Celebrating Financial Capability Efforts to Support Latino Financial Well-being

By Agatha So, Policy Analyst, Economic Policy Project, NCLR

Financial Capability Counseling gives Latino families the information and tools needed to improve credit, increase savings, and build wealth. Through participation in a financial capability program, Latino families can access a range of resources and learn how to use skill-building tools and financial products that will help them achieve their financial goals, such as homeownership.

For Affiliate partners of the NCLR Homeownership Network (NHN), building families’ financial capability has never been more important. Because of the financial crisis nearly a decade ago, millions of Latino families saw their savings disappear when they lost their homes to foreclosure. At the same time, a rise in unemployment among Latino workers made it harder for families to the get the assistance they needed to save their homes. Today, a generation of Latino families are still recovering and trying to repair the damage to their credit when they lost their homes. Rebuilding by understanding how to budget, save, and improve credit is critical to economic recovery and the ability for Latinos to become homeowners.

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The Power of Promotores de Salud


On Twitter, NCLR joined @SaludToday for a #SaludTues Tweetchat on the power of promotores, who increasingly play an important role in promoting community-based health education and services for Latinos. See highlights from yesterday’s lively chat.
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Promotores de Salud: Agents of Change for A Healthier Lifestyle

By Elizabeth Carrillo, MPH, Project Coordinator, Institute for Hispanic Health, NCLR

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November is National Diabetes Month, a time to bring attention to diabetes and how it affects nearly 30 million Americans. Latino adults are disproportionately affected by this disease, being nearly twice as likely as non-Latino White adults to be diagnosed. Many factors contribute to this disproportionate risk, including age, obesity, family history, and ethnicity.

Diabetes is a serious chronic disease that can lead to additional complications. The good news is that it’s manageable, and those who have better access to health care and community resources tend to be more likely to receive treatment. Adopting a healthier lifestyle is a key step to reducing one’s risk for developing diabetes. One way to better understand risk factors and learn about preventing or managing diabetes is by participating in culturally sensitive classes. They’re often free and led by peer facilitators or promotores de salud (community health workers).

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Highlighting Latino Community Outreach on Hunger and Nutrition

In recognition of Hunger Action Month and National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, NCLR invited a Comprando Rico y Sano community partner to share their experiences working with Latinos on ways to eat healthily and affordably, and helping eligible Latinos enroll in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). In 2015, 25 community organizations enrolled 26,557 Latinos in SNAP through this program. Our Affiliate Brighton Park Neighborhood Council won the 2016 NCLR Helen Rodríguez-Trías Award for their dedication and outstanding efforts to build a culture of health in their Latino community.

By Mariela Estrada, Director of Community Organizing, Brighton Park Neighborhood Council

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Brighton Park Neighborhood Council (BPNC) is a community-based nonprofit in Southwest Chicago. For three years, we have shared knowledge from NCLR’s Comprando Rico y Sano program that seeks to reduce hunger and instill healthy shopping and eating habits among Latinos.

After attending NCLR training, we train our promotoras de salud (community health workers) on the Comprando Rico y Sano curriculum. Our promotoras host small educational sessions—also known as charlas—at various sites in Chicago, including park districts, public libraries, and other community gathering places. They talk about good nutrition and resources to combat hunger, such as SNAP, which is especially helpful in low-income Latino communities. Since all of our promotoras live in the community, they have a strong connection to residents. Their messages have great impact because people look to them for motivation in learning how to make changes to their nutrition and lifestyles.

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What Are the Benefits of Eating Seasonal Fruits and Vegetables?

By Elizabeth Carrillo, MPH, Project Coordinator, NCLR Institute for Hispanic Health

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The air is warmer, the sky is bluer, and the sun is brighter and out longer. Indeed, summer is upon us. The season means more outdoor activities and gatherings with family and friends, more barbecues or cookouts, and more opportunities to soak in some vitamin D directly from the sun.

It also means an array of fruits and vegetables in the produce aisle of our local grocery store, farmers market, community garden, or perhaps, in our own backyard—and not just any array—an array of fresh fruits and vegetables. Consuming fruit and vegetables is great for our health, as they provide our bodies with essential vitamins and nutrients, and help lower our risk of certain cancers.

Yet, consuming fruit and vegetables at their peak harvest point, in their freshest state, well, the flavor is simply better.

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