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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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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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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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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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“Thank You For Opening My Eyes”

“Thank You For Opening My Eyes”

Damaris Zenteno is like most 17 year-olds. She lives in the Japón neighborhood in the city of Tarija, Bolivia, with her mother and three sisters. Her father died when she was young, so her mother became the sole provider for the family, working hard to ensure the girls received an

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Preventing Infant Mortality in Bolivia

Preventing Infant Mortality in Bolivia

Claudia is 34 years old. She and her husband raise their two daughters (ages 4 and 11) in the Tierra Linda neighborhood of Bolivia, a new peri-urban district, devoid of sewer systems. Many schools and homes in rural Bolivia lack both running water and sanitation facilities. Imagine being in Claudia’s

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World AIDS Day – Esperança’s Support in Mozambique

World AIDS Day – Esperança’s Support in Mozambique

World AIDS Day
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2017, approximately 36.9 million people worldwide were living with HIV – nearly 70% of them in Africa.  In addition, an estimated 940,000 people died from AIDS-related illnesses and about 1.8 million people were newly infected with

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