Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona Unified School District, local dignitaries and Pomona’s Health Promoters held a launch party and ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the new location for Pomona’s Health Promoters Program at Palomares Academy of Health Sciences (PAHS) Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016.

The Promoters are a group of community health workers who volunteer in the neighborhoods where they reside. 

The group had been looking for a new space to hold its workshops. PAHS Principal Dr. Camille Ramos-Beal invited the Promoters to share the space with the Palomares Academy Parent-Teacher-Student Association, according to Shelby Reyes, MPH, CHES, administrative associate for WesternU’s College of Graduate Nursing (CGN).

“Having the space at PAHS allows the Promoters to meet on a continual basis twice a week to enhance their learning and plan their outreach efforts,” Reyes said. “The Promoters will be able to provide workshops and resources for parents at Palomares and the surrounding community.”

 

Promoters collaborate with WesternU to provide support and outreach at health fairs and other events, and work with CGN’s pre-licensure nursing students.

Alejandra Martinez, Promoters coordinator, worked in the community for more than 10 years trying to start the program, said Reyes.

CGN and CAHP provided funds and training. CGN Assistant Dean of Community Engagement Jan Boller, PhD, RN, found funding for Martinez’s coordinator position through the Fletcher Jones Foundation Endowment for Nursing Safety & Quality. 

Boller, CGN Assistant Professor Ruth Trudgeon, Reyes, and College of Allied Health Professions Assistant Dean of Assessment and Strategic Collaborations Tina Meyer, DHsc, PA-C, have been on the planning committee for the Promoters from the beginning. 

Promoters also are involved with Pomona Health Career Ladder, where they work alongside students to improve patient and community outcomes.

To see a photo gallery from Saturday’s event, check out Pomona’s Health Promoters Facebook page.