Wellness is an integral part of maintaining social, physical and mental well-being. The Promotora program is integral to community outreach, engagement, empowerment and health education. Our Medical-Legal Partnership, and Behavioral Health services aim to provide the community with evidence based approaches to empowerment and social issues. The Art and Culture and Puentes Yoga initiatives support fitness and mindfulness through yoga, dance, and cultural exploration and revitalization through various forms of art.

Promotora Program

Since 2007, Puentes de Salud has been cultivating and supporting a dedicated group of community members who serve as community health workers, or promotoras, in South Philadelphia. The program began in an effort to increase Puentes de Salud’s reach into the community and to tackle important health issues outside the clinic where individuals need direct support with lifestyle decisions. The promotoras address a wide range of issues in the service of their community, including diabetes prevention, cervical cancer prevention, prenatal care, obesity, and nutrition. They lead workshops, provide individual counseling and patient navigation, and participate in research. The Promotora Program exemplifies the mission and dedication of the staff and volunteers at Puentes de Salud. Read the article that appeared in The Philadelphia Inquirer profiling their work.

Diabetes Prevention Program

Group classes provided by Puentes de Salud Promotoras include the DPP Group Lifestyle Balance™ (GLB) Program. This comprehensive lifestyle behavior change program was adapted from the National Institutes of Health funded Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP), a successful lifestyle intervention intended to prevent the progression to diabetes among participants with a diagnosis of prediabetes. The DPP Group Lifestyle Balance™ program is an approved curriculum for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Diabetes Prevention Recognition Program, an award Puentes de Salud received in August of 2015.

Healthy Heart Program – Pasos Adelante

Pasos Adelante for the prevention of diabetes and cardiovascular disease in Latinx populations – focus on physical activity and nutrition promotion. Pasos Adelante goal is to reduce chronic disease risk factors among participants. Puentes de Salud Promotoras use an adaptation of the Pasos Adelante/Steps Forward curriculum, an expansion of the National Institutes of Health curriculum, Su Corazón, Su Vida. In this program, walking groups engage participants in a coordinated effort to increase physical activity through social support. Pasos Adelante evaluation results demonstrate a significant increase in moderate to vigorous walking among participants and shifts in nutritional patterns.

Caminata Para Una Buena Salud

In it’s third bi-annual event, Caminata Para Una Buena Salud (Walk for Good Health) is a three mile walk in South Philadelphia that aims to build community awareness of the health benefits of walking and healthy eating. The walk was established in 2014 by one of our Promotoras de Salud in response to community interest in healthy living and community engagement. Stay tuned for the 2018 Caminata!

Program Director: Dr. Sara Shuman

Contact: Email: promotoras@puentesdesalud.org |  Phone: (484) 800-1285

Medical-Legal Partnership

Puentes de Salud and Friends of Farmworkers have joined forces to address the community’s needs in a holistic, effective and comprehensive manner. On-site attorneys efficiently and effectively address the most critical issues families face, allowing them to more readily access the tools they need lead stable and healthy lives.

This partnership elevates Puentes de Salud’s foundational principle that community health is not the sole domain of health care providers; instead, health and wellness require a collaborative, multidisciplinary effort that addresses the living and working conditions that influence individuals’ vulnerability to health problems. The partnership also complements Friends of Farmworker’s mission to provide civil legal services to low-income workers and immigrant clients. This partnership moves beyond the current systems of referrals by proactively collaborating in a single location to cross-train medical, legal, and interdisciplinary teams; and to identify and serve community members in need of multiple interventions, eliminating the barriers that currently prevent our clients from resolving even simple problems that touch on multiple disciplines.

By walk in on Mondays 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., and Wednesdays, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Behavioral Health

Behavioral health at Puentes de Salud works alongside our medical clinic, Promotora program volunteer psychologists, psychiatrists, and Medical-legal partners to coordinate holistic care for patients and clients. An on-site behavioral health consultant (BHC) performs brief counseling interventions to improve our patients’ wellness and to address the burden of trauma, depression, anxiety, life stressors, domestic violence, and alcohol abuse experienced by our patients

Additionally, we have developed a program targeting our patients who require “complex care.” These are patients who have end-stage disease or require frequent medical referrals or procedures to manage their illness. Many of these patients also have complex social needs underlying their complicated medical issues. Our behavioral health consultant works with these patients longitudinally to provide support, in addition to addressing any mental health issues that may be complicating their medical problems.

By appointment on Mondays 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Wednesdays, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Charla Program

This program features weekly discussions, or charlas, on a wide range of topics, led by volunteers in the clinic waiting room. The charlas are intended to educate community members about health-related topics such as diabetes prevention, hypertension, and bone health. The program also covers topics that are not specifically focused on medical issues, but that play an important role in community health, such as immigrants’ rights, bike safety, sun protection and food stamp eligibility. Representatives of partnering organizations help present many of the nonmedical discussions, and refer Puentes de Salud’s patients to the services they provide.

Art and Culture

In collaboration with Puentes, Mexican artist Nora H. Litz aims to empower and revitalize the Mexican community through the artistic exploration of immigration and social justice in the United States and Mexico. Children, adolescents, and adults use mixed media to recount their own personal stories. They learn to use different materials and techniques, including fabric, paper, drawing, painting, pasting, printing, beadwork, stitching, weaving, poetry, song writing. In this way, together, a multi-media project recapitulates, in a microcosm of artistic expression, the fundamentals of world geography and history. Art contributes to the holistic mission of Puentes by promoting healing through expression and storytelling. 

Advanced registration required. Clases offered on Wednesdays 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Contact: Call: (267) 714-8048  |  Email: art@puentesdesalud.org