2015 Workshops

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Friday, December 11, 2015

  • Workshops A: 1:00 – 3:00 pm

    Community Theater: A Tool for Creativity in Community Work   

    Presented by: Patricia Veliz-Macal   

    Street Theater is an engaging and effective teaching tool for Promotores in their work with communities. Learn how movement, language and art combine to create more effective theater presentations.

    Objectives: 1) Explore new skills in using body movement that uses art, creativity, and critical thinking. 2) Explore emotions, body movements, and language that are tied to taking action. 3) Strengthen verbal and non-verbal public speaking skills.

    Categories: Professional Development, Skill Building

    Be in Charge of Your Health: Learn How Managed Care Works

    Presented by: Abelardo de la Peña Jr.

    This interactive workshop helps promoters understand and teach health coverage terms, common types of health coverage plans and tips to help people choose a health plan that works for them. The program supplements expertise training around managed care and health care terminology for Covered CA stakeholders, and enhance Promotores and community health worker outreach and education efforts.

    Objectives: 1) Describe managed care. 2) Define common health care terminology, including words used in managed care cost. 3) Describe four kinds of health coverage plans.

    Categories: Professional Development, Information/Education

    Letting Go With Love

    Presented by: Susy Landa   

    This experiential and interactive workshop will help participants learn to use love to manage letting go of past losses and unresolved emotions.

    Objectives: 1) Explore basic concepts associated with loss. 2) Practice using an experiential activity to manage their own unresolved losses and learn to apply this experience to their work with community. 3) Explore the unique losses that affect Latino communities and ways to support the grieving process.

    Categories: Mental Health, Information/Education

    The Promotor as a Researcher; The Researcher as a Promotor

    Presented by: Miriam Hernandez, Tanya Olmos, Leticia Garcia, and Carmen Castro

    Participants will learn about the mutually collaborative research funded by the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship between Health Promotores from Providence Health and Services and UCLA students and researchers.

    Objectives: 1) Analyze how Promotores can be a part of different stages of the research process. 2) Obtain resources to facilitate their own technology workshops in their communities.

    Categories: Technology, the Internet, and Social Media: Participatory Research

    Kidneys Are Treasures: How to Care for Them

    Presented by: Dr. Franco Reyna

    This workshop will focus on kidney health and its significance in the Hispanic community. Learn to assess personal risk factors and steps to keep your kidneys healthy. Bonus: A toolkit from the NIH National Kidney Disease Education Program will be provided to help you teach your clients about kidney disease.

    Objectives: 1) Identify their personal risk factors for kidney disease. 2) Identify the two tests for kidney disease and what each means for their kidney health. 3) Identify new resources available from the NIDDK to educate their clients with diabetes.

    Categories: Physical Health, Information/Education

    Reducing the Fear of Colon Exams   

    Presented by: Jose Mendoza Silveiras, MD

    Learn what colon cancer is and how to manage challenging conversation about the topic with the help of our Colon Cancer Awareness Speaker Kit which helps transform critical communication barriers into opportunities for understanding and action.

    Objectives: 1) Identify barriers to colon cancer conversation. 2) Describe steps to host a colon cancer awareness presentation. 3) Identify community resources on where and how to take action against colon cancer.

    Categories: Physical Health, Program Development

    Sexuality: Today, Tomorrow and Beyond

    Presented by: Dilma Carolina Bojorquez and Rachel Dowlling

    Learn about common attitudes regarding sexuality among older adults, and the physical and emotional benefits of maintaining sexual health as we age.

    Objectives: 1) Learn about four benefits to maintaining one’s sexual health as we age. 2) Reflect upon three personal attitudes towards sexuality. 3) Learn about common physiological changes related to aging.

