Abogacia • Advocacy

Hacia una vida digna y sana • Towards a dignified and healthy life

Visión y Compromiso is the largest state-based promotora-led organization in the country dedicated to providing comprehensive and ongoing leadership development, capacity building, advocacy, training, and support to promotoras and Community Health Workers (CHWs) locally and  nationally. Our policy advocacy work prioritizes support for the individual promotoras and CHWs as well as the network of  grassroots CBOs that have a longstanding commitment to training, supporting, and employing this workforce. We also have a strong commitment to advocacy on the social issues that impact the workforce, CBOs, and communities more broadly such as health, immigration, and education. Visión y Compromiso coordinates local and national advocacy alongside partners through Red de Promotoras y Trabajadores Comunitarios (Network of Promotoras and Community Health Workers), La Alianza (The Alliance of CBOs) and The National Network of Promotoras and CHWs. 

Visión y Compromiso’s Network of Promotoras and Community Health Workers (Network) led by volunteer promotores and supported by our team of Network Managers, is active in 14 regions of California and Nevada and provides support in numerous other states. The California Network of Promotoras and Community Health Workers (Network) was established as a forum for promotoras to participate in diverse trainings and exchange support, best practices, resources, and advocacy related to healthcare, social determinants of health, immigration, education, the workforce, and more. Promotoras and CHWs identify issues and community needs and organize and mobilize to inform policy and systems change. In each region, the Network brings promotoras together to share resources, participate in training, and coordinate community events and provides a forum to advocate behind key issues that strengthen families at the local and national level—including coordinating a California Promotoras’ Statewide Legislative Week of Action

La Alianza (The Alliance) is a coalition of 13 CBOs in California who employ and support promotoras and CHWs. Each CBO has a long history of recruiting, training, and supporting the promotora and CHW workforce in sectors from health care, housing, environmental justice, education, and more. This coalition coordinates and advocates to elevate the needs of grassroots CBOs that support, train and employ promotoras and CBOs. La Alianza also promotes policy and systems change to better support the workforce of promotoras, CHWs and the communities they serve.

The National Network of Promotoras and CHWs currently includes networks and CBOs from multiple states throughout the U.S. Visión y Compromiso’s National Network connects organizations and coalitions to advocate for greater national recognition and support of community-centered promotoras, CHWs and grassroots CBOs. 

The California Network of Promotoras connects promotora regional committees and coalitions to advocate for greater recognition of the promotor model of Community Transformation and state policies to strengthen families

2022 Vision y Compromiso Advocacy Legislative Actions

  • Health
    Health insurance for all undocumented residents, regardless of age, becomes law. Committees in Napa, San Fernando Valley, Orange County advocated for rent control and protecting tenants from eviction.
  • Immigration
    Seven Visión y Compromiso regional committees met with their members of Congress to advocate for the approval of immigration reform. The Network advocated for the approval of state legislation that will grant unemployment insurance to the undocumented when they do not have a job.
  • CHW Promotora Workforce
    Successful passage of California state law requiring Medi-Cal plan providers to notify clients of the availability of CHW and promotor services.
  • Education Bill passed to protect ”cyberbullying,” the policies of this new law will require social media platforms to create a space for parents and youth to report bullying online. 

Promotoras‘ Statewide Legislative Week • May 1-5, 2023

Washington D.C.

Visión y Compromiso has supported delegations of promotoras to advocate in Washington D.C. in September 2022 and January 2023. The delegations of promotoras, CHWs and community based organizations representing communities in multiple states and across various sectors including healthcare, social services, education, public health and more identified workforce and various policy priorities needing urgent attention and support from congressional representatives. Visit Promotoras in Action #VYCinDC to learn more about the delegation, priorities and promotora advocacy resources.