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Promotores de Salud Initiative from HHS

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has recently announced an initiative to promote utilization of promotores de salud as a means of strengthening outreach and education on the availability of health services and insurance coverage to underserved Hispanic/Latino communities.

Promotores, who are sometimes known as community health workers, peer leaders, patient navigators or health advocates, typically work in their own communities to convey information to their neighbors and other community members on health and wellness, the availability of support services and access to health services. Promotores have become increasingly active in U.S. Hispanic/Latino communities for the past 50 years and for longer in some Latin American countries.

Detailed information can be found from the Office of Minority Health website at: http://minorityhealth.hhs.gov/templates/browse.aspx?lvl=2&lvlID=207 .

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