Líderes de Salud

Picture of our lideres de salud members participating in a group retreat.

Líderes de Salud is El Pueblo’s signature leadership development and adult engagement program working to improve Latinas’ and Latinos’ health and health access. Through Líderes de Salud, El Pueblo trains Latina and Latino community members as lay health advisors, or promotores/as[1], who in turn engage other community members in taking action to improve health-related services and overall access to these services.  The promotor/a model is a strength-based, peer learning, and leadership development methodology that capitalizes on existing familial, neighborhood, and social networks. The role of the promotor/a extends far beyond the disease-related functions of community health to a passion for human rights and social justice[2].

El Pueblo’s Líderes de Salud was first developed and implemented in 2004, and since then, over 150 promotores have been trained. In 2014, El Pueblo is revamping the program and will continue offering ongoing leadership development and engagement opportunities to all community members interested in improving the health and well-being of our communities.  

If you are interested in supporting our promotores and promotoras program, contact: Florence M. Simán at 919 835-1525 or via email at: florence@elpueblo.org

Lay Health Advisor Model:

To learn more about the lay health advisor model, check out the following documents:

  • National Council of La Raza - Health Care Disparities
  • New Mexico Border Health
  • Centers for Disease Control
  • Bishop, C. M., Earp, J. A., Eng, E., and Lynch, K. (2002). “Implementing a ‘natural helper’ lay health advisor program: Lessons learned from unplanned events.” Special Issue, Eliminating Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities: Mapping a Course for Community Action and Research. Health Promotion Practice.
  • Eng, E. and Young, R. (1992). “Lay health advisors as community change agents.” Journal of Family and Community Health.



[1] In Spanish, language is gender-specific. A promotor is a male lay health advisor and a promotora is a female lay health advisor. El Pueblo uses promotor/a and promotores/as to indicate a gender-inclusive group of lay health advisors.

[2]   For more information on the promotores/as model, see: http://latinainstitute.org/sites/default/files/publications/special-reports/NLIRH-AdvancingRJ-ImmCommunities-Jan2010.pdf; http://chwisc.org/Promatoras_es.html; http://www.visionycompromiso.org/wordpress/about-us/the-promotor-model/.





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