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Puerto Rican Family Institute

OMH Grant
Bilingual/Bicultural Service
Demonstration Program
Fiscal Year 2004

Puerto Rican Family Institute, Inc.
40 Journal Square, Suite 302
Jersey City, NJ 07306
Phone: (201) 610-1446
Fax: (201) 610-9426
Title: Latino Consumer Education Program
Project Period: 9/30/04 - 9/29/07
Project Director: Frank Solano
Target Population: Hispanic/Latino Adults
Health Issues: Diabetes, Mental Health

The Puerto Rican Family Institute (PRFI) seeks to addresses health access barriers encountered by Latinos in Hudson County, New Jersey by increasing the community's knowledge of and access to primary and preventative services. In collaboration with St. Mary's Hospital, the program offers a series of community educational workshops on diabetes and mental health. Two types of workshops are offered, one-time workshops and long-term, in-depth workshops. The one-time workshops are held eight times each month; four focus on mental health and four on diabetes. The long-term workshops, conducted over a period of six to eight weeks with four cycles of workshops annually, provide in-depth information on diabetes and nutrition and mental health. The educational workshops are conducted at the PRFI Jersey City Mental Health Clinic, and at the St. Mary's Hospital outpatient mental health clinics. The mental health program educates limited-English-proficient (LEP) Latinos about depression, anxiety, and other serious mental illnesses, and how these conditions affect them on a physical, emotional, and intellectual level. In the area of diabetes, the program educates LEP Latinos on the different types of diabetes and symptoms and its prevalence among Latinos, the risk factors, how to prevent diabetes through healthy eating and exercise, the importance of early detection, and treatment modalities. The program is promoted both internally, with PRFI Jersey City Mental Health Clinic and St. Mary's Hospital, and externally with outreach to other community-based organizations, including other local hospitals, clinics, schools, and civic and faith-based organizations. The program complements services provided by other local health and human service providers and coordinates referrals of clients to these providers.

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