Nuestra Comunidad Sana, or “Our Healthy Community,” provides services to the Columbia Gorge Latino community.
Our mission is to develop leadership and share information to promote the well-being of Columbia Gorge Latino adults, teens and children using our healthy traditions and values and the best of our cultures.
Hortaliza e Invernadero Comunitario Raíces/Roots Community Farm
Roots, or “Raíces” in Spanish, offers classes and mentoring for organic gardening, small business development, and family nutrition. Participants learn to grow their own food using organic methods through collaboration with Oregon State University Master Gardeners and other experts in the field. Benefits of the program include lower food bills, better nutrition, healthy activity, and greater connection to the community. Also, members have the opportunity to learn about marketing, sales, budgeting and other business skills by selling produce as the local farmers’ market. Email Jody O’Connor at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
Mid Columbia Health Equity Advocates helps Latino community members learn to address community concerns including wellness, recreation, mental health and education issues. This program results in higher participation in County Planning Commission, School Board and Hospital Board meetings. By building on the strengths and natural leadership of local Latinos, these projects improve their quality of life.
Health promotion programs like Pasos a Salud/Steps to Wellness offer support groups, outreach and education about diabetes and obesity. We also help people in a variety of ways with their health care needs.
Promoviendo Prosperidad/Promoting Prosperity provides business start up and development services to Latino business owners and entrepreneurs.
Cover Oregon Assistance helps local low income workers and the general public understand and apply for health insurance.
Raices Digital Storytelling Workshop
Young Latinos tell their stories…
Latino teenagers from Hood River, Mosier, Odell, and Parkdale participated in a week-long digital storytelling workshop. They learned to share the experience of being from both the United States and Mexico, of being drawn to both cultures, and sometimes being excluded by both cultures.
Participants learned to write a script, process photos, record their own narration, and put together a final product. See some of their short stories here:
Yesi tells a story about her dad; how hard he has worked and how much he sacrificed so her family could have what they need. (6 min. 13 sec.)
Rocio explains how fruit gets from the tree to your table, and how migrant workers, even undocumented ones, are essential to the success of farmers. (4 min. 15 sec.)
Nubia & Kelsey want to know, “What’s an Alien?” How does it feel to be labeled as an alien? What does it say about people in the US who would fence the border and shoot all who try to cross? (4 min. 11 sec.)
Meet Our Advisory & Resource Committee
Nuestra Comunidad Sana
Advisory & Resource Committee
Oregon Human Development Corporation
Providence Hospice of the Gorge
La Clinica del Cariño
Enjoy these blog posts from our Executive Director–all about Health Promotion Services