Making a difference in the Hispanic Community

By Guest Columnist: Lucy Bernall 
Lay Health Educator with the Coalition of Hispanic Women Against Cancer

The Coalition of Hispanic Women Against Cancer has implemented a Lay Health Educator Program for the Hispanic community in Greater Kansas City. The program serves uninsured/under-served women, primarily Latinas in Wyandotte, Johnson and Jackson Counties. The program curriculum is in place to increase awareness and knowledge among Latinos about breast cancer, risk reduction, early detection and available community resources. The program trains community members to be lay health educators who then present the programming to the community. Hear from Lucy as she shares her experience as an educator:

“Our program! “

“This is how I can describe it by starting with the possessive “Our”.  As a volunteer/lay educator, I have seen the importance of sharing our knowledge to other ladies, who by some many taboos from our Hispanic society, haven’t learned the importance of taking care of themselves or haven’t really learned how to take care of their body. Our program provides knowledge to these ladies; they recognize the value of caring for what they are as women, mothers, sisters, or  wives; a value that gives them the feeling of being healthy and loved, something they can give to their families as better persons. We talk about health, but at the end, those groups of ladies become friends with a desire to help other ladies or even with the desire to become lay educators to reach more
Hispanic women in this country. 
Actions speak louder than words,
but I should say, sparkling and happy faces 
speak louder than anything else!”

New LHEs

Lay Health Educators from the Coalition for Hispanic Women Against Cancer

The Coalition for Hispanic Women Against Cancer has also started a Spanish-Speaking breast cancer support group. Lucy goes on to talk what this support group means to the Hispanic community:

“This is just the beginning of a great path that will give the opportunity to many Hispanic Ladies to express and to share their fears about their health, and sometimes their insecurity of being in a different place far from home when going through a tough situation. Having the opportunity to share what they feel without being judge, speaking from their bottom of their hearts in their own language, or just knowing that there are more ladies who can help them just by listening or by giving them a hug, it is priceless! Our Hispanic community is growing and growing, and we need to be a support for them, no matter what, just because they are women like us.”

The support group meets on the fourth Thursday of every month at the following location:

1333 South 27th Street / Kansas City, KS 66106
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

The support group is in Spanish and is free. For more information see:
Coalition of Hispanic Women Against Cancer Monthly Support Group

Susan G. Komen Greater Kansas City is proud to partner with the
Coalition of Hispanic Women Against Cancer.

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