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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

St. John’s Well Child and Family Center and Neighborhood Legal Services in Pacoima help families in South Los Angeles and Compton address the legal problems affecting their health.

“The medicine wasn’t what cured me,” said Perez, 49. “It was Mr. Dennis and what he did.”

Esperanza promotoras and many others attend action at City Hall.

A cohort of nine community-based organizations and community residents rallied around City Hall on Thursday to celebrate Human Rights Day 2009. On December 10, 1948, members of the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). Sixty-one years later, in single file form, two hundred people marched through the farmer’s market and encircled City Hall. We called for our mayor and the City Council to prioritize one main issue: that housing become an inalienable right for Angelinos.

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The Mercado La Paloma is a site of transformative change.  The space is a former garment sweatshop which Esperanza has transformed into a vibrant marketplace.  The Mercado Houses 14 small family-owned businesses.  All of our Mercado vendors are first time successful business owners, creating job opportunities for our community, serving healthy authentic food, and selling handmade art crafts.

 A recession Obsession is, 1) a meal so great that it stays in your mind long after digestion’s end, and, 2) plays nice with your sensitive wallet.  Is there a better place than Los Angeles to eat a wide variety of amazing food that so happens to be inexpensive?  Probably not.  We’re as lucky as we are well fed.  We last obsessed over Tandoori tacos, and KyoChon’s Korean Fried Chicken.  Today, we obsess…

Full article: Recession Obsession: Mercado La Paloma

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Congratulations! Mo-Chica, the new Peruvian restaurant at Mercado La Paloma for making headlines in the LA Weekly with their delicious Ceviche. 

Since its Grand Opening last April, Mo-Chica has been a great success!

Serving ceviche with cubes of sushi-quality tuna in a thick vinegar emulsion sharp with chile, soft and tart and brutally spicy all at once, served with slivered red onion, a half-ear of giant-kerneled corn and a soft chunk of sweet potato.

 Full story by Jonathan Gold on: LA Weekly

Adam Pash, editor of Lifehacker.com and Board Member of Esperanza Community Housing, appeared on KCAL 9 News speaking about how this website can help consumers save money on everyday expenses.  On lifehacker you can find affordable items such as  eye-glasses, cheap  flight fares to visit friends who are registered on facebook and even coupons for pizza!

Link: KCAL 9

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