July 19, 2013 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, Emily Guerra bridges the community with Community Health Workers, also known in Spanish as Promotoras or Promotores de Salud (promoters of health) from Southern Area Health Education Center (SoAHEC), Amy Ramirez and Claudia Leyva; and from La Clinica de Familia, Rachel Reveles, to tell us about the roles of Promotoras(es).
Promotoras/Promotores are trusted members of the communities they serve. Since the 1960’s they have been a bridge to rural areas as the first point of contact with health and social systems for hard to reach and underserved populations. According to SoAHEC, New Mexico has a critical shortage of primary, oral and mental health providers.
SoAHEC at New Mexico State University has developed a support system to assist Promotoras(es) with their community work by providing training on a variety of topics. A unique benefit to the community is the fact that there are also male health workers for those times when men may not feel comfortable talking to a woman about their problems. To participate, and for more information, call SoAHEC at 575-646-3441.