Holy Cross Ministries

Program description

Many Hispanics in Utah face critical risk factors with regards to their health- they are often unfamiliar with local health care and food supplement options, and many fear discrimination. Recognizing the needs of this population, Holy Cross Ministries' Promotoras - bilingual, bicultural outreach workers - strive to ensure that all families are healthy, safe, and can navigate complex health and social systems. The Promotoras have been characterized as “bridge builders”. They play a central role in community integration and are key to every program at Holy Cross Ministries.


In order to promote healthy and informed pregnancies among expectant Latino mothers, HCM’s Promotoras use a group-education model and one-on-one sessions to teach an 8-series course on prenatal care. HCM collaborates with St. Martha’s Baby Project to provide a free infant layette once the baby is born.
Understanding the complexities in navigating a foreign health care system, HCM’s Promotoras provide bilingual assistance for CHIP/Medicaid applications, re-enrollment paperwork, referrals to community services, forms assistance, and helping to secure a primary care medical home.
Due to numerous barriers, Spanish speaking parents of children with special needs and/or complex medical diagnosis are not always able to find or connect to available resources on their own. For that reason, HCM facilitates Niños Especiales Familias Fuertes (NEFF) – a bilingual support group program for these families. Please Note: the support group has moved from South Main Clinic. HCM will resume sessions at Holy Cross Ministries (860 East 4500 South) beginning in January. Please check the program calendar for more details.
Recognizing the high rates of teen pregnancies among the Hispanic community, HCM is implementing the Families Talking Together curriculum which is a parent-Based Intervention to help prevent/reduce adolescent sexual risk behaviors. These sessions will be offered by HCM's bilingual, bicultural Promotoras / Community Health Workers at South Main Clinic thanks to funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACFY), Family and Youth Service Bureau (FYSB) . To sechedule a session, please call Esperanza Arias (801) 587-2068.

Holy Cross Ministries has Promotoras at the following sites


Help Support Our Families

Holy Cross Ministries works to ensure that cost is not a barrier to anyone's health. Your support will help us continue offering these critical and basic services for free. 

Promotora Outreach Program Staff

South Main Clinic Promotora / Community Health Worker
Promotora / Community Health Worker
801-261-3440 ext. 245
Promotora Outreach Coordinator
801-261-3440 ext 342
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