Improving health outcomes for one of our nation’s largest population groups.

Latinos constitute the fastest growing minority group in the United States, and many face substantial health challenges and obstacles to obtaining health care.

The KDHRC Latino Health program addresses the unique health risks of Latino families and communities. Our projects explore optimal methods for community-based organizations to deliver health education to Latinos and ways to decrease their barriers to health care.

Our Latino Health Resources website disseminates our completed programs to community-based organizations. Resources include culturally appropriate, easy-to-use programming, such as promotora training tools and family-based interventions, to improve the health of the families in Latino communities.

Dientes Fuertes, Vida Sana (“Strong Teeth, Healthy Life”)

Dientes Fuertes, Vida Sana is a culturally competent training program that teaches promotores de salud (community health workers) to build Latino caregivers’ knowledge about how to prevent early childhood tooth decay and obtain dental care for their children.

Todo Promotores Clearinghouse (TPC)

KDHRC is developed the Todo Promotores Clearinghouse (TPC) program, which includes resources to support NPOs’ formation, implementation, and evaluation of promotores programs.

En Familia: Families Partnering for Health

En Familia improves Latino families’ abilities to navigate the health care system and manage their health and health care. The multi-session program, which is presented at nonprofit, faith-based, and community-based organizations, uses an intergenerational, family-based training approach.

Familias Fuertes

Latinos experience significant health disparities and barriers to care when coping with cancer. This product trains promotores to support families with children, a vulnerable population presently underserved by existing programs.

Publications

KDHRC contributes to the fields of public health, health communication, and organizational studies through our academic and mainstream publications.

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Who Benefits the Most from the Todo Promotores Clearinghouse?

Eric C. Twombly, Rosa M. Smith, Debra S. Kozlowski, and Kristen D. Holtz

The Todo Promotores Clearinghouse (TPC) strives to build the capacity of staffers at Latino health nonprofits to effectively run promotores programs. This brief explores characteristics of staffers most likely to benefit from exposure to TPC’s courses. While many types of staffers experienced gains in knowledge, positive attitudes, and self-efficacy around executing promotores programs, the biggest beneficiaries of TPC are frontline staffers at small, grassroots organizations. With respect to attitudes as the primary focus, TPC significantly impacts younger staffers.

November 2017
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Who Benefits the Most from the Todo Promotores Clearinghouse?

Eric C. Twombly, Rosa M. Smith, Debra S. Kozlowski, and Kristen D. Holtz

The Todo Promotores Clearinghouse (TPC) strives to build the capacity of staffers at Latino health nonprofits to effectively run promotores programs. This brief explores characteristics of staffers most likely to benefit from exposure to TPC’s courses. While many types of staffers experienced gains in knowledge, positive attitudes, and self-efficacy around executing promotores programs, the biggest beneficiaries of TPC are frontline staffers at small, grassroots organizations. With respect to attitudes as the primary focus, TPC significantly impacts younger staffers.

November 2017
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A Tool to Help Staffers Formulate, Implement, and Evaluate Promotores Programs at Latino- Serving Nonprofit Organizations: How Effective is the Todo Promotores Clearinghouse?

Eric C. Twombly, Rosa M. Smith, Debra S. Kozlowski, and Kristen D. Holtz

Community-based nonprofit organizations are critical to effective health service delivery in low-income areas of the United States. Many such organizations use promotores, or community health workers, to conduct health promotion, education, and health system navigation to improve Latinos’ access to and use of health care. This brief examines the effectiveness of the Todo Promotores Clearinghouse, an online resource to support the creation, implementation, and evaluation of promotores programming among Latino-serving nonprofits.

September 2017
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A Tool to Help Staffers Formulate, Implement, and Evaluate Promotores Programs at Latino- Serving Nonprofit Organizations: How Effective is the Todo Promotores Clearinghouse?

Eric C. Twombly, Rosa M. Smith, Debra S. Kozlowski, and Kristen D. Holtz

Community-based nonprofit organizations are critical to effective health service delivery in low-income areas of the United States. Many such organizations use promotores, or community health workers, to conduct health promotion, education, and health system navigation to improve Latinos’ access to and use of health care. This brief examines the effectiveness of the Todo Promotores Clearinghouse, an online resource to support the creation, implementation, and evaluation of promotores programming among Latino-serving nonprofits.

