Ohio Hispanic Coalition

Promotoras de Salud

The Ohio Hispanic Coalition founded the Promotoras de Salud program in 1997, when it was adapted from a program used in Arizona to engage Hispanic/Latino immigrants.  Promotoras de Salud are community health workers that not only speak the language of the community, but also come from the community.  Once trained by the Ohio Hispanic Coalition, they return to their community to educate and inform Limited English Proficient (LEP) people about health-related matters and to interpret between LEP patients and social service/health providers. 

Promotoras de Salud can be both clinic-based and community-based.  The clinic-based Promotoras work at health clinics throughout Columbus that provide services to low-income individuals.  The community-based Promotoras perform education and outreach directly in the community by visiting local businesses, churches, and schools. Some other responsibilities of the clinic-based Promotoras de Salud may include, but are not limited to, following up with patients, assist patients in understanding medication, treatments, and assist in the daily operations of the clinics by answering phones, calling patients, setting appointments, reviewing and/or filing medical charts if necessary.

Promotoras de Salud are distinct from Interpreters because of their ability to engage with the people that they are working with. Interpreters are restricted as language assistants who are to interpret all that said in the manner in which it was said, without adding, omitting or changing anything. Interpreters are, by the nature of the standards, neutral third parties, who cannot become familiar with patients, who must keep a professional distance and must never advise or educate the patient.  

Baby & Me - Tobacco Free

BABY & ME – Tobacco Free Program is a smoking cessation program created to reduce the burden of tobacco use on the pregnant and post-partum population. Women who quit smoking are less likely to have premature and low-birth weight babies. Maintaining smoking cessation after the baby is born extends the positive health outcomes for women and their families by reducing the damaging effects of secondhand smoke. This results in healthier mothers, healthier babies, and an outstanding return on investment (ROI). OHCO has recently partnered with this initiative and we now offer the program for pregnant women who desire to quit smoking. The local site arranges for the woman’s first appointment with a specialized counselor, known as a facilitator, who is trained by the BABY & ME – Tobacco Free Program.  At the first appointment, the woman receives information about the program and an initial intake session is held. Each participant receives at least four prenatal cessation-counseling sessions, support, and carbon monoxide (CO) monitoring, usually during a regular prenatal visit.

After the birth of the baby, the mother returns monthly to continue CO monitoring and, if proven to be smoke-free, receives a $25 monthly voucher for diapers for up to 6-12 months postpartum.  The mother may use her voucher for any brand or size of diapers at Walmart and/or local participating stores.