YAKIMA, WA – Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and North Idaho (PPGWNI) is pleased to announce that it has been named a recipient of a $10,000 National Chlamydia Coalition (NCC) mini-grant. PPGWNI was one of ten organizations selected from a very competitive pool of sixty-three applications from across the United States. Partnership for Prevention is awarding the grant.
In early 2009, PPGWNI received a grant from the Yakima Valley Community Foundation to establish the Promotoras de Salud program. Promotoras de Salud or “promoters of health” are peer health educators who are trained to be ambassadors of reproductive health within their communities. Promotoras have a natural ability to deliver information concerning reproductive health issues in a culturally sensitive manner. The material is conveyed in a number of ways: house parties, health fairs, door-to-door canvassing, one-on-one meetings, Spanish-language radio interviews and referrals for services by word of mouth.
“Yakima County has the highest rate of Chlamydia in Washington State, and this rate has steadily increased over the past few years,” said Amy Claussen, Vice President of Education and Professional Training for PPGWNI. “Our Promotoras are uniquely positioned to increase outreach to their own communities by providing culturally appropriate information to women and men whose primary, and sometimes only, language is Spanish.”
Using funds provided by Partnership for Prevention, Promotoras de Salud, will implement an educational campaign to increase outreach to vulnerable populations using culturally appropriate literature and strategies. The ultimate goal is to encourage people to take the most important first step of getting tested for Chlamydia.
PPGWNI is currently seeking applicants for the 2010 Promotora de Salud program. There is an informational meeting on March 18 at 5:30 pm at the Yakima health center. Please RSVP to Amy Claussen at 1-866-904-7721.
PPGWNI is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization with health centers located in Ellensburg, Kennewick, Pullman, Spokane, Spokane Valley, Sunnyside, Walla Walla and Yakima as well as express health centers in Cle Elum Colfax and Wapato. PPGWNI exists to assure that all people are empowered to make reproductive health choices and have access to the quality healthcare and sexuality education services required to exercise those choices. Call 1-866-904-7721 or visit www.ppgwni.org for more information.
Partnership for Prevention is a national non-profit organization that promotes evidenced-based disease prevention and health promotion. Partnership ,manages the National Chlamydia Coalition (NCC) whict was established in 2008, to address the high burden of Chlamydia infection, especially among women age 24 and under. The NCC strives to attain the overarching mission of reducing the rates of Chlamydia and its harmful effects among sexually active adolescents and young adults. For more information visit www.prevent.org/NCC.