The RWHP focuses on strengthening the capacity of communities to overcome health barriers. RWHP advocacy work implements dynamic communication between service providers and communities through campaigns and training. These initiatives build replicable skills of individuals and organizations to shift policies to better meet the needs of the community.
ECCHO is the RWHP’s advocacy program linking the communities we serve to health providers. After 20 years of work in communities, it has become clear that constructing the bridge to health care takes networking, communication, education and support. This work comes through in ECCHO.
Community Health Clubs are community-based, interactive programs where participants learn “Action Steps” to improve their wellbeing and reduce health disparities. Club meetings are located at churches, libraries and other locations where participants regularly attend. The series of six meetings includes impactful information, linkage to care and opportunities to monitor their health.
The VIA Initiative (Voices of Immigrants in Action) brings together the grassroots voices of Hispanic Immigrants in the Southeastern United States into a communal force. This Initiative provides a platform for their unique realities, broadening the regional policy discussions of HIV/AIDS and correlating risk factors.
Tomando Acción (Taking Action) in an on-going program to: raise awareness among Spanish-speaking, immigrant women in Florida about domestic violence and to inform social service providers of Hispanic immigrant women’s barriers to accessing services Tools used to educate both sides are the fotonovelas and novela-video developed statewide with members of the Hispanic community.
Utilizing a Participatory Action Research approach, this community-developed magazine focuses on family planning, by addressing the issue from youth, male and female perspectives. Using fotonovelas, “Ask the Dr.” and other magazine sections, Hispanics grasp the many facets of planning and birth control.
El SOL was an intensive four-month campaign focused on reducing the health risks associated with tobacco use and exposure. Focusing on the affects on people living with diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease, this county-wide, community health worker program included business partnerships, outreach education and educational material development.