    Categories: Physical Health, Information/Education

    Parents Taking Action: Strategies for Latino Families With Children Diagnosed With Autism Spectrum Disorder   

    Presented by: Kristina Lopez, PhD, Emily Iland, MA, and Sandra Magaña, PhD

    This workshop provides an introduction to the Parents Taking Action program which improves understanding of autism spectrum disorders for families who have a child with a recent diagnosis.

    Objectives: 1) Learn about the Parents Taking Action program’s research outcomes. 2) Learn to increase the knowledge and advocacy strategies of Latino families who have children with ASD. 3) Learn about innovative methods to teach Latino parents techniques to enhance the communication of their children with ASD.

    Categories: Mental Health, Best Practices

    Affordable, Eco-friendly Home Recipes for a Healthy Body

    Presented by: Dinorah Barton-Antonio, Hugo Mata    , and Nancy Palate

    Help keep your body healthy while keeping your home clean with simple, economical and eco-friendly tips, and be informed about local resources.

    Objectives: 1) Identify how common household cleaning products and pesticides affect health. 2) Identify local resources and programs. 3) Learn how to save time and money by using natural alternative cleaners

    Categories: Social & Environmental Health, Skill Building

    How to Achieve a Healthy Weight Without Feeling Down

    Presented by: Jose Arturo Palato

    Achieving a healthy weight requires a balance between a person’s physical, mental and emotional states. Learn about how to establish this balance in this interactive workshop.

    Objectives: 1) Identify subconscious motivators that affect a person’s weight. 2) Learn to provide support to help others manage their thoughts and feelings to achieve a healthy weight. 3) Design an action plan to support self-care as part of a healthy holistic plan.

    Categories: Mental Health, Information/Education

  • Workshops B: 3:15 – 5:15 pm

    Navigating The Special Needs System

    Presented by: Rose Chacana       

    This workshop provides participants the necessary skills and knowledge about the special needs system to make them informed partners and better advocates for the families with whom they work.

    Objectives: 1) Overview the system of Regional Centers including the Lanterman Act and what it means to families. 2) Define the roles and responsibilities of clients and families within the system of care for special needs. 3) Share suggestions and strategies that can help families become better advocates for a family member with special needs.

    Categories: Mental Health, Information/Education

    Know Your Brain and Debunk the Myths About Parkinson’s

    Presented by: Claudia Martinez, Gloria Chavez-Gaytan, and  Miguel Gaytan

    The brain is in a constant active state of  communication and evolution. Learn about how the brain functions and how Parkinson’s disease affects individuals in the Hispanic community.

    Objectives: 1) Learn about how the brain communicates with the rest of the body. 2) Clarify myths about Parkinson’s Disease and how it affects the brain. 3) Discuss how exercise protects the brain against Parkinson’s Disease.

    Categories: Mental Health, Information/Education

    Increasing the Participation of Women, Men, and Youth in “The Political Process”

    Presented by: Claudia Estrada Powell and Patricia Veliz Macal

    This workshop will describe the Leadership and Advocacy skills needed to collaborate with organizations and elected officials to increase services for community residents.

    Objectives: 1) Learn about educating your elected officials at a local, state and federal level. 2) Discuss the skills needed to participate effectively in organizations and coalitions. 3) List the elements necessary to achieve success in legislation and politics for your community.

    Categories: Advocacy & Public Policy, Skill Building

    Caring for Our Eyes to See the Future: How to Educate Our Communities About Glaucoma

    Presented by: Marcela Aguilar

    The “Caring for Our Eyes” toolkit was developed for the Hispanic community to promote eye health and Glaucoma prevention. Each participant will receive a toolkit and learn how to use it within their community.

    Objectives: 1) Learn about Glaucoma and how it affects vision. 2) Explore strategies on how to use the contents of the “Caring for Our Eyes” Toolkit. 3) Learn how to educate the community using the toolkit

    Categories: Physical Health, Information/Education

    Time Waits for No One! Learn to Manage it More Effectively

    Presented by: Carolina López De La Torre   

    Running out of time? Learn strategies to manage time more effectively and create a better balance in your professional and personal life.

