Empowering Health Ambassadors
Project FINE has been a long-standing partner. Between April and September of 2016, SHIP mini-grant funds supported the Health Promotion project in providing an avenue for refugees and immigrants to make long term health improvements and inspire others to lead healthier lives. The ‘promotora’ approach equips and empowers participants to become health ambassadors in their circles of influence by modeling and promoting healthy behavior.
SHIP grant funds were used to support the creation of a community health guide and the purchase of supplies for outreach activities. Participants selected and led the outreach, including home visits to share the health guide, having blood pressure and BMI checks during community events and meetings, organizing exercise classes and inviting the Winona Area Public Schools Nutrition Director to meet with parents and share information about healthy school food choices.
During the grant period, 55 individuals participated in project activities. 23 served as promotoras for activities in Winona and St. Charles, and 32 attended outreach events. 10 large group events were held and promotoras completed 20 outreach visits to their friends, family and peers.