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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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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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Christmas Angels 2018

Christmas Angels 2018

Esperança’s Christmas Angels program began nearly 20 years ago, when Domestic Program Director, Maria Valenzuela, saw great need from the families participating in our health classes around the holidays.  From the start, Maria was a one-woman show; working with schools to select children, securing sponsors, plus wrapping and delivering the

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What You Need to Know About World Diabetes Day

What You Need to Know About World Diabetes Day

An Interview with Diana Soto, RN
Nicolasa is a 49 year old Hispanic female diagnosed with Type II DM 15 years ago. She is insulin dependent. She was reluctant to enroll in Esperança’s Diabetes Empowerment Education Program (DEEP) and stated that she was unsure if she would even attend the

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Soledad’s Story

Soledad’s Story

Soledad lives in a community home, where you and I may think our seniors are enjoying their retirement. That they may not worry too much about their life other than making sure they can watch soccer or wonder who will host the next Loteria game, a game similar to Bingo.

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Phoenix Program Goes International

Phoenix Program Goes International

In the Fall of 2017, Esperanca’s Domestic Program Director was invited to speak on a panel at the 4th Human Resources for Health Forum in Dublin, presented by the World Health Organization.  Maria shared the story of her journey from poverty to the Director of a world-recognized program through her passion

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