In the Spring of 2010 Six Rivers Planned Parenthood (SRPP) saw an opportunity where we could partner with another nonprofit, LatinoNet. This opportunity came through a two year grant proposal submitted to the Tides Foundation and their Community Clinic Initiative by Six Rivers Planned Parenthood. SRPP felt this was a great way to not only assist LatinoNet, which is run by all volunteers who manage the grant, but also a unique opportunity to collaborate to achieve one of the goals of both of our organizations. This is to provide access to appropriate services that will make our community healthier and happier.
The Latino Community Providers' Network (LatinoNet) was created in 2000 as a community resource addressing the unique experiences of our Latino community. LatinoNet's mission is to improve the quality of life for Spanish-speaking families through networking, exchange of information, collaboration, education, and advocacy. LatinoNet has worked collaboratively with over 40 community partners and service providers to bring together resources that are responsive to the cultural and linguistic needs of Latino families. LatinoNet provides a forum for providers and community members to collaborate and support each other as they advocate for appropriate service provision to Latino families in Humboldt County.
Funding from this grant has supported many existing activities, such as the LatinoNet's annual Spanish-speaking health fair, Festejando Nuestra Salud, allowing us to reach hundreds of community members with free health screenings and information each year. It also helped make this year's Latino Leadership Awards a huge success by honoring over 30 Latino/a leaders and celebrating their contributions to our community. While the grant has helped support already existing activities and programs, it has also opened the doors to new opportunities for LatinoNet's Promotores subcommittee.
The collaborative work of the Promotores subcommittee that this grant has supported has genuinely improved the 12 organizations involved, including SRPP's ability to coordinate care and work together more effectively and efficiently. After meeting regularly, working together, traveling together, and planning together, each program is familiarized with the others. The bond that has been created through extensive work together has led to increased trust in the services that the other programs offer. The Promotores feel more comfortable in referring patients to other programs with the confidence that they will receive compassionate and high quality care. The capacity building and training that the Promotores have received and the support of so many other activities because of this grant directly translates to better service overall in our community.