Proyecto HEAL Project Helps Colorado Agency Reach Latino Families With Health Information

Program to Address Sociocultural Barriers to Health Care in Hispanic Communities

From 1992 to 1997, staff at the Latin American Research and Service Agency, located in Denver, implemented community-based interventions to address sociocultural barriers to health care for Hispanic Americans. The project's specific focus was on training families and health professionals to improve parenting skills and reduce violence.

The project was part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Program to Address Sociocultural Barriers to Health Care in Hispanic Communities national program.

Key Results: Project staff:

  • Formed youth groups, totaling 60 youths, to provide them with health education.
  • Implemented a training program to improve parenting skills and reduce family violence, reaching some 600 parents of more than 2,000 children in the community.
  • Provided cultural competency training to more than 300 health care professionals.
  • Implemented Project CORE, a cancer-screening program.
  • Conducted five community health forums attended by some 120 community members.
  • Sponsored three statewide Hispanic health summits for over 500 health care professionals.
  • Ran a series of focus groups with adult and adolescent Latinas, emphasizing women because Latinas are traditionally the caretakers of the family.