Promotor Health Education Program
Chronic health conditions greatly affect minorities or those with lower socioeconomic status and most are unaware of their risks. San Juan Basin Public Health’s Promotors are bilingual health educators and advocates focusing on the prevention and early detection of cardiovascular disease, in particular, for individuals who may experience language as a barrier to care.
With funding from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s Office of Health Equity, the Promotor Program staffs three full-time Promotors to serve the Spanish-speaking and other underserved populations, allowing significant health disparities to be addressed in Archuleta and La Plata counties.
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Program Manager | 970 335 2062
Archuleta County | 970 264 2409 x214
La Plata County | 970 335 2076
One in four Americans is living with diabetes but hasn’t been diagnosed. Have you had a recent screening? The Promotor Program provides free blood sugar screenings to help you determine if you’re at risk for diabetes. Our bilingual staff can also coach you in healthy lifestyle changes, like exercise and nutrition, to reduce your risk.
With each health screening, community members that may have not had access to care are able to learn more about their current health status and in their first language. Screenings also include cholesterol and blood pressure tests.
Upcoming Screening Events
- Durango Public Library | Nov. 17, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
- Ignacio Senior Center | Nov. 29, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
- Durango Senior Center | Nov. 28, 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.
- San Juan Basin Pubic Health Walk-In Screening | Nov. 15, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
- Pagosa Springs Senior Center | Nov. 17, 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
- Pagosa Springs Library | Nov. 28, 12 – 3 p.m.
- Loaves and Fishes Lunch (Lewis Street, Pagosa Springs) | Nov. 30, 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
- San Juan Basin Public Health Walk-In Screening | Nov. 8, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
- Tara Community Center, Arboles | Dec. 7, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Underserved individuals can schedule personalized health education appointments to access healthcare options that may not otherwise be available. Promotors focus on the prevention and early detection of cardiovascular disease. Each health counseling sessions includes:
- Weight loss strategies
- Healthy eating tips
- Diabetes education
- Blood pressure screening
Health equity refers to disparities in health and healthcare that are systemic and avoidable. SJBPH’s Promotor Program addresses these disparities for individuals who experience language as a barrier to care, health insurance, and healthcare providers. Promotors also provide cultural competency training to local providers and organizations, so they are able to work more effectively in cross-cultural situations. Achieving health equity means that everyone is equally able to achieve their best health. Promotors help individuals navigate inaccessible healthcare systems through:
- Insurance and Health First Colorado (Medicaid) education
- Finding healthcare providers
- Translation and interpretation support
- Low socioeconomic clients
- Indigenous populations
- LGBT community members
- The elderly
- People with disabilities
- Anyone who may experience barriers to achieving their best health