BHHS Legacy Foundation Grants $30,000 to Esperança

PHOENIX, Ariz. (July 10, 2011)…BHHS Legacy Foundation has awarded grant funding in the amount of $30,000 to Esperança for Health Education Programs.  The monies granted will go towards health-related preventative education programs, including oral health, nutrition and physical activity to underserved families who attend the Legacy Foundation Chris-Town YMCA programs or live nearby.

Esperança has been providing preventive health education services to families in the Phoenix community for 14 years and this grant will allow them to expand the program to another service area within Metropolitan Phoenix.

The funding provided by BHHS Legacy Foundation will allow Esperanca to provide education on topics such as: diabetes, hypertension, asthma, heart disease, fever, diarrhea, skin problems, ear infections and cough vs. flu.  Programming will be delivered in English and Spanish over the next two years, with a goal of improving community health for people without regular access to the health care system.

“We’re currently in the process of surveying the community to find out what their health needs are,” said Tom Egan, president and CEO of Esperança.  “Then, we will customize our program to fit their needs and interest.  We expect participants to improve their knowledge and incorporate what they have learned into their daily lives.  We’re extremely appreciative of the BHHS Legacy Foundation for their generous support.”

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