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Food Deserts and Their Impact on Community Health

Food Deserts and Their Impact on Community Health

More than 10 percent of all American households, or about 13.7 million, experience food insecurity. This means that 35 million Americans, and 5 million children, live in environments that lack healthy food that allows them to lead a healthy life.”Food deserts” are communities that do not have adequate access to healthy […]

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Elijah’s Healthy Smile

Elijah’s Healthy Smile

Elijah (8) and his sister Kira (6) participate in Native American Connections’ free daycare program for low-income residents. It was here that Esperança provided vital intervention – oral health education – that has the power to save the teeth and overall health of Elijah, Kira and their friends in the […]

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Rosa is Living A New Life… of Self-Sufficiency

Rosa is Living A New Life… of Self-Sufficiency

What can $100 do? Beat back a deadly disease …? Offer security after a loved one dies …? Set up a family business, to give a struggling widow a whole new way to live, to become self-sufficient …? At Esperança, we can do all this, and more, for just $100. […]

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Why Are Chronic Diseases More Prevalent Among Minorities?

Why Are Chronic Diseases More Prevalent Among Minorities?

Social justice must be all-encompassing. In June 2020, the life expectancy of whites was 78 years. For African Americans, it was 72. One major reason why is the prevalence of chronic disease among minority communities. Every BIPOC community faces racial disparities that play a role in the social determinants of health […]

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A Mother’s Relief, A Son Saved

A Mother’s Relief, A Son Saved

Two years ago, Cristina began to notice a change in her son Rodrigo’s behavior. It was hard to ignore the outbursts at home and his sudden alarming choices in local gang members as friends – Tarija, Bolivia where they live is notorious for.When COVID-19 hit and shut down her business, […]

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A Brigade of HOPE

A Brigade of HOPE

The Oskiwas Community in Nicaragua was one of the hardest hit by the civil war in the 1980s. As a result, Oskiwas is one of the poorest communities in its municipality and poverty has taken a huge toll on the health and wellbeing of the people.Working through local partners, Esperança’s […]

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Oral Health Reaches the Q’eros Children of Peru

Oral Health Reaches the Q’eros Children of Peru

At the stunning elevation of 14,500 ft. in the Andes mountains of Peru live the Q’eros people, often cited as the last living descendants of the Incas. Chased into the mountains by Spanish Conquistadors hundreds of years ago, their ancestors never returned, preferring to make these dizzying heights their permanent […]

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Food Security Doesn’t Always Equal Nutrition

Food Security Doesn’t Always Equal Nutrition

One in eight households in the United States is food insecure. That means that over 40 million people do not have access to enough food. Globally, there are over 2 billion people struggling with food security. Many of these individuals and families don’t access to enough food. But for some, the issue is not […]

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Esperança Launches Lifestyle Coaching Program

Esperança Launches Lifestyle Coaching Program

Esperança has long been a voice for health equity around Arizona, providing culturally appropriate preventative health education to Latino families around the state.In 2021, our team of community health educators launched the Lifestyle Coaching Program, 12 sessions over the course of 4 months designed for individuals who are at high […]

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Family Health and Fitness Day 2021

Family Health and Fitness Day 2021

Submitted by Alexia Vega, Community Health Educator
2020 showed us all that there is no better time to focus on your family’s health and wellbeing. The pandemic caused for gym closures, inactivity, overeating, and studies have also shown that it has negatively affected children’s mental health. On this Family Health

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