Health advocates have desperately sought to reach the Latino population, which they say is disenfranchised from healthcare because of language barriers, cost and, to some degree, cultural barriers. As more studies show that programs that use churches can be more effective than traditional routes of health communication, including messages straight from physicians, there is some momentum to increase these programs.
"More people are catching on to the importance of churches and health," explained Melinda Cordero, associate director of Visión y Compromiso, a health advocacy group that promotes the use of peer health workers called promotoras. "It's a strong message that churches can relay to parishioners.
As the number of people without health insurance rises to an estimated 60 million, please pray for everyone who lacks access to adequate healthcare in our country.