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.
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.
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.
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.
RWHP lay-health (Florida Promotor Initiative)
The RWHP recognizes that lay-health workers are the bridge between community and service providers in areas most affected by disparities in health and education. Known by many names: promotores, peer educators and community health workers, Lay-health workers are community members who feel moved to serve their community. Once trained, they strengthen the well-being of their community and personally grow through increased education, community service and leadership development.
Each FPI Program follows a 7-point protocol:
- Each project is designed with community partners.
- Members of the community help develop the health messages.
- Lay-health workers serve as agents for community education.
- Local providers and social service groups prepare for potential referrals.
- Spanish-language Resources Guides are distributed.
- Site Coordinators are trained to facilitate outreach services to build community involvement and inform community members about services.
- Outreach approaches include: home visits, community events, fairs and meetings.
Entre Nosotras Using a holistic approach, Entre Nosotras [Between us women] combines community seminars with lay-health worker outreach to reduce the transmission of STI and HIV by building women’s understanding of the balance between physical and emotional health and control over reproduction and sexual health.
With a national reputation for the development of community-based testimonial media, RWHP trainings prepare groups to either independently produce or collaboratively develop such educational tools as fotonovelas, testimonial video and print materials. Trainings are implemented in 2 to 5 day intensive seminars and are held at organizational offices.
El Paso - HIV Prevention
Partnering with Farmworker Justice, we offered a training to focus on the intricacies of novela development which would integrate the concepts of “Theory of Change” within stories addressing the risk HIV infection for married women in HIV infection. This project includes the insight of educators from the El Paso, Texas area.
Brownsville FJ - HIV Prevention
Youth peer educators have unique needs for their HIV prevention work in bars, clubs and schools. In collaboration with Farmworker Justice, this one week training had two goals: train the youth in novela development for their future work and to produce three bi-lingual youth novelas for immediate outreach.
RWHP research projects
The RWHP is committed to Particpatory Action Research as the most impactful approach to carrying out research that can be applied to community action.
Every RWHP research project is grounded in community perspectives and community-driven recommendations.
There is a void in the articulation of HIV/AIDS prevalence among farmworkers or of Hispanic Immigrants within the epidemic within Southeastern states. In order to increase an understanding around the level of risk facing Hispanic Immigrant communities in this zone of the United States, the Voices of Immigrants in Action (VIA) program focused on the internal and external barriers to HIV education, prevention and testing in this community.