Thanks to Froedtert West Bend Hospital’s Healthy Community Fund, Casa Guadalupe started the Latino Health Outreach Project (LHOP) in 2013. The main goal of this project is to help increase the knowledge of health literacy among the Spanish speaking residents of Washington County, and help improve their overall quality of life and wellbeing.
Since 2016, thanks to funding secured through Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin, we were able to hire a Community Health Navigator and expand to start our ” Healthy Latinos, Healthy Futures” initiatives, were the principal goal is to empower Spanish Speaking families in Washington County to make healthier lifestyle choices through nutrition, physical activity, mental wellness, and prevention and management of chronic health conditions. As the health and wellness needs of the Spanish speaking community grew over the years, we expanded our staffing to include a Bilingual Resource Advocate and a Community Health Educator.
Our goal is that Latinos will learn effective diet management and chronic illness prevention which helps to achieve Wisconsin’s high rankings of healthiness, and helps to reduce Emergency Department visits and hospitalization.
Casa Guadalupe is working with many local health care agencies and community partners to make these projects a success, including Froedtert West Bend Hospital, Albrecht Free Clinic, Lakeshore Community Health Clinic, American Heart Association, Advocate Aurora, Midland Health, Washington Ozaukee Public Health Department, Well Washington County Coalition, Extension Washington County, Blue Stone Counseling, Catholic Charities, Salud First, Prevent Blindness Wisconsin, Milwaukee Area Health Education Center, Friends, Inc., Kettle Moraine YMCA, Wisconsin Well Woman Program, Hartford Recreation Department, the Wisconsin Institute for Healthy Aging.