Community Foundation supports Latina Mujer de Mujer project
WILLIMANTIC, CT, April 2, 2009 — The Community Foundation of the Tri-County Area Women & Girls Fund has granted $2,500 to Windham Hospital for a collaborative project that provides outreach, support and health education to Latina women in their homes. The Mujer de Mujer Program was originated by Eastern Area Health Education Centers and was originally funded by the March of Dimes. Today, Windham Hospital is joining with Eastern CT AHEC to empower Latina women to be healthcare advocates for themselves and their families.
“Providing access to healthcare for underserved populations and helping women decision makers to improve the health of their families is an important goal and we are happy to partner with Eastern CT AHEC and the Community Foundation on this innovative program,” commented Dick Brvenik, President and CEO, Windham Hospital.
A total of 80-100 women will participate in home health parties and health classes through the Mujer de Mujer program and will learn about preventative health care and access to local services over the course of one year. Topics such as nutrition, management of childhood obesity, diabetes, hypertension, depression, domestic violence and substance abuse will be discussed building upon the resources of Windham Hospital and other area providers. Women who are interested in participating in the program should contact Kate Starkey, Outreach Educator, at 456-6896. For more information about Windham Hospital services, visit www.windhamhospital.org.