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Marlen Olivas Romero

Marlen Olivas Romero, Navegadora Cultural – Cultural Navigator 

¿Que he aprendido de trabajar informando a la comunidad inmigrante? 

Que a veces en es un reto tratar de llevar información a mucha gente, aun haciendo publicaciones en Facebook o en otros medios, ya que la mayoría de la comunidad latina trabaja todo el tiempo y nunca están al pendiente de eventos o información que queremos brindarles y la razón es porque están trabajando todo el tiempo. Una manera que he encontrado útil para hacerles llegar la información es: Yendo a llevarles la información a sus casas o a sus áreas de trabajo. También he aprendido que en la comunidad inmigrante es muy importante tener comida en los eventos, porque de esta manera resulta más atractivo para ellos y tener cuidado para niños, de no ser así, es muy difícil para ellos puedan asistir. 

Algo muy bonito de la comunidad inmigrante es, que aunque nuestros servicios son gratis para ellos, ellos quieren pagarte con una comida o un detalle y eso me gusta, porque quiere decir que ellos se sienten agradecidos y valoran el trabajo que hacemos por ellos, lo cual me llena de satisfacción. 

¿Que he aprendido sobre hacer trabajos sin fines de lucro para la comunidad? 

Creo que el trabajar para una compañía sin fines de lucro es muy bonito, he aprendido muchísimo y lo que más me apasiona de todo esto es; ver todo lo que las becas pueden hacer para ayudar a la comunidad en general a tener una mejor calidad de vida y a tratar de reducir las brechas que existen, así como el gran trabajo de equipo que se lleva a cabo en la organización para conseguir estas metas. 

What have I learned from working to better inform the immigrant community? 

Sometimes it is a challenge just trying to inform people, even though Facebook or other media since most of the Latino community works all the time and they are never on the lookout for events or information we feel may be important to them. Again, many immigrants are working most of the time. One way I have found it useful to get you the information is going out into the community to bring the information to their homes or areas of work. I have also learned that in the immigrant community it is very important to have food at our events. This makes events more attractive for folks from the immigrant community, as does providing childcare. Without these, it is very difficult for them to be able to attend. 

Something very nice about the immigrant community is that although our services are free for them, they often want to pay staff with a meal or a small gesture like a gift, and I like that. To me, it means that they feel grateful and value the work we do for them, which fills me with satisfaction.  

What have I learned about doing non-profit jobs for the community? 

I think working for a non-profit is very nice, I have learned a lot and what I love most about it is seeing what grant monies can do to help the community in general to have a better quality of life and to try to reduce the gaps that exist. I also appreciate the great teamwork within the organization to achieve these goals. 

-Kody Gerkin, Community Outreach Manager

The Value of Marketing in Public Health

According to Mediabistro, a media analytic site, over 40% of consumers claim that information found through social media affects how they deal with their health. As a public health nonprofit, we create and share content to help inform the community about our programs as well as health-related subjects. We strive to share information that is accurate… Continue Reading

TCHNetwork Holds to Raise Colorado’s SNAP Enrollment Percentage 

More than 10% of Coloradans struggle with hunger. That’s an estimated 560,700 individuals by 2017 statistics. For some, this may be a result of unexpected financial hardship, job loss, health issues, working a minimum wage job or other misfortune, either long or short-term. Luckily, Tri-County Health Network (TCHNetwork) has staff dedicated to helping enroll individuals in the Supplemental Nutrition… Continue Reading

Cooking Matters!

Me interesa mucho la salud en general, pero creo que hay una gran falta de conocimientos en el tema de alimentación, por lo que decidí involucrarme en las clases de Cooking Matters. Los objetivos de las clases de Cooking Matters son para compartir opiniones y nuevas recetas, hechas con ingredientes no tan caros pero saludables, y preparar nuevos alimentos con la comunidad y aprender juntos. Creo que el informarse sobre los productos que comemos… Continue Reading

Senior Services

How do you plan on aging in place? Services for older adults are often overlooked and, in many places, almost nonexistent.  There are several reasons for the lack of development of senior services and for the lack of awareness of existing services.   These reasons include:  Many people assume that their health will quickly decline towards the end of… Continue Reading

Food RX Addresses Upstream Determinants of Health

Upstream def: in the opposite direction from that in which a stream or river flows; nearer to the source. The Food RX program is an initiative focused on addressing a person’s health issues at one of the sources. Food insecurity and, more specifically, healthy food insecurity is one of the main upstream causes or exacerbators of health issues that develop downstream, including obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. Healthy food insecurity can even cascade into other… Continue Reading

American Heart Month

February is American Heart Month. This is a great time to reflect on the effects our diet and physical activity have on our heart health.  The American Heart Association is a great resource when it comes to knowing the most up to date information on cardiovascular health.   At Tri-County Health Network, our Community Health Workers (CHWs) provide heart healthy screenings to community members for free. Our screenings include a blood pressure check, and levels of cholesterol, blood glucose, and… Continue Reading

A Vital Part of the Community

Inarguably, our undocumented residents are a vital part of this community’s local economy. Undocumented immigrants living in Colorado pay $139.5 million in state and local taxes, which fund services we all benefit from.Immigrants help power major sectors of our economy, driving innovation, creating jobs and boosting economic growth. In our congressional district, immigrants make up… Continue Reading

Healthcare Coverage

January 15th, 2019 ended the Open Enrollment period for Coloradans to sign up for health insurance on the state-run exchange, Connect for Health Colorado. A new record-high enrollment was seen in Colorado during this year’s Open Enrollment. More than 169,000 Coloradans enrolled in health coverage for 2019, which was a two percent increase over the Open Enrollment period in 2018. Tri-County Health Network helped enroll… Continue Reading

Skippy in 2018

2018 has been a great year for TCHNetwork’s Skippy Dental Program, we provided preventive dental services to 519 patients! Our staff worked hard to facilitate 49 clinic days at 10 local schools and a few adult clinics for the Mexican American Development Association (MADA) and at a local Latino Wellness Fair. This past year, we completed a record number of virtual dental exams… Continue Reading

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