|We operate many vial programs, participate in coalitions, and hold several special events throughout the
year. The following is a partial listing.
Our health programs are focused on healthy lifestyles, disease prevention and management. We also
look to the future by collaborating on research projects.
Promotores de Salud (Health Promoters)
The community health promoters program is one of the central and
distinctive programs at CCJD. In this program local residents are
trained by the Chicago Department of Public Health, the Red Cross,
Michael Reese, UIC, Mujeres Latinas en Accion, Chicago Family
Health Center, the American Lung Association, and many others to
understand the health problems prevalent in South Chicago, such as
diabetes, HIV/AIDS, asthma, prenatal care, breast cancer and more.
They then take this information, implement it in their own lives and
share it by giving presentations in the community.
Una Visita Cuenta (A Visit Counts)
Health Promoters who complete their certifications can then become
part of the Una Visita Cuenta program. They make appointments
and visit fellow residents at their homes and share their knowledge
through presentations and informal conversation. This program has
been succeeding though out the years in bringing the community
health promoter model to our urban setting. These visits keep us in
touch with the community and help us to proactively identify many
This program promotes HIV/AIDS prevention specifically targeted
at Hispanic women, young adults, and the
Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Trans-gendered community. We work
specifically at breaking he cultural barriers to effective HIV/AIDS
education and prevention.
We offer classes for those at risk for Type II Diabetes, as well as
blood glucose testing and body at percentage testing. This disease
is very prevalent in the Latino community.