Legacy Communities

As a Center of Excellence (deemed by the CDC), REACH Latino CEED New England sponsors a number of legacy communities that carry on the work of previous REACH grantees in order to mitigate health disparities and work towards healthy New England communities.  Below are those communities and links to their work.

Nuestras Raíces – Holyoke, MA – Nuestras Raíces will implement a community-led and driven initiative to address obesity and its attendant chronic diseases of diabetes, hypertension and heart disease, as well as asthma.  This initiative will grow from the community gardening and intergenerational leadership base of Nuestras Raíces to educate and engage Latino residents in making a healthier community.  It will build on the successes of the first year of Legacy CEED funding.

Progreso Latino – Central Falls – RI – Progreso Latino seeks to expand on existing programs including funding a nurse to provide screenings and education that will cover different health issues, with a focus on preventative care for diabetes and cardiovascular disease.  Progreso Latino has grown into an independent non-profit organization with the mission of improving the health of the Latino community.  Their vast array of programs are provided not only in Central Falls, but also in the neighboring communities of Providence, Pawtucket, and Woonsocket where there is a substantial Latino Population. 

Cambridge Health Alliance – Somerville, MA - Cambridge Health Alliance will be working with three CHA clinics in Cambridge and Somerville (Union Square Health Center, East Somerville Health Center, and Windsor Health Center), as well as their primary community partner, Concilio Hispano.  The program seeks to help identify and understand the system and patient barriers to improve diabetes self-management in CHA’s Spanish-speaking diabetic patients.  Cambridge Health Alliance also seeks to develop appropriate education and support strategies to enhance these patients’ self-management knowledge and skills. 

Portland Minority Health Program – Portland, ME - This project will address the social determinants of chronic disease among Latinos in Portland, Maine by proving linguistically and culturally competent health care services.  This will be done through by utilizing a Community Health Outreach Worker (CHOW) and collaborating with health care service providers.  The Portland Minority Health project will sustain comprehensive care that integrates and strengthens the linkages between population-based public health services, primary care, follow-up and specialty care, in dealing with health disparities associated with asthma, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and women’s health.

Center for Hispanic Policy and Advocacy (CHiSPA) – Providence, RI - CHisPA’s mission is to help create a social, political and economic environment where the needs and aspirations of Latinos are embraced in a manner that is consistent with that experienced by Rhode Island’s population in general.  The program will continue its efforts to educate Latinos on cardiovascular disease and nutrition utilizing their Promotores de Salud El Club de la Salud program.

Hall-Brooke Behavioral Health Services, Inc. – Bridgeport, CT - Hall-Brooke Behavioral Health Services-The Center in Bridgeport, is an outpatient/ambulatory treatment center that offers a full continuum of psychiatric services.  The program focus is to reduce the prevalence of diabetes and obesity within the Latino population concurrently in treatment for depression and substance abuse through partnership with St. Vincent’s Medical Center. 

Food for the World – Lawrence, MA - Food for the World, Inc. started out as a faith based grassroots community group initiated as a personal ministry by Julia Polanco in 1995.  Its driving purpose is to assist families in need by providing easy access to basic nutritional sustenance in order to insure healthier, happier communities in spite of poverty.  Coupled with their services, the program will focus on developing a “Best Practice” for nutritional guidance to address cardiovascular disease prevention in Latinos

Sociedad Latina – Boston, MA – This project will address health disparities among Latinos in Boston.  Sociedad Latina has created a standalone health community organizing program called Health Educators. Built from the model of our Youth Community Organizing program, Health Educators will hire and intensively train twelve high school Health Educators to research health disparities, identify innovative solutions, engage community members and develop community-responsive health programs that will promote self management education & create systems and policy change that improve community health.   This year’s policy change initiative will focus on sugar sweetened beverages, which are a staple within our Latino and Roxbury communities and are also a leading cause of child and adult obesity.

YWCA SE - New Bedford, MA  – This YWCA project will address disparities in breast and cervical cancer and cardiovascular disease in Latina women age 40 and over that live in New Bedford.  Important barriers to early detection, prevention information, education and screening of breast and cervical cancer and cardiovascular disease exist among Latina women in New Bedford.

Hartford Food System - Hartford, CT -  The Hartford Food System  Healthy Food Retailer Initiative is an innovative strategy to address some of the root causes of poor nutrition in Latino neighborhoods.  It is a relatively new project, launched three years ago, and our proposal to REACH New England outlines three new endeavors to build on this prior work.  Store inspections have already measured and 8% shift to healthy food, demonstrating that the Healthy Food Retailer Initiative is a viable way to improve deficiencies within the urban grocery sector

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