SAN ANTONIO (March 2, 2018) - The first cohort of 10 Promotoras de Salud (community healthcare workers) from Councilwoman Gonzales Child Abuse Reducationpilot program will receive their certificates of graduation in a ceremony at Alamo Colleges Westside Education and Training Center (WETC). The graduation is the culmination of a training program that equips community members with knowledge and methods to intervene and prevent child abuse.
“The 78207 zip code, in the heart of the city’s Westside, has the highest incidence of child abuse in the San Antonio metropolitan area. I believe the Promotora model is the best and most effective way to intervene, educate and stop this insidious plague in our community,” District 5 Councilwoman Shirley Gonzales said.
Promotoras de Salud are community members who share the cultural, economic and social characteristics of a target population. They provide in-home, culturally appropriate health education and services.
Promotoras serve as the cultural connection between hard to reach community members and healthcare organizations and agencies. They provide a direct bridge with population groups that are functionally excluded because of cultural or language barriers.
“This Promotora graduation is the beginning of the District 5 two-year pilot program that combines the work of the Family Services Association, the Alamo Colleges Westside Education and Training Center (WETC) and the UTSA College of Public Policy,” Gonzales said. “Child abuse in any form is unacceptable, it must be stopped,” she added.
The results and data gathered through the Promotora’s work will be shared with city, county and state officials as a way to address and enhance child abuse prevention.