Since 1999, Esperança has been working in the Phoenix Metropolitan area to meet the health needs of low-income and underserved families in our local neighborhood. Our expertise is providing evidence-based culturally appropriate health education to address obesity, lifestyle-related chronic diseases, and oral health.
We provide education to prevent obesity and lifestyle-related chronic diseases through our evidence-based Salud con Sabor Latino curriculum that focuses on changing behaviors and improving knowledge about nutrition and physical activity in adults, children and families. Included in the 8-12 module series is education about food groups, portion sizes, reading food labels, and tips for becoming more active. Participants engage in culturally-appropriate hands-on activities such as cooking sessions and a tour of the local supermarket. A celebration potluck is held for all participants and their families at the completion of the series.
Oral health education is given in conjunction with our community partner sites at community centers, schools, Head Starts, local dental clinics, and other community groups. We teach parents and children about the importance of daily brushing and flossing, how to prevent cavities through proper oral hygiene and diet changes, and how moms and dads can prepare their babies for strong and healthy teeth. All workshops are evidence-based, highly interactive and culturally-sensitive. We reach families with children ranging in ages 0-17. Participants receive oral health kits which include an age-appropriate toothbrush, toothpaste and floss.
Access to health resources is an important aspect of all of our work. We work with providers and community-based partners to connect local families to health services that are low-cost and affordable. This may include on-site enrollment or assisting families to overcome common barriers such as language and transportation.