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Title: Melinda Cordero Bárzaga talks about Visión y Compromiso
[Caption- Melinda Cordero Bárzaga, Associate Director]
Melinda: Vision y Compromiso is the organization serving thousands of Promotores annually. We're very honored to have been nominated for Voices of Health. Our mission is actually to be the Voices of Health for the communities that we serve. Those communities are comprised of Promotores and Community Health Workers in California. We serve these communities in many ways. Through our advocacy efforts, through our workforce development and project management, through our education and training and very specifically through our network. Our network is comprised of 13 regions here in California and one in Nevada. The funds if we were to be the winners of this contest would be destined for this very specific program within our organization. We are committed to the Promotores and Community Health Workers who serve their communities day in and day out and hope that we as well as them will continue to be ambassadors of Voices for Health.
Visión y Compromiso is an organization that promotes community well-being by providing leadership and capacity building for Promotoras and Community Workers. Through our advocacy, training and development, technical assistance, project management and our network of Promotoras and Community Workers, we strengthen the Promotor workforce, create working tools sensitive to marginal communities, promote and facilitate the replication of programs for Promotores to maintain the authenticity of their work, disseminate and document data on improvements in the communities and the collective analysis of experiences and perspectives of Promotores as well as provide a structure that brings individual Promotores together and allows them to share resources and best practices. The regional network committee of Promotoras and Community Workers now includes more than 4,000 Promotores in 13 regions of California and one in Nevada.
Vision y Compromiso's Regional Committees, divisions of the Network, provide Promotores with personal development, workforce and professional training throughout the year via workshops, trainings and regional conferences.
Visión y Compromiso through local and statewide advocacy efforts build leadership, organizing and advocacy skills which prepare Promotores to participate with other stakeholders in decision making and policy development, convene forums that support policies reflective of community needs and beneficial to Promotores, collaborates with California policy organizations, and organizes the annual Promotores Legislative Day in Sacramento.
Visión y Compromiso also offers technical assistance and project management to public and private agencies interested in the integration of the Community Transformation Model. By developing and managing programs and conducting trainings for administrators and organizations who want to integrate Promotores into their workforce. Through collaboration with universities, agencies and community partners, Vision y Compromiso promotes culturally sensitive research and evaluation practices.
Visión y Compromiso was initiated in 2000, when more than 140 promotor leaders from different parts of the state of California were invited by Maria Lemus, and a group of advisors, to listen to a discussion, facilitated by promotor leaders from across the State, about a study that was conducted related to the needs in their communities. These needs were prioritized as follows: