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!


Esperanza celebrated its 14th Health Promotes Graduation “Class 2010”.  The ceremony took place at Magnolia Place where 22 community residents walked across the hall to receive their diplomas and to take the next step in becoming future leaders of their community.

The ceremony began with entrance of the class of 2010 and a warm welcoming by Nancy Halpern Ibrahim, Executive Director of Esperanza and founder of the “Promotora Training”.  Lupe Gonzalez, Director of the Health  Program, and Community Health Promoter, the Honorable Councilwomen Jan Perry, and Norma Benitez, Associate Director of the Health Programs honored and congratulated the class for this great achievement.

Class speakers also motivated the moment with personal stories and their experiences while taking the Promoter Training.  Brenda Chour,Irma Avila, Juan Martinez, and guest speaker Silvia Esqueda was also part of the emotive ceremony.

“Promoter at Heart” award was also presented by Esperanza Community Health Promoters in recognition to those who have demonstrated, leadership, motivation, generosity, and respect to our community. The “Promotores de Corazon” this year where the following:

An individual who has demonstrated great leadership within the Promotores circle.  His passion to enhance the Promotores awareness in the social and environmental justice area make him unique.  His mission is to help people growth, both personally and professionally, and create opportunities where Promotores de Salud can serve the community in diverse areas around health and social justice issues. Dynamic, sociable, humble, helpful and dedicated are words that describe Marlon Portillo.

One of our strongest women in the promotora field, mentor to the health promoters for the past twelve generations, and a great model for many women in the field.  Because of her great leadership, encouragement, and motivation many women have taken the training and have graduated as health promoters.  Direct, kind, and compassionate are words that describe Maria Cervantes.

She is the definition of genuine generosity, shares a lot with the little that she has, believes that everyone should be treated equally.  As a health promoter she identifies witht he pain of others, such as illness of a child or the loss of employment.  She has set the model of how to help others by finding resources and overcoming obstacles when a family is in need.  Charismatic, dedicated, humble and warm hearted are the words that describe Irma Chavez.

Hard working individual always serving the community with honesty and respect, and always making sure that families get what they need and deserve. As a health promoter, she encourages families to adopt healthier lifestyles through nutrition, and has organized people to take part of special events and community events.  Respectful, hardworking, passionate, and compassionate are the words that describe Georgina Padilla.

Special thanks to:  Marisla Foundation, Mizuho, Graduation Committee, SAJE, Magnolia Place Family Center, Antonia Esparza, Antonio Rubio, Cindy Huerta, Patricia Rizo, and to everyone who donated to make this graduation possible.

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:

Esperanza Promotoras attending the “Go Red for Women” conference from the American Heart Association.

(Esperanza Promotoras: above: Rosa Giron; below: Elizabeth Guevara, Norma Benitez, and Norma Linares)


Please Join Anand Grover, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health, Hon. Mark Ridley-Thomas, Supervisor, 2nd District, St. John’s Well Child and Family Centers, elected officials and community leaders in a Town Hall Meeting to highlight the health and human rights issues facing residents of south Los Angeles.

Friday, May 21, 2010, 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. Radisson Hotel Midtown Los Angeles 3540 South Figueroa St. Los Angeles, CA 90007 (between Exposition Blvd. and W. Jefferson Blvd.)

Breakfast will be served.

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