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Promotores de Salud (English)

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Welcome to the Promotores de Salud webpage. Here you’ll find everything you need to know about what we do, why we do it, and how to help.  So, explore on!

What is Promotores de Salud?

Promotores de Salud is a lay health promoter program that is dedicated to improving access to health care and providing health education for all Hispanics in the Central Shenandoah Valley. 

How does it work?

The Promotores de Salud Program trains Hispanic women and men to be lay health resource persons (Promotores) in their community through a 40-hour training program that educates the Promotores in Spanish about a variety of important health topics. The Promotores then share their new knowledge with others by performing health encounters, such as distributing and explaining health literature or participating in community health fairs. Through this work, the Promotores become established within the community as reliable sources of important health information. By sharing accurate information in ways that are culturally appropriate, Promotores help to reduce health disparities and make healthy living a possibility for members of the community.  A current focus of our program is to raise awareness among Spanish speakers living in Shenandoah river area about the impact of mercury found in the South River and South Fork Shenandoah Rivers and provide education on how to reduce the risks associated with fish consumption.

Who can be a Promotor/a?

Are you an active and outstanding member of your Hispanic community?  Would you like to help those around you better understand how to care for themselves and their families?  Are you interested in Latino health?  Are you interested in nature and environmental health?  Do you enjoy interacting with others and sharing information?  Do you like fishing and other outdoor activities?  If so, then join our team!  Men and women are equally encouraged to participate.  We also recruit high school students for the Promotores de Salud Junior program.

Great! How do I sign up?

For more information about the next training or any questions, please contact Liliana Penalver, Program Coordinator, at (540) 568-5284 or PDS@jmu.edu.  Please leave a message with your name and number!  
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