Behavioral Health

Participatory Research Community (PRC) Community Advisory Board (CAB) 

The Acción Para La Salud / Action for Health is a University of Arizona, College of Public Health Participatory Research Community (PRC) project with the purpose of increasing the leadership and advocacy skills among promotoras, by providing training, technical skills and professional development.

With the help of 10 volunteer lay health educators (or promotores de salud) who participate in Farm Workers Justice Funds occupational health project the goal of this program is to: organize and facilitate a focus group of up to 6 farmworker community members for the purpose of assessing community need and knowledge about occupational health issues; organize and facilitate monthly meetings for the volunteer promotores de salud; assist Farm Workers Justice Fund in documenting the work of the volunteer promotores de salud by collecting contact reports on a monthly basis.

The objective is to engage farm workers and community leaders to advocate policy changes that will improve the health, social, educational and economic stability of their families. Additionally, to support efforts to develop the Organization’s internal capacity to continue engaging farm workers, parents, and youth to participate in advocating for system change that will benefit the health, well-being and economic prospects of their families.

The Abstinence Program promotes abstinence as a healthy choice and a positive lifestyle through implementation of programs designed to change the culture and individual behavior about out-of-wedlock sexual activity in adolescent girls in Yuma County.

The program objectives are:

  1. To implement programs for school aged children;
  2. To implement “talking to your child” programs to educate parents, grandparents, and/or other caregivers on teen pregnancy prevention through abstinence education and equip them to communicate with their children about the benefits of delaying sexual involvement;
  3. To reduce the incidence of out-of-wedlock pregnancies and births; and
  4. To involve the community in the development and implementation of programs and activities that promote and support the abstinence message;
  5. Engage youth ages 12-18 in service learning and build awareness about teen pregnancy prevention through a community theater project.

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The Primero La Familia (Family First) program is a three-pronged intervention designed to build both protective factors among youth and families through:

  1. Direct Intervention with parents and caregivers through delivery of the culturally responsive: Strengthening Multi-Ethnic Families and Communities with the use of an evidence based curriculum;
  2. Building community collaboration and institutionalization of prevention activities and strategies through Coalition Capacity Building; and
  3. Delivery of Prevention services directly to youth aged 12-18 through service learning and culturally responsive “Teatro” productions for delivery to the broader community regarding alcohol use implications and available resources.

The purpose of the DV program is to stop the use of violent or controlling behavior, words, gestures, or actions. The program is both in English and Spanish, and is designed to enable participants to reflect on the violent behavior which brought him/her to the attention of the court and its impact on his/her significant others.

The Ray of Hope curriculum was developed by Anderson & Anderson. The curriculum consists of critical information regarding interviewing skills, race, ethnicity, culture and gender issues that can make the difference between effective and ineffective treatment of this and other populations. In addition, it provides a framework for understanding the goals for domestic violence group participants to effectively move them from lives of abusive behavior to lives consisting of healthy forms of interaction and communication.

The process:

  • Participant is court ordered and referred to participate in our DV program
  • Participant contacts CSF and makes an initial contact with CSF staff
  • The participant is required to bring the referral and an identification
  • CSF staff schedules an appointment to conduct an assessment
  • Participant is placed on a waiting list for the next available group session
    For 26 weeks or otherwise indicated by the court, the participant attends hourly sessions once a week
  • Upon completion, the participant receives a certificate stating completion of the program

For more information please contact Martin Martinez at (928) 627-106

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