    Objectives: 1) Use the Time Matrix effectively. 2) Learn to prioritize activities based on Urgency and importance. 3) Learn to balance your agenda’s activities.

    Categories: Personal Development, Skill Building

    A Grassroots Approach to Prohibiting Oil and Natural Gas Extraction in Residential Communities

    Presented by: Sandy Navarro

    This workshop will focus on urban oil and gas extraction in South Los Angeles communities for the last 40 years. Community residents, especially children, suffered from health implications which they attribute to the site’s production. Promotores will discuss steps to influence policies to protect health and strategies to document the struggle.

    Objectives: 1) Define environmental implications of urban oil extraction, including outdoor air quality, and public health and safety. 2) Discuss community health risks of living in close proximity to an oil drilling site, specifically health problems and threat of safety. 3) Recognize the role of regulating agencies and policy makers, and how these parties can influence policies to protect human health.

    Categories: Social & Environmental Health, Information/Education

    Sinfully Sweet

    Presented by: Elia Camarena and Diego Ceja

    There are over 40 varieties of sugars! Where do they come from and how do they affect our bodies is the topic of this workshop with a focus on added sugars to help participants win the battle against these harmful sweets.

    Objectives: 1) Discuss how sugars affect our bodies and how some sugars can be addicting. 2) Learn practical techniques to avoid consuming added sugars. 3) Identify healthy options to artificial and added sugars in basic foods.

    Categories: Physical Health, Information/Education

    Gluten: A Fad or a Real Need?

    Presented by: Rachel Dowling and Francisca Beltran

    Seems that everything is now labeled as “Gluten Free!” Come explore what gluten is, where it is found and whether it is good or bad for our health. The workshop will include a demonstration of gluten-free foods.

    Objectives: 1) Describe what gluten is and how to help the community understand where it is found. 2) Identify three common grains that contain gluten. 3) Identify gluten-free food options.

    Categories: Physical Health, Information/Education

    Successful Leadership Programs That Benefit Vulnerable Communities

    Presented by: Marlom Portillo

    The Noble Youth or “El Joven Noble” is a model program that has been used  successfully to reduce violence and increase social integration to improve overall wellness among its young participants. The critical role of parents and other adults in the Bienestar Family Program will also be discussed as key components in a youth’s success in society, especially in their academic and emotional development.

    Objectives: 1) Describe the fundamental components of the “El Joven Noble” program. 2) Discuss the success of leadership and integration programs among immigrant youth. 3) Explore the importance of violence prevention among youth.

    Categories: Mental Health, Best Practices

    The Day Laborer: An Inside Perspective   

    This unique panel of experts—ranging from day laborers and agencies who work with them—will discuss the special needs and considerations of day laborers for Promotores who want to strengthen their understanding and their support of this population.

    Objectives: 1) Discuss the challenges and needs faced by the diverse population of day laborers. 2) Explore strategies to increase their effectiveness in working with day labor workers.

    Categories: Social & Environmental Health, Information/Education

    Saturday, December 12, 2015

  • Workshops C: 7:00 – 8:00 am

    Therapeutic Dance: Integrating the Mind and Body

    Presented by: Amanda Casavona

    Learn how therapeutic dance can help unblock tensions and stress in order to prevent psychosomatic illnesses and reach a state of wellness and peace of mind.

    Objectives: 1) Learn how to use dance as a resource to achieve relaxation, health and peace. 2) Learn how to unblock tensions, traumas, pain, stress and guilt. 3) Learn how to use dance as a tool that benefits the community.

    Categories: Mental Health, Information/Education

    Walking Intentionally: From Laughter to the Peace of a Smile

    Presented by: Antolín Rodríguez

    Come and enjoy Walking Intentionally and the importance of living the here and now with peace and joy.

    Objectives: 1) Learn about the holistic benefits of the connection between mind-body reconciliation with heaven and earth.
    2) Learn about the holistic benefits of laughter. 3) Learn the holistic benefits of inner peace.

