A Mi Alcance (Within My Reach)- This program is the RWHP’s response to the disparities in chronic illness (diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol and heart disease) experienced by Latino Hispanic communities. Grounded in a focus on achievable goals,A Mi Alcance addresses these health topics:
A Mi Alcance focuses on disseminating relevant health information into communities via two distinct methods: Alcance Community Outreach and the Alcance lay-health worker Campaign. The Alcance Campaign aspect of the program was implemented in the summer of 2013 in Lake County, Florida. Capacitating 15 lay-health workers from the Lake County Community Health Workers Program, over 600 face to face orientaciones were made during the three-month campaign period. This aspect of the program has been evaluated and its success is outlined in the A Mi Alcance research poster (insert link) presented at the 2013 Florida Community Health Worker Coalition 3rd Annual Summit.
The Community Outreach aspect of the Alcance program is currently being implemented in Alachua and Levy counties in the form of group meetings, as opposed to one-on-one outreach. The benefits of community meetings is under evaluation as the RWHP merges the community outreach into their education programming in North Central Florida immigrant communities.
Entre Nosotras (Between Us Women) is designed to dismantle the fundamental barriers to Hispanic women's prevention of HIV and other STDs. These barriers include: the lack of information, trust, access to services and identification of HIV/STDs as a prioritized health concern.
This women's health program will increase women's health literacy, teach about family planning and address HIV risk and prevention of HIV in the Hispanic, immigrant communities of rural North Central Florida.
Entre Nosotras will have two clear components: implementation and replication. Implementation will begin in the northwestern tip of Volusia-Putnam County in North Florida with the organization Alianza de Mujeres Activas [AMA]. There will be extensive training of 10 lay-health workers, increasing their health literacy on women's health:
These lay-health workers will carry out a three-month campaign, each educating a minimum of 10 community women per month (300 total).
Lessons learned will be gathered from a de-briefing and analysis of lay-health worker contact notes and applied to the replication of this project in Marion County. Navigation support will be available to participants.
The Rural Women's Health Project [RWHP] will partner with trusted farmworker community programs, including health service providers in the North Florida Farmworker Corridor (Marion, Eastern Putnam and NW Volusia Counties) and capacitate them to implement this HIV work. The project is a collaborative effort of farmworker support organizations, religious ministries, the Florida Department of Health, Bureau of HIV/AIDS Minority AIDS Coordinator Area 3/13 and the RWHP.
Project Claridad was a youth program focused on improving the health of the community. The goal of Project Claridad was to stop the growth of HIV/AIDS in the Hispanic community through educational activities, exchanges and education of youth 14-21 years of age.
With funding from the Pfizer Foundation’s Southern HIV/AIDS Prevention Initiative, Project Claridad has had programs housed in two Florida farmworker areas, Crescent City and Belle Glade / Pahokee.Claridad has netted multiple results: