Health Programs

Esperanza Community Housing runs a number of health programs:

Community Health Promoters Training Program trains bi- and trilingual low-income residents of our neighborhood to become community health leaders, known as Promotores. The Community Health Promoters Training Program has trained 438 residents of the Figueroa Corridor to become community health leaders, patient advocates, health educators, and community organizers. The program’s success is due to community trust in the health promoters, their cultural sensitivity, and ability to access the community in ways that traditional health series cannot. Promotores reach more than 20,000 community residents each year and educate residents about varied health issues, including environmental health, lead poisoning prevention, allergies and asthma, prenatal care and early childhood development, and access to health services. Esperanza’s Community Health Promoter Program also serves as a gateway for employment in the health and social services fields for our residents.  More than thirty-four public health agencies and nonprofit organizations in Los Angeles employ Esperanza-trained Promotores.

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For more information contact:
Norma Benitez
Director, Health Programs
Tel: 213.748-7285 x 226
Email: normab@esperanzacommunityhousing.org
3655 South Grand Avenue #280
Los Angeles, CA 90007

Healthy Homes Project works with collaborating agencies St. John’s Well Child Center and Strategic Actions for Just Economy (“SAJE”) conducting community-based research, community education, home visits, hazard assessment and remediation to help parents prevent lead poisoning and asthma triggers from injuring their families.

For more information contact:
Gabriela Gonzalez
Project Manager/Community Health Promoter
Tel: 213.748-7285 x 227
Email: Gabriela@esperanzacommunityhousing.org
3655 South Grand Avenue #280
Los Angeles, CA 90007

Healthy Breathing Project is a Community Health Promotor led project aimed at reducing pediatric asthma patients from entering and returning to the emergency room by providing in-home case management services. The Healthy Breathing Project works in collaboration with California Hospital Medical Center who provides referrals of children (0-18 years) who have been diagnosed with asthma. Esperanza’s Community Health Promoters support families with asthma management through asthma medication education, integrated pest management, and addressing environmental hazards in the home.

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For more information contact:
Ashley Kissinger, MPH
Project Manager
Tel: 213.748-7285 x 239
Email: ashley@esperanzacommunityhousing.org
3655 South Grand Avenue #280
Los Angeles, CA 90007

Nutrition Education Obesity Prevention (NEOP) Project is a peer-to-peer model using Community Health Promoters from our training program to promote healthy eating in our community. Peer educators are trained to teach Los Angeles County Department of Public Health approved evidence-based curricula in targeted low-income communities in South Los Angeles, East Los Angeles and Boyle Heights. The Nutrition Education Obesity Prevention Program has successfully reached Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or also known as CAL-Fresh recipients who currently live in affordable housing and surrounding communities and those eligible up to 185% Federal Poverty Level (FPL). Esperanza has collaborated with existing and new partnerships to fight obesity through education of their members. Esperanza’s NEOP Program has implemented healthy lifestyles through promoting consumption of more fruits and vegetables, reduction of sugary beverage intake and increasing physical activity.

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For more information contact:
Bernice Quinones
Project Coordinator
Tel: 213-748-7285 x 234
Email: bernie@esperanzacommunityhousing.org
3655 South Grand Avenue #280
Los Angeles, CA 90007

Lanterman Regional Center Project is a peer-to-peer approach to understand community challenges to access services and improve pathways to increase the utilization by partnering with Frank D. Lanterman Regional Center. The focus of the project is to improve the utilization of services for hard-to-reach clients as well as improve organizational systems to improve outreach activities for underserved clients.

For more information contact:
Norma Benitez
Director, Health Programs
Tel: 213.748-7285 x 226
Email: normab@esperanzacommunityhousing.org
3655 South Grand Avenue #280
Los Angeles, CA 90007

Esperanza also participates in conferences, workshops and seminars such as the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Centers for Disease Control, American Public Health Association, Environmental Protection Agency, Los Angeles County Lead Poisoning Prevention Program and the Alliance to End Childhood Lead Poisoning, where Promotores are regular presenters.

Esperanza’s Health Partners:

Coalition for Community Health, St. John’s Well Child Center, Strategic Actions for a Just Economy, Alliance to End Childhood Lead Poisoning, Clínica Oscar Romero, California Hospital Medical Center, Pediatric & Family Medical Center, South Central Family Health Center, Norwood Street Elementary School Healthy Start Program, Hooper Avenue Healthy Start Program, Maternal Child Access Project, USC Head Start Program, USC School of Preventive Medicine, UCLA School of Public Health, and County of Los Angeles Department of Health Services Maternal Child Health, Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention.

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