Education


The dust accumulating on Maria’s rug threatened the health of her three children and her mother, all of whom have asthma. She didn’t have a vacuum to clean her rug. Thanks to the Healthy Child Program at St. John’s Well Child and Family Center, Maria received a free vacuum three months ago and now vacuums everyday. Her mother and children’s asthma symptoms have dramatically declined. The health improvement is not only the result of a rug vacuumed daily, but also of relevant information Maria learned through the Community Health Promoters program at Esperanza Community Housing Corporation.

Aliria, a community health promoter of 5 years, learned of Maria’s case through a referral from St. John’s Child and Wellness Center. On her first visit, Aliria asked Maria what housekeeping cleaning products she used. When Maria listed off products like bleach and Pinesol, Aliria suggested that these strong smelling substances often worsen children’s health. Instead, Aliria recommended natural cleaning products that work just as well, like baking soda and vinegar. Maria never knew such mixes were possible. She was amazed at how pleasant the smell was after implementing the natural products.

Recently, with the help of Aliria, Maria asked her landlord if he could replace the dirty rug altogether. After informing him that the rug was a potential threat to her family, the land lord replaced it. Community Health Promoters not only educates residents on how to improve the home environment, but also help tenants advocate on behalf of themselves. Maria is incredibly thankful to Esperanza and St. John’s because her children’s and mother’s asthma is now controlled after she learned how to improve the health of her home.

 Story by: Drea Chicas

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The Community Health Promoters Training Program began this year with an exciting new group of residents who will become future leaders in their communities. Georgina Serrano, an Esperanza Community Health Promoter and Case Manager for The Harbor Corridors Best Babies Collaborative, presented the benefits of breastfeeding.

Breastfeeding protects the babies because it contains all the vitamins and nutrients that your baby needs in the first six months of life. The first milk that the mother produces is thick yellow liquid known as colostrum, during pregnancy and just afterbirth.  This milk is very rich in nutrients, and antibodies to protect the baby. Some of the risk for not breastfeeding the baby include: ear infections, lower respiratory infections, asthma, obesity, type 2 diabetes, and Necrotizing enterocolitis (a disease that affects the gastrointestinal tract in preterm infants. Male role is crucial in the breastfeeding process.

Read more: http://www.womenshealth.gov/breastfeeding/why-breastfeeding-is-important/#a

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Thank you Sister Diane Donoghue for supporting the Harbor Corridor Best Babies Collaborative. The community members appreciate your support and your donations!

Jessica is a teenager exclusively breastfeeding her  6 month baby and very thankful for having received a carseat for her baby.

Maria Guadalupe and her four-year old boy, very happy to have received a blanket and clothes for his twin sibblings.

Thank you Sister Diane.  We are enhancing our community with education, and also providing them with resources in their most critical moments. ~ Gina Serrano

Health as a Human Right in South Los Angeles.

Nuparent  is a unique parenting education program created by Children’s Bureau that focuses on issues of child development, nutrition, health and safety.  The program has been developed to provide parents with skills to learn how to improve their child’s development in a fun and educational way. 

Esperanza’s Health Promoters Maria Bejarano, Consuelo Pernia, Asthma Coordinators, and Norma Linares, Case Manager for the Best Babies Program, trained to be NuParent facilitators and will providing training at Mercado la Paloma’s Conference room.  Bring your babies; it will be fun!

Scheduled dates, time, and location:  3655 S. Grand Avenue. Los Angeles, CA 90007 from 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

  • October 27th                         
  • November 3rd
  • November 17th
  • November 24th
  • December 1st
  • December 8th

Refreshments will be served and there will be donations for participants.  For more information  and registration contact Maria Bejarano, Consuelo Pernia, and Norma Linares at (213) 748-7123.

Esperanza Community Housing Corporation will be hosting a film screening of at Mercado La Paloma, a project of Esperanza.  UNNATURAL CAUSES: Is Inequality Making Us Sick?  is a documentary of series exploring America’s racial and socioeconomic inequities in health.  First film will take place today, August 24th titled Place Matters.  The screening will be followed by a discussion lead by two Los Angeles Public Health facilitators:  Yesenia Eras, RN, BSN, Public Health Nurse and Nicole D. Vick, MPH, CHES, Health Educator.

The film screening will take place at:

Dates: August 24th & 31st; Sept. 7th. Mercado La Paloma 3655 S. Grand Avenue. Los Angeles, CA 90007.  Time: 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Hope you can join us!

 

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