La Casa de Salud LCS is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to improve the health and wellbeing of the Hispanic community by providing health information and resources and by facilitating the provision of health services through community health workers CHWs. Over the last two years, LCS has educated and trained approximately 30 CHWs and strategically placed them where they can serve the greater Richmond Hispanic community. LCS has provided a variety of services to over 1,000 individuals during this time. These services include: health education and information via face-to-face events, blood pressure and glucose screenings, access to mammograms, enrollment in Medicaid expansion, diabetes prevention and education, and referrals to safety net clinics and other community partners for services. Many of these services have been provided by LCS CHWs through partnership with several Latino-serving churches. LCS CHWs are trusted members of their communities and are recognized for their knowledge of community health information and resources. LCS operates a Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. telephone line for COVID-19 information and resources and to facilitate referrals to health and other services. LCS uses its website and resources directory as digital tools to provide health information in Spanish and guide the community with health information needs that individuals and families may have. LCS also reaches out to the Hispanic community through its Facebook page and Facebook live events. Recent Facebook live events have had as many as 1,300 views. This project will enhance and extend our outreach efforts in the community through further CHW training to provide outreach in faith-based communities. As part of this project, we plan two train-the-trainer sessions for eight 8 CHWs on finding reliable consumer health information in Spanish and how they can critically evaluate information for credibility in order to identify health misinformation. The trainees will reach out to and inform the other 20 CHWs, LCS program groups and church leaders of critical health information and health information evaluation skills that they can share with their clients. This program will be a community engagement process allowing us to identify other community needs. LCS staff will post on Facebook weekly public health information from the CDC, the Virginia Department of Health and local counties to disseminate and reinforce key public health COVID-19 preventive measures messages. Since LCS Facebook Live sessions have had successful experience during the last few months with thousands of viewers, we will continue to host key public health and clinical specialists to promote vaccination and COVID-19-related critical health issues.
La Casa De La Salud