    Categories: Physical Health, Information/Education

    Healing Our Traumas, Transforming Our Lives

    Presented by: Amy Muratalla

    Based on a holistic model and a popular education methodology, this workshop, “Trauma, Healing and Transformation” will teach wellness practices, the creation of teams and self-help to unblock traumatic stress and awaken participants to their own wisdom.

    Objectives: 1) Learn wellness practices to unblock traumatic stress. 2) Learn to liberate traumatic stress and balance energy that will help nourish and harmonize the nervous system.

    Categories: Mental Health, Information/Education

  • Workshops D: 9:00 – 11:00 am

    Emotional CPR: Overcome Emotional Traumas through Connection, Empowerment and Revitalization

    Presented by Maria Ostheimer

    Will explore and share techniques of how to assist people that are experiencing an emotional crisis. Through a holistic focus of: Connection, Empowerment and Revitalization anyone can help another person overcome emotional traumas.

    Objectives: 1) Learn how the elements of CPR improve a heart to heart dialogue. 2) Know the elements of a dialogue through the five intentions of CPR. 3) Learn how to help someone overcome an emotional crisis.

    Categories: Mental Health, Information/Education


    Presented by: Humberto Perez

    An educational workshop that will help accomplish a positive transformation. Promotores will become aware about the need for change.

    Objectives: 1) Recognize the areas of your life that need to change. 2) Learn how to establish the actions that will improve different areas of your life. 3) Identify the factors that can impede reaching your goals.

    Categories: Professional Development, Information/Education

    Living Happily With a Chronic Illness

    Presented by: Amie Eng

    While stress, frustration, and sadness are common when living with asthma, diabetes, or arthritis, these feelings do not need to control your life. Learn how to overcome negative feelings and successfully manage your chronic health condition! You’ll be able to help yourself, ask for help, help loved ones, and see how technology can work for you! Group exercises and fun activities will show how you can feel great when living with a chronic health condition.

    Objectives: 1) Name at least three common emotions commonly seen with chronic health conditions. 2) Identify three self-care tools or strategies to promote positive emotional health for someone with a chronic health condition. 3) Name at least three ways technology can help support emotional health for those with chronic health conditions.

    Categories: Mental Health, Information/Education

    Parents of Active Children: Learn about Parent Child Intervention Therapy

    Presented by: Miya Barnett

    Let’s learn about he importance of early intervention for young children with disruptive behaviors, such as tantrums, with focus on the evidence-based treatment, Parent Child Intervention Therapy (PCIT). PCIT can help improve parent-child relationships, promote educational success, and decrease risk factors for long-term behavioral and emotional problems. Promotores will gain skills in how to identify families that would benefit from PCIT and refer them to services.

    Objectives: 1) Identify families, who would benefit from PCIT, an evidence-based parent training program. 2) Describe the core-components of PCIT to the families they serve. 3) Obtain contact information for agencies in their communities that provide PCIT.

    Categories: Mental Health, Best Practices

    Home Sweet Home: Promotores Connecting Health and Housing

    Presented by: Maria Bejarano, Diego Emestica and Toby Rodriguez

    Can something in your home be making your family sick? This workshop will focus on how  the indoor environment can impact health. Specifically, drawing the connection between housing conditions, lead hazards, and asthma. Participants will learn to implement the Seven Principles of a Healthy Home with their community and family.

    Objectives: 1) Identify and describe the seven principles of healthy housing and draw the connection of how the environment can impact health. 2) Describe how lead hazards and asthma can stem from housing conditions and what  interventions can be used to prevent them. 3) Prepare least-toxic cleaning solutions and learn Integrated Pest Management practices to replicate at home and in the community.

