Mobilizing trained community health promoters in a medically underserved community

This initiative represents the third component of a training program for lay health promoters in two neighborhoods in South Central Los Angeles. The program is being undertaken by Esperanza Community Housing Corporation (ECHC), a non-profit organization based in the Maple-Adams/ Hoover-Adams neighborhood of South Central Los Angeles (a federally designated medically underserved community). ECHC was founded in 1989, and has worked to provide low-income families with affordable quality housing and services. The program will enable a group of 20 health promoters who have already gone through a five-month formal training program, followed by a six-month internship placement at a local health institution, to undertake an "on the streets" effort in which each promoter will take--and later analyze--medical histories and surveys of residents. Based on these results, each promoter will select two to three main areas of health promotion (e.g. health access, diabetes, lead poisoning, etc.) that will be the focus of their outreach activities. Promoters will also serve as vital conduits of practical information to guide community residents through the complexities of Los Angeles' health care system.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $50,000.00

Awarded on: 9/18/1997

Time frame: 11/1/1997 - 10/31/1998

Grant Number: 29793


Esperanza Community Housing Corporation

2337 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, 90007-2501


Nancy Halpern Ibrahim
Project Director