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!

 

EsperanzaSalud located at Mercado La Paloma is an easily accessible health education and information center staffed by experienced Promotores like Rosa Giron and Juana Calel.  

According to an investigation recently conducted by Esperanza Community Housing Corporation, there are not enough supermarkets in the South Los Angeles sector.  Rosa, who was part leading the investigation, explained that in the last five years, the access to healthy food has improved up to 50% in covenience stores, yet the problem is still far from being resolved. 

Healthy Eating Active Communities (HEAC), the Los Angeles County Department of Health and LAUSD are working in collaboration with different communities and local supermarkets to make sure that fresh food is being offered and display in visible areas.

 La Opinion full article:http://www.impre.com/laopinion/noticias/2010/6/2/faltan-opciones-sanas-para-com-191872-1.html

Through the Arts and Ecological Science Program, Esperanza Community Housing Corporation provides our neighborhood children and youth with opportunities to learn new ways of expressing their creativity, explore their own and other cultures, experience the artistic and cultural richness of Los Angeles, and grow gardens in our community. 

Evie, director of the Arts and Science Program and the class of 2010.

Olivia Mendez, graduated from Esperanza’s Community Health Promoters Training Program in the year 1998.  When she began the training, Olivia didn’t understand the meaning of a “Health Promoter”, but as the training progressed, she felt like she was studying for a career in health and was amazed by this training since she had always felt the need to help others.

After graduating from the training, she began an internship at the Los Angeles County Immunization Program under the supervision of Leticia Ibarra.  There she worked outreaching the community and this is where she discovered different types of community needs, and was glad that she was able to provide information and resources for them thanks to the training. 

After she completed her internship with the Los Angeles County Immunization Program, Olivia started working with South Los Angeles Health Projects (SLAHP) expanding her knowledge in immunizations.

Olivia is now a  Community Health Promoter and Project Manager for Rescatando Salud (Health Rescue Project); a project of Esperanza.  Rescatando Salud works to improve immunization rates of children in our  neighborhood through immunization promotion, working closely with the County Immunization Project, South Central Family Center.

From left to right: Elizabeth Guevara, Evelia Castañeda, Blanca Valdez-Nava, Olivia Mendez, Norma Perez, and Graciela Torres.

Para mi ha sido una bonita experiencia trabajar en lo que me gusta porque de esa manera todo se hace mejor y a la vez se disfruta.  Me llevo muy bien con mis compañeras y eso es muy importante cuando se trabaja en equipo.

Recently AARP magazine featured a piece on non-traditional jobs in health care and Community Health Promoter Olivia Mendez was highlighted. 

Link: AARP Bulletin Today

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