    Categories: Social & Environmental Health, Information/Education

    Health Promotion and Community Based Research as a Methodology for Social Change

    Presented by: Angela Beltrán and Art Garcia

    Understanding how the work in health promotion connects with research and ethics is very important. If you care about healthy communities and families, then this workshop is for you. Learn how to impact policies and systems and create healthier communities for social change.  Increase your knowledge and leadership capacity skills by demystifying the notion that research can only be done by academics.  All are welcome!

    Objectives: 1) Increase capacity skills in Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR). 2) Learn how to develop at least 1 research method. 3) Gain knowledge in reflective evaluation and research ethics.

    Categories: Advocacy, Participatory Research

    Emotional Etiquette and Diabetes

    Presented by: Dilma Carolina Bojorquez and Eduardo Sida

    Does a connection between emotional health and diabetes exist? During the workshop, the norms for emotional labeling someone with diabetes will be explored without judgement for his/her efforts and progress.
    Objectives: 1) Learn about the connection between emotional health and diabetes. 2) Review ten basic rules about emotional etiquette in order to help someone with diabetes. 3) Discuss different techniques and resources for maintaining positive emotional health.

    Categories: Physical Health, Information/Education

    Cultivating Healthy Relationships

    We will explore how our relationships with others can bring wellness, health, quality of life and can strengthen our self-esteem.

    Objectives: 1) Reflect upon the foundation of a healthy relationship. 2) Identify three to five elements to cultivate healthy relationships. 3) Reflect upon the impact that interpersonal relationships have on your life.

    Categories: Mental Health, Information/Education

    Post-Partum Depression

    Our state of mind can be altered post-partum, learn about the changes in our state of mind, the causes, symptoms and treatment for post-partum depression.

    Objectives: 1) Learn what post-partum depression comprises. 2) Learn what the causes and symptoms are for post-partum depression. 3) Learn about treatment options.

    Categories: Physical Health, Information/Education

    Community Outreach through Social Media

    Presented by: Angelica Aguilar, Maricela Sanchez and Maria Oliden

    Imagine using social media to create social change! Come learn about innovative ways to integrate different platforms into your work to reach communities.

    Objectives: 1)  Learn about the different social media platforms available. 2) Learn how to apply the most used social media platforms into your work.

    Categories: Technology, the Internet & Social Media

    My Mouth, My Oral Health

    Oral health is an essential part of our overall health, however many of us postpone its maintenance for tomorrow not taking into consideration the permanent consequences it could have. Let’s explore how we can promote the prevention of oral health diseases as a way to gain overall health.

    Objectives: 1) Explore the challenges our communities face with maintaining their oral health. 2) Identify ways Promotores could be key in promoting oral health among the communities served.

    Categories: Physical Health, Information/Education

  • Workshops E: 2:00 – 4:00 pm

    In California, Who Will Come to the Rescue?

    Presented by: Jorge Gaitan

    This workshop will include a panel, presentations and activities that will provide updated information about the state laws that protect agricultural workers from pesticides and retaliation. Promotores will obtain resources and information to support the empowerment of their communities.

    Objectives: 1) Learn about the changes to the law that protects agricultural workers from pesticides and retaliation. 2) Obtain information and tools to support agricultural workers’ power and their communities.

    Categories: Social & Environmental Health, Information/Education

    Get The Job of Your Dreams

    Presented by: Rosa Isela Calvo

    Come learn about how networking is key to finding and getting the job you want. We will also look at how technology can help you at every step of the way: from finding a position, successfully applying for it, and nailing the interview. What you do is valuable—through group exercises, videos, and fun interactions learn how to make it easy for an employer to see that you are the one for the job!

    Objectives: 1) Identify at least three online tools to strengthen their prospects. 2) Describe at least three ways to make your teaching experience more marketable to prospective employers. 3) Learn what is networking and how it can help you find employment.

