UnidosUS Affiliate Helps Families Achieve Financial Health

From health coverage to financial capability, Brighton Park Neighborhood Council helps Chicago families achieve their American dream.

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Photo: Brighton Park Neighborhood Council

By Stephanie Presch, Content Specialist, UnidosUS

Community-based organizations (CBOs) have played a crucial role in consumer education outreach and enrollment efforts under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Thanks to these efforts, over 20 million Americans—including four million Latino adults and more than 600,000 Latino children—have access to the individual Marketplace and other coverage options such as Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

And their efforts are more important than ever.

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‘We Will Not Allow Our Dreams to Die’

North Carolina Youth Hold Vigil Outside Courthouse to Demand DREAM Act Now

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All photos courtesy of El Pueblo

By Stephanie Presch, Content Specialist, UnidosUS

Last week, youth in Raleigh, North Carolina organized a rally outside of a courthouse in Raleigh, North Carolina to protest the lack of progress there has been on relief for the nearly 800,000 DREAMers who came to the United States when they were children.

“They made a casket with the word Dreams written on it, and at the end of the vigil, we opened the casket and white balloons were released symbolizing that we will not allow our dreams to die,” recalled Miguel Figueras, Youth Program Coordinator at El Pueblo, Inc., an UnidosUS Affiliate in Raleigh, North Carolina.

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UnidosUS Affiliates Are Transforming the Lives of Rural Hispanic Families Thanks to the ACA

MHP Salud and Su Clínica are on the front lines helping rural Texas communities get covered during the Open Enrollment period.

By David Castro, Associate Director, Web and Editorial Content, UnidosUS

Su Clínica | Open Enrollment | Affordable Care ActThe Affordable Care Act (ACA) has not only changed the lives of individuals. It has transformed entire communities.

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CASA at Monseñor Oscar Romero Charter School

 By Jennifer Archer, CASA Instructor, Monseñor Oscar Romero Charter School

The Monseñor Oscar Romero Charter School (MORCS) family kicked off our work with CASA with a trip to the Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition (GWHFC). Students in the Youth Advisory Board were discussing the lack of services for homeless people in Los Angeles, and wanted to see what they could do to help.

 

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With Decades of Trust, UnidosUS Affiliate RCMA Helps Communities Grow and Thrive Even Under Adversity

How Redlands Christian Migrant Association is helping farmworker families recover from the devastation of Hurricane Irma in southern Florida.

By Stephanie Presch, Content Specialist, UnidosUS

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In southern Florida in the 1960s, farmworkers with children had little choice but to bring their children into the fields with them, exposing them to pesticides, snakes, and extreme heat. Some children even died due to contact with heavy machinery, or from falling into wells.

Redlands Christian Migrant Association (RCMA) was founded in response to the reports that migrant farmworkers had nowhere to bring their children while they were out in the fields. In those early days, they had two early learning centers for children of migrant and farmworker families.

But RCMA’s two early learning centers weren’t well-attended at the time. So the organization sought the help of Wendell Rollason, an outspoken immigrant rights advocate, who noticed one day that farmworker families were much more likely to sign up their children for child care through one of the centers if they saw people who looked like them working at the center.

Today, RCMA operates 66 centers across 21 counties in Florida, including three charter schools and nine afterschool programs. Each center was able to open because RCMA received an invitation from the community.

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One Stop Career Center of Puerto Rico: Helping Ex-offenders Gain the Power to Rebuild Their Lives

The One Stop Career Center of Puerto Rico (OSCC), founded in 2000, has a mission that benefits a community not often talked about: the reentry population.

Since 2000, OSCC has helped approximately 14,000 ex-offenders find meaningful employment and rebuild their lives. OSCC’s participants have an 85% rate of successful job placement and a recidivism rate of approximately 12%, in significant contrast to an average 76.6% recidivism rate across 30 states.

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5 Tips for Effective Grocery Shopping this Holiday Season

By Elizabeth Carrillo, MPH, Program Manager, Institute for Hispanic Health, UnidosUS

With the holidays fast approaching, grocery shopping is likely to become one of the many tasks on our to-do lists this season. If the prospect of going into a grocery store in the days leading up to Thanksgiving, Christmas, or any other holiday you celebrate gives you a bit of stress, don’t worry!

We’ve got simple tips for you from our Comprando Rico y Sano program that you can follow to make the experience a pleasant one, or at least a stress-free one.

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Because let’s face it—we can all benefit from setting some health goals and establishing healthy eating habits during the holiday season. You can follow these five tips to keep yourself organized, and save money and time while grocery shopping.

RELATED: Tips and Resources for a Bacteria-Free Thanksgiving

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