Human Services

Latino Center for Prevention & Action in Health & Welfare

  • Santa Ana, CA
  • www.LatinoHealthAccess.org

Mission Statement

Latino Health Access (LHA) assists in improving the quality of life and health of uninsured, under-served people through quality preventive services and educational programs, emphasizing full participation in decisions affecting health.

Main Programs

  1. Children and Youth Initiative
  2. Healthy Weight/Peso Saludable
  3. Diabetes Self Management
  4. Mental Health
Service Areas

Self-reported

California

Most LHA participants reside in: - Santa Ana, Anaheim, Tustin, Orange of Orange County, CA, but LHA serves all of Orange County residents.- Indio city in Riverside County, CA

ruling year

1993

Principal Officer since 1993

Self-reported

America Bracho

Keywords

Self-reported

Latino, public health, prevention, education, community participation

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Also Known As

Latino Health Access

EIN

33-0562943

 Number

5242161681

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Family Services (P40)

Community Health Systems (E21)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

Self-reported by organization

In 2013, following a 10-year initiative, the building of LHA's Greenheart Families Park and Community Center came to fruition and was opened to the public. This center provides Santa Ana communities a place to gather and engage in activities that promote health and community participation. After the grand opening, LHA utilized the Park and Community Center as the mid-point of a circuit route of an initiative called the ""Wellness Corridor."" The Wellness Corridor promotes healthier living by using non-traditional open spaces to create accessible urban fitness walking and biking routes. The Wellness Corridor kick-off event was held in November, 2013 and was a big success thanks to many stakeholders such as small businesses and local government, LHA staff, volunteers, and community members' engagement and participation, helping to create neighborly relationships. LHA continues to strengthen community relationships and build new ones through efforts like these. At the end of 2013, LHA was offered a donation from local stakeholders of building renovations to LHA's newly owned headquarters. Partnerships like these enable LHA and the community to make an impact on public health. LHA has built successful programs in two areas: 1) health education and promotion, and 2) civic engagement in local, state, and national advocacy campaigns. This year, our goal is to bridge these areas that will propel individuals and families forward while addressing immediate needs. We aim to change our organizational structure and break down programmatic silos by re-shaping internal boundaries to improve coordination among programs to maximize effectiveness. Ultimately, we aim to increase organizational synergy to maximize our impact by strengthening programmatic capacity that will lead to more civically engaged families. To support these efforts, LHA will focus on obtaining core support funding to ensure financial security for the implementation, and enhancement, of LHA programs and services.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Children and Youth Initiative

The overall program objectives are to: 1) Improve the health of enrolled children and youth, and their families, through culturally and linguistically appropriate education and activities promoting nutrition, physical activity, how to access affordable healthcare, and other health topics; 2) Significantly increase the social, leadership and academic skills of enrolled children and youth through projects and activities in the areas of civic engagement, communication, public speaking, and math and reading; and 3) Improve the health of families by training children and youth to effectively diffuse information on nutrition, physical activity, how to access affordable healthcare, and other health topics.

Category

Human Services, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Budget

$208,930.00

Program 2

Healthy Weight/Peso Saludable

The Healthy Weight, or Peso Saludable, program provides the nutritional education and tools for families with children 6-13 years old to make necessary lifestyle changes in order to prevent the onset of obesity and chronic diseases. This program includes: 1) Eight-week, three hours sessions including physical activity, 2) At least 1 on-on-one session with a community health worker, or Promotor, and 3) At least two follow-up face-to-face home visits within three to six months after graduation.

Category

Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$189,307.00

Program 3

Diabetes Self Management

The Latino Health Access (LHA) Diabetes Self-Management Program (DSM) is a 12-week, award-winning educational program that helps low-income uninsured Latinos achieve significant improvements in their Hemoglobin A1c, cholesterol, and blood pressure levels.The program consists of peer led education sessions, combined with access to health care specialty services and resources to assist participants with the management or prevention of the disease. The educational sessions encourage active participation through examples, role-playing, hands on food demonstrations, and exercise classes. The healthcare specialty services consist of a consultation with a Registered Dietician, a comprehensive eye exam, and a foot exam. The program focuses on two critical areas of need that aid in long-term diabetes self-management: 1) Extra care for participants having difficulty in achieving results in HgA1c levels, and 2) Follow-up HgA1c, blood pressure, and cholesterol screenings for DSM graduates.

Category

Diseases, Disorders & Medical Disciplines, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Adults

Hispanics

Budget

$383,210.00

Program 4

Mental Health

LHA's Live Well, or Vivir Bien, program improves linguistic and cultural access to mental health services in the community and focuses on mental health wellness for participants and their families. This program works towards reducing risk factors and building protective factors using prevention and early intervention strategies. Community health workers, or Promotores de Salud, in the Vivir Bien program offer services including (1) individual interventions and one-on-one support sessions, (2) personalized systems navigation for referrals and linkages to resources, (3) educational and skills training classes, (4) parent education workshops, (5) support groups, (6) transportation support to access LHA services, and (7) follow-up.

Category

Mental Health, Substance Abuse Programs, General/other

Population(s) Served

Adults

Hispanics

Other Named Groups

Budget

$810,400.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

California

Most LHA participants reside in: - Santa Ana, Anaheim, Tustin, Orange of Orange County, CA, but LHA serves all of Orange County residents.- Indio city in Riverside County, CA

Funding Needs

LHA's Top 5 most pressing needs:1) Core Support -- $200,000 - Fund development, Administrative staff, Grant writer, etc.2) LHA Park and Community Center maintenance and staff -- $125,000 - Maintenance of park grounds and community center building - Increase staff capacity to offer program services at this location3) Children's Initiative Program -- $169,000 - Funding needed to continue offering Children's Initiative services to local communities to promote leadership, health, and civic participation of Orange County youth and families. 4) IT support, Computers, and Servers -- $50,000 - Update and replace LHA staff and program computers and servers - Server maintenance and protection 5) General Office and Building Supplies -- $100,00 per year

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LATINO HEALTH ACCESS
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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Latino Center for Prevention & Action in Health & Welfare

Leadership

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Principal Officer

America Bracho

BIO

América Bracho, LHA's CEO and President, worked as a rural medical doctor in her native home of Venezuela. In the United States, she attended the School of Public Health in Ann Arbor, MI, earning a Master of Public Health degree. Latino Health Access (LHA) was founded by América Bracho in 1993. She drew from her experience working with Community Health Workers as a medical doctor in rural Venezuela to establish the Promotores de Salud, or Community Health Worker, model as the driving force for the organization.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Modesto Diaz Esq.

Leviton, Diaz & Ginocchio, Inc.

Term: Feb 2012 -

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