    Categories: Professional Development, Skill Building

    Diabetes and Eye Health

    Presented by: Marcela Aguilar

    Get to know the kit “Diabetes and Eye Health.” Interactive exercises to learn about the eye, the complications of diabetes and the impact on the eyes and the importance of a comprehensive eye exam. Participants will learn and practice how to use the educational flipchart. Each participant will receive a copy of the kit.

    Objectives: 1) Describe the complications of diabetes on the health of the eyes.  2) Learn how to explain the importance of eye exams using pupil dilation. 3) Learn community education strategies using “The Diabetes and Eye Health” kit.

    Categories: Physical Health, Information/Education

    Promoting Healthy Choices and Community Changes: Helping People Make Healthy Choices

    Presented by: Juan Carlos Arroyo, MPH

    Promoting Healthy Choices and Community Changes is an e-learning program developed by the Office of Minority Health (OMH) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Participants will learn about how to help community members to make healthy choices, resources that can help community members make healthy choices, and ways to teach community members to take action toward good health. Participants will receive a Certificate of Completion with the HHS and OMH logos.

    Objectives: 1) Identify how to help others make healthy choices. 2) Learn about selecting a type of resource that can help people make healthy choices.

    Categories: Personal Development, Skill Building

    The Indigenous Woman and the Madres Consejeras Model

    Presented by: Gladys E. Ramírez Garcia

    This workshops will highlight holistic health promotion utilized in Guatemala by madres consejeras. It will focus on the methodologies that rural, indigenous, Mayan-speaking women use to promote healthy behaviors among pregnant women and women with children under 5 years of age.

    Objectives: 1) Learn about the madres consejeras holistic health promotion model in Guatemala. 2) Analyze the educational techniques used by the madres consejeras in their activities.

    Categories: Physical Health, Best Practices

    Cough, Wheeze and Sneeze

    Presented by: Marlilyn Li, Lyne Scott and Yolanda Diaz

    An educational workshop on how to identify and support families with children at risk for developing asthma and the treatment options for allergies. Learn about the Breathmobil as an excellent resource for education and  treatment.

    Objectives: 1) Discuss what asthma is and identify common triggers. 2) Understand the importance of working with families to advocate for the prevention of asthma and the treatment for allergies. 3) Identify resources to access information about asthma and allergies. 4) Learn skills to teach patients how to develop action plans for preventing and managing asthma.

    Categories: Physical Health, Best Practices

    Duration Matters: The Value of Breastfeeding Beyond One Year

    Presented by: Vanessa Annibali

    Get informed about the current recommendations and research for extended lactation; explore the nutritional, physiological and immunological contributions that breastfeeding provides to the mother and child nursing beyond the first year of life; examine the emotional benefits of extended breastfeeding as well as the nursing relationship from the vantage point of the child.

    Objectives: 1) Identify at least two of the nutritional and immunological contributions that breastfeeding has for the child nursing beyond the first year of life. 2) Describe at least two of the nutritional and physiological benefits of breastfeeding beyond one year of life for the mother. 3) Compare the anthropological aspects of child-led versus mother-led weaning.

    Categories: Physical Health, Information/Education

    Educating Ourselves About Sexual Orientation

    An educational workshop that will allow us to increase our knowledge about sexual orientation as a part of our life long existence.

    Objectives: 1) Understand what sexual orientation means. 2) Learn the different components of sexual orientation. 3) Learn the terminology used when describing different sexual orientations.

    Categories: Personal Development, Information/Education

    Effective Outreach and Education to the Community

    Presented by:Hugo Ramirez

    In this educational and interactive workshop modern and successful techniques for community outreach in diverse settings will be shared (health fairs, door to door, etc.).  We will learn how to evaluate our setting in order to conduct effective outreach using popular education.

    Objectives: 1) Learn how to conduct effective door to door outreach that is appropriate for your community. 2) Learn how to use marketing techniques when conducting outreach while tabling at community events. 3) Learn the difference between presenting and facilitating in order to implement relevant techniques that motivate adults to take action.

    Categories: Personal Development, Skill Building