Community Health Education

(c) Favianna Rodriguez, 2004

The Community Health Education Department at TVHC is committed to empowering the communities we serve by providing useful health information and increasing awareness of important social issues through peer-to-peer communication and support. By listening with respect to the specific needs of our community members, we also serve as ambassadors to build and sustain community partnerships and to promote healthier lifestyles and positive social change.

Our staff is comprised of health educators, community health outreach workers, and trained peer educators (Promotores de Salud). Our health education staff and promotoras reach out to the community through presentations in homes, schools and community centers. They also hold workshops, attend health fairs, and reach out to community members in places like supermarkets and laundromats.

Through our efforts, we foster community coalitions and networks and strengthen the health literacy of individuals and, by extension, their families and friends. Some of our programs include:

  • Immunizations for children
  • Healthy Aging
  • Chronic Disease Education & Prevention
  • Promotores de Salud (6 week training program)
  • Vida Con Esperanza (A Spanish-speaking breast cancer psychosocial support group)
  • Ventanillas de Salud (in concert with the Mexican Consulate in San Francisco, a program that provides health information and resources to undocumented individuals)
  • Free Zumba classes

Check out the CHE calendar for upcoming events, workshops and classes. To learn more about becoming a promotora volunteer, visit our Volunteers page, or contact Carlos Londono, Director of Health Education at clondono@tvhc.org.