PODER en SALUD is health equity in action!

PODER en SALUD (Power in Health) addresses the significant challenges and impacts of COVID-19 on Latino communities across the nation by supporting students and educators in utilizing service-learning to develop COVID-19 prevention messaging, tailored communications, and mobilize “Promotores/as” (health promoters) who deliver community mitigation strategies.
The application period for the 2022-23 school year is closed.

As of September 2021, COVID-19 was the #2 leading cause of death in the U. S. 77% of the U.S. has received at least one does of the vaccine while only 39% of Latinx individuals have been fully vaccinated. Latinx groups continue to have disproportionately higher hospitalization rates due to COVID-19. Latinx patients were >2.5 times more likely to test positive for COVID-19 and require a higher level of care at time of positivity. When compared to White patients, the infection rate for Latinx patients was >3 times higher, hospitalizations were >4 times higher, and death rates were twice as high. Disparities continue to exist among Latinx communities even when sociodemographic characteristics and underlying health conditions are controlled for.

PODER en SALUD is a national project of PROCEED, Inc., that is 100% supported under BBHLCC To Respond To COVID-19 which is supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under CDC/HHS as part of a financial assistance award totaling $2,300,000 with 100% funded by CDC/HHS. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement by, CDC/HHS, or the U.S. Government.