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 healthcare providers and community members serve Spanish-speaking Volunteers in Medicine (VIM) patients who face language and cultural barriers. Services include elgibility 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 collaborately with the local promotoras to provide health promotion, education, and information events for the Hispanic/Lation population in Bartholomew County. Promotoras serve St. Bartholomew Catholoic Parish, Volunteers in Medicine, and Enkei.