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Promotora Program Expands, Community Health Workers Trained


Lanterman Regional Center, along with Esperanza Housing, has expanded the Promotora Program with the recruitment and training of two additional promotoras that will be providing services to 52 newly enrolled Spanish-speaking Lanterman families. 

In addition, starting in January, the Promotora program was replicated with the Korean Youth Community Center (KYCC), and two community health workers were recruited and began training to provide services to 20 Korean-speaking families.

"This model has proven to be a successful strategy in targeting disparities and increasing access to services for clients living at home with their parents," shares Rose Chacana, director, Koch-Young Resource Center. "The community health workers/promotoras build community trust through home visitations and mentoring. They are leaders in the community who speak the same language and understand the challenges our families face."

With training completed in April, work with families began right away. Pictured at the graduation/certification of the new promotoras/community health workers (from left to right): Norma Benitez, health director at Esperanza Housing, who oversees the Promotora Program and training of new community health workers/promotoras; Lisbeth Vilchez, new Spanish-speaking promotora for Esperanza; Juana Calel, new Spanish-speaking promotora for Esperanza; Geumjin "Ginny" Yoo, new community health worker for KYCC; Hannah Lim, new community health worker for KYCC; Nayon Kang, assistant division director for KYCC; and Jaime Cha McGrath, Lanterman family support specialist.