Esperança in Phoenix
Esperança’s Phoenix Program is uniquely positioned as the leader in providing health education and resources to Maricopa County’s most at-risk and undeserved youth and adults, creating true social change. In these communities, where 64 percent of kindergartners have been inflicted with untreated tooth decay and over 47 percent suffer from obesity, poverty and health disparities, children are often caught in the cycle of inter-generational poor health.
Esperança’s bilingual and bi-cultural Community Health Educators embrace these individuals and use the barriers present in their communities as spring boards from which to implement programming that speaks directly to those served.
In order to make a more significant impact, our model is to partner with medical and dental providers, schools, community centers, churches and other community groups who share our mission, values, and principles. By providing preventative health education in conjunction with community based organizations, the efforts of all organizations can be leveraged to make the biggest impact in the communities we serve.
Salud con Sabor Latino
Salud con Sabor Latino (Health with a Latin Flavor) is an evidence based, four week interactive course that focuses on changing behaviors and improving knowledge about nutrition and physical activities in families. The 8-12 classes are built around the idea that a family can be healthy, without losing touch with their culture.
Participants engage in culturally appropriate, hands-on activities, such as cooking sessions and tours of local grocery stores. Classes are taught in Spanish in attempt to target the undeserved, Latino community. At the completion of the class, a celebration potluck is held for all participants and their families.
In 2017, we expanded our SSL curriculum to include Salud con Sabor Latino II, that builds on the knowledge gained in SSL to further education on healthy lifestyles.
Much like Salud con Sabor Latino, Salud con Sabor Latino para los Ninos (Health with a Latin Flavor for Children) is an evidence based, four week interactive course for children that teaches the basics of nutrition and the importance of physical activity. These classes take place at the children’s schools. The class focuses on children ages 9 – 13 years old in underserved communities throughout the Phoenix area.
Oral Health Education
Oral Health Education classes are giving in conjunction with our community partners at community centers, schools, head start programs, 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 from birth to 17 years old. Participants receive oral health kits, which include an age appropriate toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss. Our program gives parents the tools to ensure their children have strong and healthy teeth.
Chronic Illness Prevention Education
In addition to our ongoing classes, we provide additional educational opportunities to prevent obesity and lifestyle related chronic diseases. Access to healthcare is an important aspect in all of our work. We collaborate 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.
Chronic disease prevention education classes are 30 minutes to an hour long and uniquely catered to attending demographics. Our Community Health Educators are certified to teach the curriculum in both English and Spanish as well as to children, adults, and seniors. The purpose is to provide information and support on health topics such as diabetes, cholesterol, and nutrition.
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