To create a safe environment that includes removing language and cultural barriers so that every Bartholomew County resident is known and cared for by a primary healthcare provider, has access to health education and self-care, and is assisted to integrate into the health community.
The Proyecto Salud team was charted to remove language and cultural barriers to accessing healthcare services as well as to anticipate the needs for disease prevention and health promotion that new residents could not provide for themselves. Finding appropriate healthcare can be a problem for anyone new to a community. Additional barriers such as language and cultural differences can make accessing services more difficult.
Monday Night Bilingual Clinic
On Monday nights, Proyecto Salud bilingual volunteer healthcare providers and community members server Spanish-speaking Volunteer in Medicine (VIM) patients who face language and cultural barriers. Services include eligibility screening to be a patient at VIM, acute and chronic care, annual physicals and medication assistance.
To encourage a sense of ownership for preventative health education from within the neighborhoods and to provide training and relevant health information, a promotora program, Salud para Todos, was launched in early 2007. Promotoras, "health promoters", are trained community health workers who are internal leaders within their cultural communities. Proyecto Salud is currently working collaboratively with the local promotoras to provide health promotion, education, and information events for the Hispanic/Latino population in Bartholomew County. Promotoras serve St. Bartholomew Catholic Parish, Volunteers in Medicine, and Enkei.