Community volunteers serve as a resource to improve health care access

A group of local Latinx women called promotoras is helping others of Latin American cultural or racial identity to schedule doctor’s appointments, access health care resources and get referrals for social services.

Since 2017, a University of Georgia research team has been training promotoras to help the local Latinx community navigate the complex health care system. Volunteers from the community are an important link between health care providers, social services and the public.

And the effectiveness of such community-driven efforts is catching the attention of state health officials.

This is part of a series of briefs covering the 2019 State of the Public’s Health conference at the University of Georgia. Crysta Jones is a graduate student in the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. Please click here to read the full post.