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Spanish Language Day

Spanish Language Day

What language do you think in? What language do you dream in? Those were the most common questions Maria Valenzuela, Esperança’s Domestic Program Director, was asked growing up as a monolingual Spanish speaking kid in the 1980’s. “To my surprise I still get asked those questions,” Maria laughs. Even more […]

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Back from the Brink

Back from the Brink

The Municipality of San Lorenzo, Bolivia, has little over 3,000 residents. Nestled between a fork in the Río Tojtiwaysho, the majority of families here are field workers, cultivating what vegetables possible in the increasingly dry soil.  Due to recent changes in the climate, agriculturalists have been forced to move away […]

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World Health Day – the Importance of Immunizations

World Health Day – the Importance of Immunizations

World Health Day is celebrated every year on April 7th, as the founding day of the World Health Organization.  On this day, and every day in between, Esperança focuses on improving the lives of men, women, and children who fall through the cracks of modern-day healthcare. Esperança was established on […]

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Community Health Worker – More than a Noun

Community Health Worker – More than a Noun

Community Health Worker (CHW) nouna term describing public health and/or social service workers who are close to and serve members of the community by helping them to adopt healthy behaviorsHow can one sentence encompass a healthcare movement that transcends cultural, socioeconomic, and interpersonal barriers? From as far back as the […]

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World Water Day

World Water Day

By Anna Ortiz, MPH, International Program Director
I have frequently been asked, “what do you think is the single-most important public health issue of our day?” For a long time I struggled to answer that question without devolving into a moral argument about public health priorities. That was until I

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Esperança Celebrates International Women’s Day

Esperança Celebrates International Women’s Day

#BalanceforBetter A balanced world is a better world. How can you help forge a more gender-balanced world? Celebrate women’s achievement. Raise awareness against bias. Take action for equality. Balance drives a better working world. Let’s all help create a #BalanceforBetter. This year, the Esperança staff is sharing their thoughts on what International […]

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Ten Tips for a Healthier Nutrition Month

Ten Tips for a Healthier Nutrition Month

By Diana Soto, RN – Community Health Nurse & Senior Program ManagerDiana serves as Esperança’s Community Health Nurse & Senior Program Manager, providing education sessions to seniors living in HUD housing as well as other heads of household. These classes are designed to help participants understand the effect that food […]

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Karla’s Commitment

Karla’s Commitment

My name is Karla Cid and I am 35 years-old. I am married with four beautiful children ages 15, 10, 7, and 3. I work at the administration department of a Behavioral Health Hospital and ever since I started here back in 2016, I started gaining weight and no matter

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International Program Updates

International Program Updates

By Anna Ortiz, MPH, International Program Director
In the past year, Esperança’s surgical program has undergone tremendous change. The rise of the political crisis in Nicaragua last April challenged the sustainability of our longest standing surgical program at that time. It forced us to take a step back and acknowledge

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One Thing No Child Should Ever Have to Share

One Thing No Child Should Ever Have to Share

Most 3rd graders today do not have the same every day worries as their parents did. Most children do not worry where their next meal is coming from, or about not getting medical attention because their parents do not have the funds to pay for it. The last thing on

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