September 2017
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An Intergenerational Approach to Improve the Health Literacy Skills of Families

Louise C. Palmer, Eric C.Twombly, Kristen D. Holtz, & Kimberly Stringer, KDH Research & Communication

The need for effective health programming for Latino families is substantial. Not only do Latinos constitute the fastest growing demographic group in the U.S. (U.S. Census Bureau, 2011), but many Latinos also face significant health challenges. The pilot En Familia (ENF) program aims to improve knowledge about key health topics and health literacy skills of Latino families in the U.S. and to reduce the health disparities that many Latino families face. ENF encourages teens, their parents, and their grandparents to support each other in making healthy lifestyle choices. This research brief provides the preliminary evaluation results of a pilot version of the novel health program, ENF, and outlines the ways in which the program will evolve to full content and wide applicability.

October 2011
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An Intergenerational Approach to Improve the Health Literacy Skills of Families

Louise C. Palmer, Eric C.Twombly, Kristen D. Holtz, & Kimberly Stringer, KDH Research & Communication

The need for effective health programming for Latino families is substantial. Not only do Latinos constitute the fastest growing demographic group in the U.S. (U.S. Census Bureau, 2011), but many Latinos also face significant health challenges. The pilot En Familia (ENF) program aims to improve knowledge about key health topics and health literacy skills of Latino families in the U.S. and to reduce the health disparities that many Latino families face. ENF encourages teens, their parents, and their grandparents to support each other in making healthy lifestyle choices. This research brief provides the preliminary evaluation results of a pilot version of the novel health program, ENF, and outlines the ways in which the program will evolve to full content and wide applicability.

October 2011
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Identifying and Overcoming Challenges to the Effective Implementation of Promotores Programs by Community-Based Nonprofit Organizations

Eric C.Twombly, Kristen D. Holtz, Kimberly Stringer, & Louise C. Palmer, KDH Research & Communication

In today’s fiscally austere climate, community-based nonprofit organizations that are the frontline providers of health services to low-income Latino families are seeking new and innovative approaches to supply services at lower cost. One such approach is to use promotores – or community health workers – to provide client outreach services. But the implementation of promotores programs raises important challenges for nonprofits. Using primary data collected from a national sample of academics and nonprofit executives, this brief describes these implementation challenges and recommends methods for nonprofits to overcome them.

September 2011
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Identifying and Overcoming Challenges to the Effective Implementation of Promotores Programs by Community-Based Nonprofit Organizations

Eric C.Twombly, Kristen D. Holtz, Kimberly Stringer, & Louise C. Palmer, KDH Research & Communication

In today’s fiscally austere climate, community-based nonprofit organizations that are the frontline providers of health services to low-income Latino families are seeking new and innovative approaches to supply services at lower cost. One such approach is to use promotores – or community health workers – to provide client outreach services. But the implementation of promotores programs raises important challenges for nonprofits. Using primary data collected from a national sample of academics and nonprofit executives, this brief describes these implementation challenges and recommends methods for nonprofits to overcome them.

September 2011
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Using Promotores Programs to Improve Latino Health Outcomes: Implementation Challenges for Community-Based Nonprofit Organizations

Eric C. Twombly, Kimberly A. Stringer, & Kristen D. Holtz, KDHRC
Working Paper 09-002

Latinos in the United States face numerous barriers to accessing health care and suffer from relatively low health outcomes. To address these barriers and improve Latinos’ health, community-based nonprofits attempt to use innovative and creative health care delivery methods, including promotores programs. Promotores are community lay health workers, often working through nonprofit organizations, who provide outreach and services to Latinos. Using primary data from a sample of national experts, this paper explores the challenges faced by nonprofits in the implementation of promotores programs. The findings suggest three key implementation problems: the lack of standardized information on promotores programs, labor issues, and organizational costs. The paper concludes with several strategies to addresses these problems.

November 2009
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Using Promotores Programs to Improve Latino Health Outcomes: Implementation Challenges for Community-Based Nonprofit Organizations

Eric C. Twombly, Kimberly A. Stringer, & Kristen D. Holtz, KDHRC
Working Paper 09-002

Latinos in the United States face numerous barriers to accessing health care and suffer from relatively low health outcomes. To address these barriers and improve Latinos’ health, community-based nonprofits attempt to use innovative and creative health care delivery methods, including promotores programs. Promotores are community lay health workers, often working through nonprofit organizations, who provide outreach and services to Latinos. Using primary data from a sample of national experts, this paper explores the challenges faced by nonprofits in the implementation of promotores programs. The findings suggest three key implementation problems: the lack of standardized information on promotores programs, labor issues, and organizational costs. The paper concludes with several strategies to addresses these problems.

November 2009
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Latino Health

Programs in this area have trained lay health workers (promotoras) to help low-income Latinos find, use, and understand health information; improve the dental health of young Latino children; and reach women with information on lupus.

Staff Contact
Rosa Smith, MPH
Research Associate