Calif. Campaign Aims To Help Latinos Access Health Services
A multifaceted campaign to bring health care services to more Latino residents in California was announced this week, the Sacramento Bee reports.
The comprehensive campaign was announced during an event hosted by Mexican Consul General Carlos Gonzalez Gutiérrez to highlight the success of Ventanillas de Salud, or Health Windows, which provides health care information and referrals to California residents, particularly Latinos. About 80% of Latino residents living in California are of Mexican descent, according to the Bee.
According to testimony during the event, Ventanillas de Salud has helped connect about 40,000 individuals in 24 Northern California counties to health care services.
Details of Campaign
During the event, Gonzalez Gutiérrez introduced a new family resource directory to help Latino residents find:
- County public health departments;
- Dental clinics;
- Food assistance;
- Legal resources; and
- Mental health clinics.
As part of the campaign, Cien Amigos -- a not-for-profit network of nearly 120 Latino community leaders -- also announced the launch of a health committee to "deal specially with Latino health issues." The committee will be led by Gonzalez Gutiérrez and Debra Oto-Kent, executive director of the Health Education Council (Craft, Sacramento Bee, 4/17).