April is National Minority Health Month. OneWorld’s promotoras, or community health promoters, work to increase health care access and disease prevention within minority populations in Douglas and Sarpy counties. Our promotoras are peers and community members who connect with their neighbors, families, friends and communities to promote health and prevent disease. They focus on improving health outcomes by increasing access to and use of health care while promoting disease prevention, sexual literacy and behavior change to reduce risks. They also link individuals to OneWorld as a health care home and provide screenings and follow-up for heart disease, diabetes and obesity.
With the help of community partnerships, promotoras are always working to reach a wider audience. They reach out to various agencies like food pantries, schools and restaurants to see if they can visit to provide health screenings (blood pressure, glucose, BMI and more) and health education. Then, they set up at participating locations and invite passers-by to come in for screenings. They also conduct educational sessions in the community to help more community members learn how to educate their peers about the importance of screenings, prevention and healthy lifestyle choices. United Way of the Midlands and the State of Nebraska support OneWorld’s promotora program.
In order to help even more people access health care services, in 2018, the promotora team began facilitating a free, yearlong diabetes prevention program for residents of Douglas and Sarpy Counties. The National Alliance for Hispanic Health funds this program. Community members qualify for the program if they are between 19 and 64 years old and if they:
- Do not have a previous diagnosis of type 1 or type 2 diabetes
- Received a diagnosis of prediabetes within the past year
- Have a history of diabetes in your family
- Have a HbA1c level of 5.7% to 6.4%
- Have a fasting plasma glucose level of 100-125 mg/dL
- Have a 2-hour plasma glucose level (after a 75 gm glucose load) of 140-199 mg/dL
- Had a previous diagnosis of gestational diabetes (GDM)
In June, OneWorld’s promotora team will work with the National Alliance for Hispanic Health to present OneWorld’s third annual ¡Vive tu vida! Get Up! Get Moving!® event in Omaha. The event promotes Hispanic family physical activity and good nutrition for better health and wellness for people of all ages. The event will take place on June 1, 2019 in the northwest parking lot of OneWorld’s Livestock Exchange Building campus, and it will offer participants free health screenings, fitness activities, nutritious snacks and drinks, fun family activities and more. For more information about OneWorld’s 2019 ¡Vive tu vida! Get Up! Get Moving!® event, please visit our Facebook event page.
With the help of community partners, OneWorld’s promotora team works to advance health equity and reduce health disparities in Omaha and the surrounding communities. To learn more about the promotora team, contact Outreach Manager Vivian Garcia at (402) 502-8875.