PROJECT: Promotoras for Active Living
NEED: The need for connected health resources and education within Yolo County’s low-income population has become dire, and at a time when requests for services are on the rise, Empower Yolo experienced a reduction in the funding needed to provide those services.
The Promotoras for Active Living program trains lay community members – the majority of whom are low-income, Latina, and Spanish-speaking – to deliver health education designed to inspire the Latino community to live actively and improve their health.
With the support of our Immediate Need Grant in 2016, the program was able to
help Maria, a single mother with two children, who has a serious illness. Early in her treatment, she was not able to take care of her children, clean her home, or pay rent or bills. Then, she reached out to Amalia, a Promotora. Together with a case manager at Empower Yolo, Amalia organized support for Maria, helping to provide necessary childcare, groceries, and transportation, and they continue to work with Maria to help secure a healthy future for her family.