COVID-19 RESPONSE LEAD ORGANIZATION
PROCEED, Inc., National Center for Training Support and Technical Assistance is a leader and trailblazer in providing cutting-edge capacity building, and training and technical assistance services to not-for-profit community-based health and human services organizations, civic and religious organizations, health departments, government agencies, and academic institutions that are seeking ways to maximize current resources, talent, and technology, to become more effective, efficient, and self-sustaining.
In 2020, PROCEED, Inc. NCTSTA was commissioned by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to lead a national initiative to increase the capacity of Latino communities across the U.S. to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, through education, messaging, and linkage to local support services, in states and/or among segments of the Latino community hardest hit by COVID-19. The resulting initiative is
PODER en SALUD.
This project is comprised of PROCEED, Inc., six community-based Core Partners, and an additional 14 organizations recruited by the Core Partners to serve as local affiliates to help develop and disseminate Spanish-first, accurate, and culturally and situationally appropriate COVID-19 prevention information. Promotores/as or Community Health Workers (CHWs) will provide “boots on the ground” support to deliver COVID-19 prevention, testing, and vaccine messages to Latinos, and link them to essential health, human and social services that will help mitigate the negative impact of the pandemic on the community.
Collectively, PODER en SALUD will reach Latino communities in nine states: Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, New York, Oregon, and Rhode Island. Latino populations of focus for PODER en SALUD include individuals with pre-existing chronic conditions, women and families, undocumented persons, farmworkers, meatpacking/poultry workers, faith communities, and young adults.
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CHHC promotes healthy behavior and prevention of chronic diseases and health disparities in the Latino communities of metropolitan Chicago, by sponsoring culturally appropriate, evidence-based health education programs and by providing a forum for policy development.
In this project, CHHC works with Latinos with chronic diseases, lack insurance or are underinsured, over the age of 60, or have mental health issues. CHHC's work on this project will involve the Mexican and Puerto Rican communities in the southern region of Chicago.
El Centro serves Latino communities
in Kansas counties of Wyandotte
(Kansas City) and Johnson (Olathe). Through educational, social, and economic training opportunities, their programs build educated, healthy,
and financially stable Latino families not just for this generation, but for generations to come. In this project, El Centro and its affiliates will work with families with low-in, mixed immigration status and uninsured or underinsured Latino families
Farmworker Justice empowers farmworkers in the country to improve immigration policy, health, access to health care, occupational safety, wages, and access to the justice system. To ensure that their advocacy, litigation, and education truly address the needs of farmworkers, they work with local organizations that work directly with farmworkers. For this project, Farmworker Justice is partnering with organizations that work directly with farmworkers and their families in the states of California, Oregon, Florida, and Arizona.
Latino Commission on AIDS (LCOA) spearheads health advocacy for Latinos, promoting HIV education, developing prevention programs for high-risk communities, and building capacity in community organizations. The Commission is the founder of the Hispanic Health Network, dedicated to eradicating health disparities in our communities. For this project, LCOA works with faith-based Spanish-speaking communities in four New York City Boroughs (Queens, Bronx, and Brooklyn).
Progreso Latino is a Latino-led, community-based organization with the mission of helping Rhode Island’s Latino and immigrant communities achieve greater self-sufficiency and social-economic progress by providing transformational programs that support personal growth and social change in the Central Falls area. In this project, Progreso Latino and its affiliates will work with families, mixed immigration status, youth, and Latina women with a history of cancer and other chronic health conditions.
Rural Community Workers Alliance's mission is oriented to organize immigrant and refugee workers to address their needs and concerns in their workplaces and the communities where they reside. Services include education, leadership development, labor rights, immigration training, ESL classes, and community outreach. During this project, RCWA works directly with low-wage refugee and immigrant meatpacking and processing workers and their families in Milan, Kirksville, and Mexico, Missouri.