REACH: disease prevention through empowerment
This short documentary honors the women advocates involved with ALCANCE, a local chronic disease prevention education program. The true power of their work lies in sharing information and empowering members of the community. Produced by the Teen Producers Project at Media Arts Center San Diego.
Community Health Worker Academy Targets Latinas
The workshops are hosted by Project Concern International (PCI), an organization with programs globally and locally in San Diego.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that chronic diseases in the United States “are responsible for 7 of 10 deaths each year”.
PCI says that Latina women in low income neighborhoods are at even greater risk.
Connie Lafuente is the manager of PCI’s Project ALCANCE in San Diego.
“In those four specific areas: City Heights, Sherman Heights, Logan Heights, and National City,” said Lafuente, “the mortality rates for the Latina women are higher than anywhere in the county.”
Latinas in these neighborhoods are estimated to be “1.5 times more likely to die from chronic disease than the general population”, according to PCI.
Lafuente says this could be due to various barriers.
“It could be because of the poverty level, they don’t have access to care or services, could be that they’re undocumented and they’re afraid to go to the clinic,” she said.
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New $1.5 million project to improve health and well being of Latinos in San Diego
SAN DIEGO – A local nonprofit with global reach, PCI (Project Concern International), has launched a new project to improve the health and wellbeing of low-income Latinos in San Diego. The program provides community presentations on chronic disease prevention, Community Health Worker leadership trainings, and convenes meetings with the San Diego Chronic Disease Coalition to help improve the lives of this vulnerable population.
Project ALCANCE, meaning “reach” in Spanish, stands for Advancing Latina Chronic Disease Prevention through Awareness, Networking, Collaboration and Education. It is a three-year project funded by a $1.5 million Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. REACH is a vital part of the CDC’s efforts to end racial and ethnic health gaps.
The project is expected to reach Latinos who live in City Heights, Barrio Logan, Sherman Heights and National City.
- Workshops to develop Community Health Workers. These workshops prepare Latinos to be leaders and to impart health information in their community. Lessons include written and oral communication and an orientation to public education and policy. An additional goal is to prepare participants to pursue additional education.
- Free customized presentations to groups. The bilingual health educators of Project ALCANCE give presentations in English and Spanish to non-profit organizations about how to prevent chronic diseases affecting Latinos. They customize each presentation to the group and leave behind informational material.
In all its activities, project ALCANCE shares vital information about symptoms of chronic diseases, how to minimize risk factors and lead a healthier lifestyle.
The Community Health Worker workshops are FREE, held at Project Concern International in San Diego office in City Heights, 4305 University Ave., Suite 330, San Diego 92105.
More information is available at pciglobal.org/us/alcance or by phone at (619) 791-2610, ext. 323.
The ALCANCE team consists of seasoned professionals intimately familiar with the challenges and opportunities in the Latino community. They offer participants encouragement and support every step of the way in their training toward better lives and health.