Hispanic Health Initiatives

Hispanic Health Initiatives (HHI – http://www.hhi2001.org/) is a 20+-year-old nonprofit that addresses the unmet health needs of Hispanics and other medically disadvantaged populations of Central Florida through the efforts of volunteers. It has a specific goal of educating these populations, so they are better able to make informed decisions about health, wellness, and care options. During the COVID -19 pandemic, SCCAHS provided emergency funding for HHI to conduct community outreach and distribute PPE to residents in Orange, Seminole, Osceola, and Volusia counties. HHI launched a grassroots Community Health Worker (CHW) COVID-19 awareness, education, outreach, and prevention campaign during June in Central Florida (Orange, Osceola, Seminole, and Volusia Counties) to help the community understand the importance of following CDC’s guidelines and protocols to encourage adherence. HHI also assembled “hygiene prep” bags containing: a digital thermometer, hand sanitizer, gloves, mask, and a package of tissues for CHWs to use as outreach tools to help explain the use of each item as it related to CDC’s guidelines.