The guide to community health services available for immigrants
Proyecto Buena Salud, Project Good Health in English, is a grassroots program created by Centro Comunitario CEUS to reach out to immigrants, especially those with little or no immigration status, and help them access health services for themselves and their family.
CEUS created the program in July 2022 to provide a bridge between the local health system and the immigrant community to guide and connect them to the services available in the Hudson County area.
The program is designed to address the fact that many immigrants find the health system complicated and confusing, and those without legal status may be wary about going to health authorities for help.
How can Proyecto Buena Salud help immigrants
CEUS uses its position as a trusted representative in the community overcome these issues. Two Community Health Workers (CHWs) employed by the program reach out to immigrants in the community to advise them of the assistance available through Proyecto Buena Salud. The CHWs conduct an assessment to determine a client’s needs and then refer them to health providers who can help immigrants meet those needs.
The project is funded by the Partnership for Maternal and Child Health of Northern New Jersey with funds from the New Jersey Department of Health. The CEUS initiative grew out of an earlier project, Project Vax Outreach, in which the CHWs conducted outreach to inform immigrants of the need to get the COVID-19 vaccine and how to get it.
Addressing community needs
The project is based on the results of a survey of 150 immigrants conducted by CEUS to determine the most prevalent health concerns and needs in the community. The CEUS CHWs seek to address a broad range of factors that determine the health of community members. But the survey helped us pay particular attention to six factors that surfaced frequently in the survey discussions.
- Health Insurance – what is available to immigrants with different levels of legal status.
- Mental Health – what organizations and programs are available to immigrants
- Infant and Child Health – what services are available to parents to ensure their children grow with good health
- Women’s Health – programs and clinics that are available, including breast cancer examinations, contraception and other services
- Addiction – what services can help community members with drug and alcohol problems to understand the cause and how to fight it.
- Family Relations – programs to help community members facing domestic violence, child behavioral issues and other problems.
Get assistance from Proyecto Buena Salud
Call the CEUS main number, (201) 617-2466 or one of the CHWs listed here:
- Tatiana Ron – (551) 254-9934 / TRon@ceusnj.org
- Isabel Gazquez – .(551) 244 5206 / IGazquez@ceusnj.org
The project creates a monthly Spanish language bulletin that is sent by text to program participants and provides health information useful to the community. You can read the bulletin through the links here:
- Agosto 29, 2022
- Julio 27, 2022
- Junio 25, 2022
- Mayo 31, 2022
- Abril 29, 2022
- Marzo 27, 2022
- Febrero 27, 2022
- Enero 30,2022
- Diciembre 31, 2021
- Noviembre 27, 2021
- Octubre 30, 2021