC, was modeled after other successful promotora programs.
Our Families' Health has been a liaison for vulnerable and underserved communities, which has created and provided service-learning and community engagement activities that immerse NMC students and faculty into these communities at the local, national and international levels.
Currently, Our Families' Health has level one and two certificate awards. For level one students need to complete 100 hours of classroom and practicum hours; and for level two a total of 200. As of October, 2012 nearly 75 individuals have successfully completed the training necessary to become a promotora.
In February 2012, Our Families' Health entered a long-term grant partnership with OneWorld Community Health Centers, Inc. and obtained a grant from the Office of Minority Health. The overall purpose of the grant is to establish a community outreach diabetes program to include diabetes testing, education and ongoing care to Spanish-speaking communities residing in Western Sarpy and Dodge Counties of Nebraska through June 2013.
Program Calendar of Events
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José Villegas-Mendoza , M.D., MSHP
Coordinator of Our Families' Health
La Salud de Nuestras Familias