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Going Blue for World Diabetes Day

By Jazmin Hernandez, Community Health Educator The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) recognizes November 14th as World Diabetes Day, and the focus for 2019 is Family and Diabetes. According to the IDF, 1 in 11 people are living with diabetes.  Type 2 diabetes is the most prevalent form of the condition, […]

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Arizona Health Equity Conference Review

“Every child matters. Every family matters. These numbers are telling us we cannot wait. We need people who are healthy and educated.” -Dr. Flavio Marsiglia The annual Arizona Health Equity Conference is a unique forum that unites 300 healthcare providers and professionals, nonprofits, researchers and more around one central cause: […]

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October – National Dental Hygiene Month

The goal of National Dental Hygiene Month is to raise awareness around behaviors that promote a healthy smile and build a foundation of healthy habits to be carried throughout life. As a health education provider, Esperança is honed in on informing children and families in the Phoenix area how profoundly […]

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Volunteer Spotlight – Felicia Lindstrom

For Felicia Lindstrom, a passion for serving others in the healthcare field was sparked very early in life. “I was in junior high when my grandmother lost her leg to gangrene from diabetes, and she had to go get fitted for a prosthetic. So I went with her to the […]

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Body and Mind…Getting Kids Ready for the School Year

Summer can be a tricky time for some Phoenix families. The same childcare and after-school resources are often not available, causing a financial and emotional strain on working parents. Luckily, in the heart of South Phoenix, Wesley Community Center offers a variety of programs for school age children during the […]

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Two Good Men

Pictured above, from left to right: Jeri Royce, President & CEO, Mr. and Mrs. Young, long-time supporters of Esperanca, Dr. Bill Dolan, Bobbie Vidulich, and Dr. Harry Owens, members of the original surgical missions aboard the Esperança hospital ship in Brazil.Submitted by a long-time supporter of EsperançaMy connection to Esperança […]

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Mother’s Day 2019 – Celebrating Mamacitas

By Maria Valenzuela, Domestic Program DirectorDía de las Madres is celebrated in Mexico and other Latin countries every year on May 10th. Next to Christmas day, May 10th is the second most celebrated holiday by Latinos. Growing up with Mexican roots, May 10th was a day most of us prepared […]

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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 (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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