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Latino American Health Network
The Latino American Health Network (LAHN) grew out of an informal advisory council to the Promotores at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church. In June of 2002, the Promotores Advisory Council partnered with the health promoters to create and administer a survey to assess the needs of this population.

Out of this effort grew not only an invaluable fund of information about how to better serve this population but also the recognition of the need to create a more formal entity to track the health needs of this community and to advocate for improved health services.

In September of 2002, the Latino-American Health Network (LAHN) was formalized as an independent group. In November of 2002, we adopted our name and a guiding statement of Values, Visions and Operating Principles.

Through a generous grant from the Congress of the Mission to administer aggressive diabetes and mental health outreach programs, initiated at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church.

Subsequently, LAHN acquired non-profit status under its own 501(C)3 charter with the Internal Revenue Service in 2005. LAHN bases its efforts to serve the Latino community on certain fundamental assumptions, beliefs and values related to health care within the Latino-American/Spanish-speaking community:
  • There are specific needs within this community related to linguistic, cultural, spiritual, economic, and other issues.
  • There is an essential need to work to understand these issues in order to better serve this community.
  • There is a great need to link this community to existing resources and solutions.
  • There is a need to foster collaborative efforts to link existing organizations.
  • There is a need to expand services and possibly create new services while being mindful of not inadvertently depleting existing resources.
  • There is a need to develop remedial and incremental goals and a way to monitor progress in achieving these goals.
  • There is an immediate and ongoing need to creatively and persistently pursue sources of funding in order to achieve these goals.
Today, LAHN is in a position to widen and deepen its impact within the local community. Various non-profit organizations look to LAHN for consultation and referral support in grant-seeking to serve populations that are uninsured or under-insured for healthcare.
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