Puentes Project

The objectives of the Puentes (Bridges) Project were to:

1) Empower grassroots Latino leaders or “Community Ambassadors” with the necessary skills to educate their peers, facilitate access to resources, and bring ideas for change from their communities to health service providers and decision-makers.

A team of 30 Latino Community Ambassadors were trained in vital maternal and child health information, leadership and communication skills, English language skills, adult teaching methods, and navigation of resources and health services.

Each Ambassador facilitated neighborhood meetings, during which they shared crucial maternal and child health information in a culturally acceptable format designed by them. They listened to community members as they shared their experiences, needs and concerns, and helped others navigate and gain access to health resources.

2) Provide more capacity to local health care providers and policy-makers so they can effectively respond to the maternal and child health care needs of the growing Latino community.

3) Facilitate and sustain improvements both in the Latino community and in local maternal and child health services sustained as a result of bridges constructed through the Puentes Project.
The Puentes Project was part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Local Funding Partnerships initiative and was also funded by a team of local funding partners, including: the New Morning Foundation, the Sisters of Charity Foundation, the Knight Foundation Advised Fund of Central Carolina Community Foundation, Palmetto Health, Providence Hospitals and Lexington Medical Center.

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