Two Programs Target Better Health for Latinas and Children
San Diego, CA— PCI (Project Concern International) received $11 Million in awards to improve health for Latinas in San Diego and to support healthy beginnings for children along the U.S.-Mexico border. These major awards will have a significant impact on health care outcomes in San Diego, and communities across the border region of California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas.
“PCI was founded in San Diego to improve the health of the poorest and most vulnerable communities around the world, but has maintained a continuous presence in the border region,” said Dr. Maria Lourdes Reyes, Director of PCI’s US and Border Programs. “These awards represent decades of work to improve our community’s health and ensure that families facing the greatest obstacles have access to quality health care and community supports. This is major step to improving health here in San Diego and across the borders of California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas.”
Along the U.S. border with Mexico, PCI will work with and mentor organizations encouraging quality prenatal care, labor, and delivery for low-income women and their families. These areas have some of the highest levels of poverty in the country and the poorest birth outcomes.
Through its California Border Healthy Start PLUS program (CBHS+), PCI will serve as a national resource in support of other Healthy Start grantees and organizations working to improve perinatal outcomes across the country.
PCI received this $9.5 Million five-year grant from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration. Healthy Start is an initiative designed to improve perinatal health and reduce racial and ethnic disparities in perinatal health by using community-based approaches. Through CBHS+, PCI will serve 500 pregnant women each year, as well as their families for two years after the child’s birth.
Additionally, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention awarded PCI a grant of $1.5 Million from through its Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) Initiative to increase chronic disease prevention, risk reduction, and/or management among low-income, vulnerable, Hispanic/Latina women in four zip codes of San Diego county—92102, 92105, 92113, and 91950.
The Latina population in San Diego is adversely affected by chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, and diabetes. Through this new program, PCI will train community health workers and provide vital resources for them to work with Latinas in improving their health.
Through its Project ALCANCE (Advancing Latina Chronic Disease Prevention through Awareness, Networking, Collaboration and Education), PCI will establish a physical and virtual resource center to train and develop community health workers (CHW) and create a CHW Leadership Academy. In addition, PCI will track progress and referrals of services through its San Diego Chronic Disease Coalition.
The REACH award is part of a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) initiative to support public health efforts to reduce chronic diseases, promote healthier lifestyles, reduce health disparities, and control health care spending. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will administer the grants, which will run for 3 years, subject to availability of funds.
PCI has been working in with vulnerable immigrant populations on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border since it was founded in San Diego in 1961.
About PCI: PCI’s mission is to prevent disease, improve community health and promote sustainable development worldwide. Motivated by a concern for the world’s most vulnerable children, families and communities, PCI envisions a world where abundant resources are shared, communities are able to provide for the health and well-being of their members, and children and families can achieve lives of hope, good health and self-sufficiency.