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October: Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October: Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Submitted by: Jazmin Hernandez, Community Health Educator Lead Trainer Pink is abundant every October, but why do we promote this color when this month arrives? And why do global organizations with as much influence as the NFL, television networks and mass media join this campaign year after year? Very simply, […]

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The Social Determinants of Health Impacting HIV/AIDS in Mozambique

The Social Determinants of Health Impacting HIV/AIDS in Mozambique

Submitted by Eduarda Cipriano, Executive Director, NGUNI (Esperança’s indigenous partner in Mozambique)  The Social Determinants of Health Impacting HIV/AIDS in Mozambique For most people in western countries, HIV and AIDS are a scary story of the past that were once rampant amongst gay, poor, and black people, mostly. For the […]

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Spreading Healthy Smiles in Bolivia

Spreading Healthy Smiles in Bolivia

Isolation isn’t beneficial to anyone’s health, much less our children’s. When the coronavirus caused much of the world to shelter in place, Bolivia was no exception. That meant for most, regular doctor appointments and healthy eating took a backseat – Emily’s family included. “I failed to address Emily’s dental health […]

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Introducing “I Choose Wellness”

Introducing “I Choose Wellness”

Submitted by: Alejandra Ruiz, MPH, Youth Program Manager Greetings From Esperança’s Youth Program Manager My name is Alejandra Ruiz and I am excited to join the Esperança team leading our youth-focused health programs, I Choose Wellness and Learning with a Smile. I am passionate about creating relationships to bring forth […]

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National Toothache Day | February 9

National Toothache Day | February 9

Submitted by Luis Placencia, Marketing Associate As a child, the dentist was always my arch-nemesis, particularly when it came to treating my toothaches. Four molar extractions and wisdom teeth later, I can’t stop flossing even the tiniest specks off my teeth, which is understandable given the value of our teeth. They […]

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A 7 Year Battle with Diabetes Finds a Happy Ending

A 7 Year Battle with Diabetes Finds a Happy Ending

In March of 2021 Lorena was at the end of her rope… for 7 years she had lived with diabetes, but speaking limited English had received no support as to how to manage her condition. She gained weight, felt fatigued and was at the mercy of her fluctuating blood sugar […]

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Health Education: Getting this Father Back on His Feet

Health Education: Getting this Father Back on His Feet

Jose, or “J.B.” as he is known to family and friends, is a janitor for a building in Tarija, Bolivia. With a friendly demeanor and outlook on life, he is beloved by the entire community. Unfortunately, like many in Tarija, J.B. was threatened by inter-generational poor health. “For my work, […]

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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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