Latino Health Program
The Latino Health Program seeks to improve the health and wellbeing of Latinos in Watauga and Avery counties through: health education, increased access to care, and other enabling services.
The Latino Health program is a brand new project funded through a grant from the Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities (OMHHD). Our vision is to improve the health of our local Latino populations. Specifically, the grant focuses on improving patients’ understanding of their health, in order to prevent illness and to manage current illnesses.
Latinos are disproportionately affected by certain health problems such as: high blood pressure, diabetes, and overweight/obesity. They may also experience difficulty accessing health services due to language, transportation, cultural, and financial barriers.
The Latino Health Program aims to address these health concerns by connecting with the local population through in home screenings (blood pressure, glucose, and BMI), and screenings in the community. We will offer health education on: cardiovascular health, diabetes, and weight management to program participants. Another component of our program involves referring patients to existing programs that help them manage their weight and chronic illnesses. Both of the programs we plan to offer are culturally appropriate and relevant, and will be offered in Spanish. Finally, our program will offer enabling services such as interpretation and transportation to address the barriers mentioned above.
Through these services we hope to address health disparities in our community, and ultimately make our community a healthier place.
For more information, call (828) 268-8967.