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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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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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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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Battling the “Silent Death” in Bolivia

Battling the “Silent Death” in Bolivia

Obesity is a major problem in the world, in the city of Tarija more than 5% of the population suffers from it and it is on the rise, especially in children. Unfortunately, it is not a priority because people with chronic disease do not die immediately, but live a poor […]

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