KU Medical Center’s Healthy Living Kansas receives awards for Garden City-based breast health initiative

June 05, 2014

By KUMC News

Kim Engelman and Promotores de Salud receive KU Medical Center's Institute for Community Engagement's 2014 Community Partnership Award. Front row (left to right): Ryan Spaulding, interim associate vice chancellor for community engagement; Irma Robbins, promotora coordinator/UMMAM); Kim Engelman, director of Healthy Living Kansas program at KU Medical Center; Gloria Esperanza Bracamonte, promotora de salud. Back row (left to right): Maria Norma Rodriguez Camarillo, promotora de salud; Melly Orozco, promotora de salud; Rocio Moreno Sanz, promotora de salud; Robert Simari, dean, KU School of Medicine.

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — The University of Kansas Medical Center's Healthy Living Kansas program has received nearly $35,000 in awards to support Southwest Kansas Promotores de Salud (community health promoters) — a breast health program in Garden City, Kan.

The program received a $24,993 Kansas Health Foundation Recognition Grant, which recognizes meaningful and charitable projects or initiatives that improve the health of Kansans. The Healthy Living Kansas team also was named the KU Medical Center Institute for Community Engagement's 2014 Community Partnership Award recipient, which is given annually to an outstanding community-university initiative. The award includes $10,000 for the Promotores de Salud program.

Promotores are trained volunteers who share their knowledge in their communities and encourage breast cancer screenings. The program is a partnership between local, regional and state partners in southwest Kansas and Healthy Living Kansas, a KU Medical Center Department of Preventive Medicine & Public Health initiative. Like other Healthy Living Kansas programs, Promotores de Salud aims to reduce cancer-related morbidity and mortality among underserved community members in the state.

"The home-grown, neighbor-focused commitment of Promotores coupled with our group's expertise in preventive health and program development, make a solid foundation for sustainable, community-focused efforts to build community leadership and promote healthy behaviors in southwest Kansas," said Kim Engelman, Ph.D., director of Healthy Living Kansas and associate professor of preventive medicine and public health at KU Medical Center. "We sincerely appreciate the Kansas Health Foundation and the Institute for Community Engagement for recognizing our program as an important initiative in building healthy communities."

The Garden City Promotores de Salud program began in 2012. Since then, a total of 13 Promotores have been trained to work in their local communities to promote good health practices. In 2013, Promotores engaged nearly 3,000 community members, sharing information regarding breast health and encouraging breast cancer screenings.

"We are so grateful for the opportunity to work with Healthy Living Kansas to develop Promotores in the Garden City area," said Irma Robbins, community health worker and Promotores de Salud program coordinator at United Methodist Mexican-American Ministries in Garden City. "These Promotores help families work for a better and healthier future. If we start with our families, our little ones will grow up knowing and practicing a healthy lifestyle."

For more information about Promotores de Salud or to learn how you can make a donation or volunteer, please visit Healthy Living Kansas at www.healthylivingkansas.org, email HLKansas@kumc.edu, or contact Trish Long at (913) 588-2649.


About Healthy Living Kansas/ Viva Saludable en Kansas

Healthy Living Kansas is a research, education and outreach program out of KU Medical Center's Department of Preventive Medicine & Public Health. The program has a long-standing commitment to cancer screening initiatives with the purpose of reducing cancer-related morbidity and mortality and improving the lives of Kansans. Over the past decade, the Healthy Living Kansas mission has included increasing breast health awareness and screening utilization in underserved populations in rural Kansas.

About the Kansas Health Foundation

The Kansas Health Foundation is a private philanthropy based in Wichita, but statewide in its focus. Its mission is to improve the health of all Kansans. Together with grantees and partners, the foundation's goals include making Kansas the healthiest, most productive, most livable state in the nation. To learn more, please visit www.kansashealth.org.

About KU Medical Center's Institute for Community Engagement

The Institute for Community Engagement supports engaged scholarship, or practical work with community partners that propels communities and academia forward. The institute and its partners work with communities to improve health across the state, region and world through: enhancing educational opportunities to prepare students of all ages health and science careers; strengthening Kansas' health care workforce; conducting research with communities to improve public and community health; and advancing access to health care in medically underserved areas. For more information, please visit www.kumc.edu/community-engagement

Last modified: Jun 05, 2014